Florida holds high hopes for Ultra Music Festival


From Friday, March 23 to Sunday, March 25, most people will probably be going about their daily lives. However, for 150,000 electronic music loving fans, this will be one of the biggest weekends of the year.

Ultra Music Festival in Miami, Fl. started in 1999 as a one-day event with performances by Rabbit in the Moon and DJ Baby Anne. Ultra was held in South Beach its first year and because of expansion was moved to Bayfront Park from 2000-05. Ultra has been expanding since then. From 2006-2011, it was held at Bicentennial Park. This year, Ultra has moved back to Bayfront Park for its three-day event.

Headliners for Ultra XIV on Friday include: Tiesto, Kraftwerk, Skrillex, Afrojack, Miike Snow, Pretty Lights, along with at least 60 more artists. On Saturday, the artists Justice, Avicii, Fatboy Slim, Duck Sauce, M83., along with at least 70 more artists will also perform. On Sunday, David Guetta, Armin Van Buuren, Kaskade, Bassnectar, Chase and Status, Knife Party, along with at least 80 more artists are scheduled to appear.

Ultra early bird tickets started at $149.95, then were sold at $229.95 and finally at $299.95. If you preferred the VIP tickets, the prince ran at $599.95 and the buyer must be 21 years of age or older. Tickets for the event sold-out in a record amount of time this year; an astounding 79 days before Ultra even begins.

If you are still hopeful to get a ticket to go to Ultra, Stubhub.com has tickets listed for prices ranging from $244 – $300 each. That does not include the airfare, price of gas to get there, hotel fees and other expenses.

It could be worth spending all that money to go to a festival that has been rated the Best Music Event by the International Dance Music Awards for the year 2005, as well as from 2007-2011.

Spring break may be over here in Shippensburg, but in Miami, the party is just getting started.


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