Ultra Music Festival Kicked Out Of Its Bayfront Park Home Finds New Home

Some September news perked the ears of Miami Music goers. A  unanimous vote was made to deny the contract for Ultra Music Festival to remain at Bayfront Park. During a meeting by the Miami City Commission of Planning and Zoning.  Then It  was decided that Ultra Music Festival will not be held at Bayfront Park in downtown Miami in 2019.

Bayfront Park in Downtown Miami has been home to Ultra Music Festival since the event’s third year in 2001. The festival has continued to bring hundreds of the top artists in dance music and alternative to Bayfront Park. And this has been going on now for nearly two decades. These artists include Tiësto, Underworld, Justice, Paul van Dyk, Carl Cox, and Armin van Buuren. Let not forget  MSTRKRFT, deadmau5, Annie Mac, Eric Prydz, Ferry Corsten, and Calvin Harris. Not to mention the works of Moby, The Crystal Method, Boys Noize, Benny Benassi,a nd  Armand van Helden. Of course legendary  David Guetta, Martin Garrix, DJ Snake, Hardwell, and many more. Elton John, though  loved by many baby- boomer-Ultra-Music-Festival-lovers, did not make the cut.

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Alternative venues in Miami for a festival of this size are few and far between. Miami Beach and Key Biscaye are both far too small. It would also be a huge shock if they tried to host it at the Dolphins stadium.

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The meeting lasted well over an hour. During discussions, representatives on the council were arguing while reps for Ultra made their case, and even offered a one-year deal to the city of Miami.

The contract need a four-fifths approval to pass, meaning any more than one ‘no’ vote would reject the contract. Every council member voted unanimously to shoot down the contract in its current form.

According to Miami Herald reporter Joey Flechas on the scene, an Ultra rep “still believes festival could offer a contract that would satisfy neighbors and commissioners.  Write out a contract on time for a March 2019 festival. Neighbors aren’t buying it right now. They say it’s unlikely.”

Ultra Music Festival Shares Drone Footage Of New Home: Virginia Key Beach Park

Ultra Music Festival (UMF) appears eager to plant their roots in Virginia Key Beach Park this coming March.

Earlier this month, team UMF received a green light to hold the event on the barrier island of Virginia Key just outside of Miami after a contentious vote prevented them from returning to their previous home in Bayfront Park. Despite the forced relocation, UMF’s team has remained seemingly unfazed by the move and continues to build excitement for their new venue. Newly released drone footage presents the promise of an iconic view of the Miami skyline and a comfortable new atmosphere for the who’s who of electronic music set to play early next year.


As new content arrives from the UMF team, public fears regarding the future of the festival as it adjusts to the move are quickly being subdued. Almost immediately after confirmation of the move to Virginia Key came down from the Miami City Commission, UMF released a short teaser titled “Ultra Music Festival 2019 – A New Chapter.” The video runs through a brief history of the venues the festival has held throughout its 20 years in Miami.

One thing the video makes clear: Ultra Music Festival is adaptable. For this reason, they’ve embraced change many times before. As a result, they’re rising to the occasion again. Check out the aerial footage of UMF’s new home on Virginia Key and stay tuned for more as we draw closer to Miami Music Week 2019.

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