Every March, electronic music artists and fans take over Miami, Florida, during the Ultra Music Festival. The festival takes place in Bicentennial Park or Bayfront Park, and attracts hundreds of thousands of people every year. Though it started out as a 1-day event, Ultra Music Festival got bigger every year, eventually expanding to a 3-day festival as of 2011.
For the first time in 2011, fans attending the festival were required to purchase a 3-day pass instead of a single day ticket. Pre-sale tickets sold out in 20 minutes in 2012, and ranged from $149-229. The growing popularity of electronic music has caused tickets to sell out faster every year, and some fans even pay $599 for VIP passes. Interestingly, the Ultra Music Festival is crossing the Atlantic and expanding to international crowds. In June 2012, the festival will take place in Warsaw, Poland and feature some of the world’s biggest DJ’s.
Headliners for the 2012 Miami show included Avicii, Skrillex, David Guetta, and Tiesto. Swedish DJ Tim Bergling, better known as Avicii, was ranked #6 in DJ Magazine’s top 100 DJ’s in the world in 2012. During his set at Ultra Music Festival, he was joined onstage by the legendary Madonna, further proving just how popular electronic music is getting. The 2012 festival attracted 165,000 fans to Miami, and shattered Miami’s record for tickets sold for a single event.
Due to the increased popularity of the genre and the festival itself, dates to the 2013 festival have already been announced. From March 22-24, 2013, Ultra Music Festival will once again come to Miami and draw hundreds of thousands of electronic music fans to Bayfront park for three days of DJ’s, glow sticks, and dancing. Tickets for the event are expected to sell out within minutes, and as the event gets closer, the top DJ’s in the world are sure to sign on to play this mega-popular festival once again.