Ultra Miami 2019 has come and gone and with it we reminisce on the three days of music, star-studded lineups, and a venue reminiscent of a tropical getaway.
Miami recently held its 21st edition of the east coast’s biggest dance party, hosting over 170,000 guests from 105 different countries. This year was one of the biggest for Ultra Miami as it premiered its new location at the Miami Marine Stadium & Historic Virginia Key Beach Park. The new venue introduced two panoramic areas where guests could dance in their own designated area based on the genre of their choice.
On one end, four of Ultra’s eight unique stages could be found bumping the music of some of electronic music’s most beloved artists. Over the course of the weekend, the UMF Radio stage hosted the likes of Jay Robinson, Cazztek, Jai Wolf, Lost Frequencies, TV Noise, and dozens of others. At Ultra Worldwide, some crowd favorites included; Dombresky, Rezz, Malaa, and a performance from the duo Dog Blood, consisting of Skrillex and Boys Noize. This duo does not perform often therefore those in attendance received a special treat. At the Live Arena, Saturday and Sunday had the likes of Sophie, Griz, Infected Mushroom, and Bonnie x Clyde. On Sunday, however, A State of Trance took the stage and left listeners in an actual state of trance with performances from Armin Van Buuren, Vini Vici, Markus Schulz, and a handful of others. Headlining the Ultra MainStage this year was Marshmello, whose performance brought some literal fire on day one, the wildly young and talented Martin Garrix, and a crowd favorite, The Chainsmokers.
Meanwhile, on the other end of the festival, the artists at Resistance Island were hypnotizing crowds across four stages in total this year. Upon entry to this side of the festival, techno lovers could go left towards the Reflector Stage or right towards the Arrival Stage. The Reflector Stage featured some of techno music’s most popular names including the legendary Richie Hawtin, Matador, Dubfire, Nicole Moudaber, and Paco Osuna, who performed their highly anticipated b3b again this year, and a special performance by Testpilot who left the audience in shock and begging for more after his mesmerizing day 3 closing set. At the Arrival Stage, gracing the decks were the likes of Cristoph, Enrico Sangiuliano, Alan Fitzpatrick, and Coyu who undoubtedly played a highlight set of the weekend. The Oasis Stage held a variety of music and a multitude of genres could be heard coming from this area. From techno to hardstyle, dubstep to house, there was a taste of something for everybody. Meanwhile, showing up full force for yet another year was the Megastructure, hosted by none other than Carl Cox, one of techno’s most beloved. Joining him at this revolutionary stage was Adam Beyer, Loco Dice, The Martinez Brothers, Hot Since 82, Tale of Us, and a plethora of other superstars. Each year, the Megastructure continues to shock attendees with its massive scale and unparalleled production. All weekend, the elegant moves of entrancing dancers and thousands of shooting lasers captivated those from around the world.
With the event now wrapped up, those in attendance at this musical getaway now reminisce on a weekend like no other. For more than two decades, Ultra has crafted an ultimate scenic getaway and will undoubtedly continue to do so for decades to come. Keep an eye out and an ear open for what Ultra has in store for next year and stay up to date with it all here.