Ultra Music Festival
Coinciding annually with the Winter Music Conference is Ultra Music Festival, the largest Electronic Dance Music festival in the world. Over 200,000 people attend from all over the world. It’s in Miami, so naturally I roll out of bed and go. Pretty convenient if you ask me.
Ultra has been the home of performances from the world’s biggest electronic acts including Swedish House Mafia, The Prodigy, Tiësto, David Guetta, DeadMau5, Carl Cox, and have also included crossover acts in recent years, including The Killers, New Order, Duran Duran, The Black Eyed Peas and others.
There’s a very large stereotype about EDM festivals that include a lot of drug use and counterculture lifestyles. There are those things going on but there is also a very normal concert going experience filled with intense music that puts everyone in a great mood. It’s also filled with costumes and personalities of all types which make it an interesting event to attend.
My favorite acts that I’ve seen at Ultra have been Carl Cox, Crystal Castles, Benny Benassi, Orbital, Moby, and other notables from the genre. I always tell people that Ultra is not just a concert, it’s an experience!