Ultra Music Festival

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Ultra Music Festival is an outdoor electronic music event held annually in Miami, Florida during the Winter Music Conference which occurs annually during the month of March. It is a 2-day event (although it was a 1-day event until 2007) that takes place across 12 different stages featuring over 200 artists, DJs, producers and promoters.

From 2001 to 2005, UMF was held outdoors in Bayfront Park, Miami. The first two UMFs (1999, & 2000) were actually held on South Beach in Miami Beach, however UMF attendance exceeded the possible beach permits and was subsequently moved to the venue of Bayfront Park. The top DJs, artists, and VJ (video performance artist) of the evening perform in the amphitheater designed to hold thousands of attendees. There is a second main stage (called the 'Sound stage') and 10 other specialized music areas scattered throughout the park featuring Drum and Bass, House, Techno, Electro, Breakbeats, Trance, and other various styles of electronic music.

In 2005 the concert was so popular that it sold out. With the festival growing so big, in 2006 the Miami event had been moved to an even bigger venue, Bicentennial Park, next door to its past home. In 2007, with Winter Music Conference in full swing, Ultra Music Festival had its first 2-Day Event held at Bicentennial Park with a record breaking 50,000+ electronic music fans. Ultra Music Festival celebrated its 10th anniversary on Friday and Saturday, March 28 and 29th, 2008, where an announcement was made that the festival had set a new City of Miami record for the number of tickets sold at a single event. It is estimated that over 70,000 people attended.

Ultra Music Festival, in association with Ultra Records, produces an event in New York City's Central Park called ULTRA:NY, which also sold out in 2005. The success has brought Ultra:NY back for a second year.

Ultra Music Festival is currently presenting a radio show each week on Sirius satellite radio.

Ultra Music Festival

The World’s most famous outdoor electronic music event, is held annually in Miami, Florida during March, coinciding with the Winter Music Conference. This legendary festival has won “Best Music Event” by the International Dance Music Awards (IDMA) in 2009, 2008, 2007 & 2005, “Best International Dance Music Festival” by the Ibiza DJ Awards in 2008 and “Best Festival” by the Village Voice Media New Times in 2009, 2008, 2007 & 2006. To date, Ultra has grown each and every year in attendance, strength of line-up and production value. UMF Miami 2009 set a new record with more than 85,000 party people in attendance over two days, coming to Ultra from 56 countries & territories, 50 states and Puerto Rico.

Originally created as a pure EDM (electronic dance music) festival in 1999, Ultra has grown through the years to present not only the World’s hottest, biggest and best headline EDM artists (The Prodigy, The Chemical Brothers, Tiesto, Underworld, MOBY, Fatboy Slim, Carl Cox, Paul van Dyk, David Guetta, Armin Van Buuren, Erick Morillo, Deadmau5 and Paul Oakenfold, to name a few), but also crossover headline bands that incorporate EDM elements in their music and have a history, or new beginning in the EDM community and culture (The Cure, The Killers, The Black Eyed Peas, Bloc Party, The Bravery).


UMF expanded to a 2-day festival in 2007 and now boasts 16 stages set over both days featuring more than 250 bands, DJs, artists, and producers. Every EDM genre and sub genre is represented at Ultra (house, trance, electro, indie-rock, dance rock, techno, drum & bass, breakbeat, alternative, minimal, big beat, jamtronica and more…).

Ultra Music Festival features the most cutting edge production in the industry and festival circuit, thanks in large part to an all star production team that includes Ray Steinman, Steve Leiberman, Jim Baggott, Terry Mcneill and Vello Virkhaus. Some of the production jewels of the festival include the Ultra Main Stage, Carl Cox & Friends Arena, Bayfront Stage and Mid Park Tent.

Breakthrough Talent

In addition to the big stages, UMF has always put an emphasis on creating an outlet for up and coming talent to emerge. Since 1999 there have been “locals” stages at the festival. Initially this included local, undiscovered Florida talent trying to make a name for themselves. Today this concept has evolved and grown into four different Breakthrough Stages at Ultra with more than 75 up and coming artists from all over the US, Europe, South America, Australia and Asia who participate.

Eco Village & Ultra Green

A very special element of UMF is known as the Eco Village. Established in 2004, the Eco Village is presented by Ultra for Life, an influential Non-Profit organization dedicated to uniting people in actions to protect our planet via the outlet of Music and Gathering. More than 20 charity groups and non-profit organizations set up at the Eco Village, promoting and creating awareness for their cause. Green Peace, Dance 4 Life, Life Beat, Red Cross, Animal Rights Foundation of Florida, Rescue Earth and Environment Florida are just a few who have participated and become a vital part of the Eco Village over the years. More than 45 artists play the Eco Village Sound Stage throughout the Ultra Weekend. For the fourth consecutive year, Ultra continues taking significant steps in Greening efforts throughout the festival.

Ultra History

Created and founded in 1999 by partners Russell Faibisch and Alex Omes (an EDM promoter and the publisher of DVOX magazine at the time, respectively), Ultra’s first two years took place where the sands of Miami’s South Beach meet the Atlantic Ocean. After a truly magical debut festival, UItra was officially born. Some of the highlight performances from the beach years included Rabbit in the Moon, Paul van Dyk, Sasha & John Digweed, LTJ Bukem, Hybrid, Union Jack, Icey and Josh Wink. The attendance more than doubled the second year on the beach and so it was time to find a bigger waterfront home. UMF settled in across the bay from South Beach at Bayfront Park & Amphitheater from 2001 thru 2005 (UMF 3-7). Here the festival thrived and expanded from 3 stages to more than 12, and with it, the opportunity was created for more people to see more artists and hear more music. Some highlight performances and memories from the bayfront years include Underworld, Paul van Dyk closing amphitheater sets, MOBY, The Crystal Method, Paul Oakenfold, Tiesto, Junkie XL, The Chemical Brothers, Carl Cox & Friends Arena debut, The Streets, The Rapture, LCD Soundsystem, Danny Tenaglia’s Be Yourself Arena, The ElectroClash Stage and Erick Morillo’s Subliminal Tent. This era was also the beginning of the UMF/WMC alliance.

In 2005, Adam Russakoff and Charles Faibisch were brough into the core team and after achieving the first ever sellout in the history of ticketed events at Bayfront Park, once again it was time for Ultra to move forward and find a newer, bigger, better home. Bicentennial Park, next door to Bayfront Park and nestled in-between Biscayne Bay and downtown Miami, was the natural choice and has allowed Ultra to become the proper, full on music festival that it was destined to be. Highlights at Bicentennial Park include expanding to 2 days, the Ultra Decade Edition, The Cure, The Killers, The Prodigy, Tiesto, Carl Cox closing sets in his mega-tent, The Black Eyed Peas, Fatboy Slim @ CC&F, David Guetta @ CC& F + main stage, Justice, MOBY dj @ CC&F and the introduction of new live acts that have injected fresh life into the EDM scene. Artists such as Crystal Castles, Cut Copy, Booka Shade, Pendulum, MSTRKRFT, Digitalism, The Ting Tings, Santigold, Simain Mobile Disco, Late of the Pier, Hot Hot Heat, Hard Fi and the list goes on…

The story doesn’t end here. Ultra continues to write its history as each year passes, breaking boundaries on the international festival landscape and consistently presenting the most ground breaking line-ups and technologically advanced production possible. Tremendous plans are in motion for the 12th Annual Ultra Music Festival. Get excited… it will be the best one yet!

Carry On – Official UMF After Parties

2005 marked the creation of the Carry On, Ultra’s Official After Party. The first two years of the Carry On events in Miami were held at the American Airlines Arena, next door to Bayfront Park. Both SOLD OUT with 9,000 in attendance and line-ups consisting of Sasha & John Digweed, Rabbit in the Moon, The Orb, Danny Tenaglia, Roni Size, Unkle, Hernan Cattaneo, Easy Star All Stars, Sandra Collins & Vello Virhaus, to name a few. Miami Carry Ons 2007-2009 went underground moving from the AA Arena to large clubs in close proximately to the festival. Plans to bring the Carry On back as a high profile WMC event are in the works. Carry On parties have also taken place at NYC’s famed Crobar nightclub and throughout various venues in Brasil.

UMF Worldwide

UMF Events take place throughout the world year-round. Currently markets include Miami, Brasil, Ibiza, New York City and Puerto Rico, with new countries and cities soon to be announced.


Major plans are under way for UMF Brasil 2010, which is scheduled to be the largest EDM music festival ever to take place in this country of passionate music lovers. UMF Brasil 2009 took place in the beautiful city of Balneario Camboriu. This event was held on top of a mountain, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and was the exclusive 2009 performance by Tiesto in Brasil. UMF Brasil 2008 SOLD OUT in both Sao Paulo and Belo Horizonte. These two events took place simultaneously in two different cities with artists being transported by private jets to able to play both shows. These groundbreaking events featured Carl Cox, Erick Morillo, Benny Benassi, Fedde Le Grand, Booka Shade, Yves La Rock and Tocadisco, among others.


2009 marks the third Ibiza season for UMF at Amnesia. This year on Aug 25th UMF takes over Amnesia with Armin Van Buuren in the Main Room and Roger Sanchez on The Terrace.

New York City & Puerto Rico

Currently in the works are 2010 festivals in New York City and Puerto Rico, in addition to another city that will be announced at a later date. In 2005 and 2006, Ultra Music Festival and Ultra Records teamed up and produced Ultra NY, SELLING OUT Central Park’s Rumsey Field. Ultra NY highlight performances include The Chemical Brothers, MOBY, Paul Oakenfold, John Digweed, Benny Benassi, Danny Tenaglia, Erick Morillo, Timo Maas, MYLO, 2manyDJs-Soulwax and more.

UMF Radio

Ultra Music Festival presents UMF RADIO. A weekly two-hour show, nationally broadcast to hundreds of thousands of listeners in the United States on XM Sirius Satellite Radio (Fridays 4-6pm EST | Area – Ch. 38 + 80). UMF Radio is also broadcast throughout Brasil.

UMF Music

Ultra Music Festival annual Album compilations featuring the hottest artists playing UMF are released on the premier EDM label, Ultra Records.

UMF Video

In 2004 UMF Films released the pioneering music festival movie “The UMF Experience”. Thanks to the HD vision of UMF, this film made music television history by being the first ever music festival recorded and broadcast in Hi-Definition (HD), being made available on Pay Per View to more than 88 MILLION homes for 40 days. “The UMF Experience 2004” was also released on DVD, broadcast on the INHD network for two years and received offers for distribution in 18 different countries. 2006 saw the limited release of “The UMF Experience 2005”, the second festival movie. Only ticket holders of Ultra 2006 received a copy of this DVD at the festival. Currently in production are two new festival movie projects, “The UMF Experience 2009” and “The UMF Experience – Decade”. “Decade” will feature highlight performances from UMF 1999-2008.