105 // TURN UP THE UL­TRA

Ocean Drive - - Contents March 2017 - BY CARLA TOR­RES

Now a global phe­nom­e­non, Mi­ami’s long­est-run­ning mu­sic fes­ti­val is back for three days of mu­si­cal may­hem— and a fire-breath­ing spi­der you need to see to be­lieve.

NOW A GLOBAL PHE­NOM­E­NON, MI­AMI’S LONG­EST-RUN­NING MU­SIC FES­TI­VAL IS BACK FOR THREE DAYS OF MU­SI­CAL MAY­HEM— AND A FIRE-BREATH­ING SPI­DER YOU NEED TO SEE TO BE­LIEVE.

An­other year, an­other sold-out Ul­tra Mu­sic Fes­ti­val. What be­gan as a one-day beach bash for Mi­ami­ans has now been repli­cated in 17 coun­tries and on five con­ti­nents. But with 165,000 in­ter­na­tional at­ten­dees ex­pected from March 24 to 26, the 19th an­nual UMF Mi­ami con­tin­ues to be the flag­ship of the world­wide hit. Founder Rus­sell Faibisch re­minds us why:

STAGE STATS: “All eight stages have their own en­ergy,” says Faibisch. “This year’s Main Stage will keep break­ing bar­ri­ers in de­sign and bring­ing crazy ideas to life.” LINEUP LESSONS: “We have more than 200 artist per­for­mances, and the live mu­sic of­fer­ings will be the best ever pre­sented in our

“THE LIVE MU­SIC OF­FER­INGS WILL BE THE BEST EVER PRE­SENTED IN OUR 19-YEAR HIS­TORY.” —RUS­SELL FAIBISCH

19-year his­tory. When was the last time you saw Jus­tice, The Prodigy, Un­der­world, Ma­jor Lazer, Carl Cox, and Sasha & John Dig­weed (to­gether!) on the same lineup?” Avoid de­ci­sion paral­y­sis by plan­ning your day us­ing the of­fi­cial Ul­tra Mu­sic Fes­ti­val app.

MOUNT RE­SIS­TANCE: “[The] Re­sis­tance [event] is spread­ing and tak­ing over two stages to in­clude the Ar­ca­dia Spi­der and Carl Cox Me­gas­truc­ture, which has lit­er­ally be­come a fes­ti­val within the fes­ti­val. Get ready to go on a metic­u­lously pro­grammed mu­si­cal/vis­ual jour­ney through the dark side of Ul­tra.”

BE­WARE OF THE FIRE-BREATH­ING SPI­DER: “I dis­cov­ered it at Glastonbury Fes­ti­val sev­eral years ago and told my­self I had to bring it to Amer­ica. Ul­tra Mi­ami is the only place you’ll see it in the United States.” Warn­ing: Be sure to pay ex­tra at­ten­tion to its legs.

THE CARL COX ME­GAS­TRUC­TURE GETS AN UP­GRADE: Think 3,500 LED video tiles, over 950 lights, and 2,500 lin­ear feet of truss­ing, plus lasers and per­form­ers fly­ing over­head. “That stage is spe­cial... Carl Cox is such an im­por­tant part of our his­tory (since 2001) and fam­ily that we made him global am­bas­sador.” VERY IM­POR­TANT PEO­PLE: “We’re adding a stand­ing room-only sec­tion for VIP ticket hold­ers in front of the Main Stage.” HIS­TORY-MAK­ING ACTS: “Those are kept com­pletely un­der wraps till show­time. Last year, Tom Morello and dead­mau5 per­formed with Pen­du­lum dur­ing their re­union set. The year be­fore, [we had] Justin Bieber with Skrillex, Usher with Martin Gar­rix, and Ari­ana Grande with Cash­mere Cat. Peo­ple are still talk­ing about the year Madonna in­tro­duced Avicii. The re­veal and an­tic­i­pa­tion is part of the fun and those ex­tra few heart­beats per minute.” March 24–26 at Bayfront Park, 301 Bis­cayne Blvd., Mi­ami; ul­tra­mu­sicfes­ti­val.com

The not-so-it­sy­itsy Ar­ca­dia Spi­der lasts 5M-foot flames into the Magic City sky and darts lights and lasers through hyped-up rl­tra mo s.

The mu­si­cal fire­works on­stage are matched only y the ac­tual fire­works over­head on day three of rl­tra Mu­sic ces­ti­val. BE­LOW: Marsh­mello (TOƩ) and Steve An­gello at last yeards rl­tra.

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