UMF 2013 becomes a two weekend festival


Penina Remler, Assistant A&E Editor

The music is blaring, the beat is dropping and if you can see past the massive crowds of people, the only color to be seen is neon. Welcome to Ultra Music Festival.

Each year, the world-renowned electric music festival, Ultra, takes Miami by storm.  Since 1999, dedicated fans have shaped their entire lives around three days which many people like to consider a one-of-a-kind experience. It’s the kind of experience that allows for people to dance, rage and have an all-around good time.

In response to the rising popularity of electronic music, Ultra expanded its festival into a two-weekend event.  For the first time, fans had the option of choosing between two three-days sets which conveniently fall within Miami’s Music Week.

While expanding into two weekends allows for more people to attend, fans are bound to question which weekend will be better.  Headliners such as David Guetta, Calvin Harris, Deadmau5, Tiesto, Avicii and Swedish House Mafia will be playing at both sessions to keep the momentum alive.  Truly dedicated fans might find themselves eager for weekend two since it will conclude Swedish House Mafia’s final tour.

Festival coordinators also decided to broaden the offerings to other live performances.  Groups such as Matt and Kim, Crystal Castles, Boyz Noize and The Bloody Beetroots will also be taking the stage, supplementing the DJ groups.

Regardless of the range in sets, both weekends sold out instantly, before the lineups were even announced.  Tickets were sold in over 77 countries, collecting vast and global audiences.

Some question whether or not the event is worth the $1,000+ price tag, but experienced ravers will confirm it is worth the price. Beyond the music, the lights and technology in each set tend to take the performances above and beyond.

However, in a setting filled with wild young adults, there is also trouble to be found.  While the vibe of Ultra is known for being upbeat and energetic, many fans take are known to take it over the edge.  In such settings, drugs such as ecstasy and LSD are wildly abused, transforming a fun filled weekend into a potentially fatal one.

Overall, if one has the money to invest and the conscience to make smart decisions, Ultra Music Festival has the potential to be one of the greatest music weekends ever.