Each year in March, Miami can be seen and heard for miles, with the blaring lights and booming bass of Ultra Music Festival.
The festival is located in Bayfront Park in downtown Miami, and much like the prestigious reputation of Tomorrowland, Ultra brings some of the biggest names in EDM. With lineups featuring the top dogs of EDM, combined with Miami’s legendary party scene, Ultra rightfully earns its status as one of the world’s biggest ragers.
Since Ultra added a third day to the festival weekend in 2011, they’ve sold out faster and faster each year. Today, they sell out within the first few minutes. With this momentum in ticket sales, the lineup only continues to improve with time, as 2016 brought us huge names like Armin Van Buuren, Avicii, Carl Cox, Hardwell, Kaskade, Martin Garrix, Tiesto, and Zedd. All in one weekend.
Ultra Miami 2017 will be taking place on March 24-26, but you can also find the Festival in a few other cities, now that they’ve expanded to new locations (Chile, various European countries, South Africa, Japan, Brazil, and Korea).
Named after the classic 1997 album by Depeche Mode, Ultra has been dominating spring break since 1999, and has quickly become a bucket list festival for many.
What you need to know before you go:
Ultra Miami has established “Miami Music Week” over the past few years, full of cheap and free shows throughout the city. Chances are, your favorite DJs will probably play at some point in the week, even if they’re not on the Ultra lineup. Let’s be real- everyone is in Miami this week.
Our pro tip: follow your favorite DJs on Twitter for location updates, or research the massive event lists online. If it’s a free set, get there early- especially if it’s a block party. Cheap crowds are competitive crowds.
2. Know the crowd
Ultra has a reputation for being a male-dominated festival, so be prepared. Although there are no accurate statistics on its population, due to the popular resell market, many Ultra attendees have estimated a two-to-one ratio. There are a lot of dudes.
Our takeaway: girls, you might want to prepare some emergency safety precautions, as the occasional dangerous incident has been known to happen. And guys, brush up on your pick-up approaches. You’ll have a ton of competition.
3. Master the re-sell market
People buy and sell festival tickets all the time; it’s the natural downside of high demand for the limited ticket supply. With that being said, don’t let yourself get scammed. Ultra, like most festivals, has no mercy for the many victims of ticket fraud. Each year, people shell out hundreds of dollars, just to get turned away.
You can prevent this from happening to you by demanding “proof of purchase”, which can be a receipt, order number, confirmation email, etc. If you’re worried about your ticket being a duplicate, show up early, to prevent someone getting in before you with the same ticket number. Do a background check on your seller, and ask them why they aren’t using the ticket themselves. Be smart about this purchase.
4. Cut your costs
Low cost hospitality is easier than ever with AirBnB and various Miami hostels. This goes without saying, but the bigger the group, the lower the cost per person- and you might make some great friends while doing so!
For meals, take nutritional shake packets or protein bars with you to the venue, to avoid waiting in long lines for overpriced meals (when you could be at a stage, dancing).
Oh- and for water, avoid all the overpriced bottles, and invest into a hydration backpack. (insert emoji lol)
We hope you all enjoy these tips! If you have any that we missed, feel free to add them into our comment section. Let us know if you plan on hitting up Ultra this year!