Festival season is finally upon us, and with so many festivals taking place across the globe each year, it can be challenging to pick and choose which ones to add to your yearly festival roster. If your 2023 festival plans are still in the works, there’s no reason why Ultra Music Festival Miami shouldn’t make it to the top of your list.
Recognized as the world’s leading electronic dance music festival, Ultra is the type of festival you go to once and keep coming back for more year after year. For years, the pristine festival in the heart of Downtown Miami has captivated dance music lovers with its otherworldly productions, iconic stage designs, unparalleled al fresco tropical ambiance, and stellar performances from the most extravagant names in the industry.
This year, UMF attendees can expect a plethora of brand-new thrilling experiences all weekend long. While every Ultra production never ceases to amaze festival goers, this upcoming 2023 production is en route to be its best one yet. Below you’ll find our five reasons why Ultra Music Festival Miami should be on your 2023 festival roster. And after discovering what will make it so special this time around, there’s absolutely no excuse to skip out on Ultra Miami later this month!
Exclusive B2B Performances
Ultra never fails to recruit some of the most compatible artists to collaborate on the decks together across multiple stages throughout the course of the festival. This year, attendees will be able to witness Australian house guru Dom Dolla go b2b with Brazilian all-star Vintage Culture and watch future-house pioneers Oliver Heldens and Tchami bounce off each other’s energy while on stage together over at the Main Stage. The Worldwide stage will see performances from the likes of Armin van Buuren b2b Ferry Corsten and Jauz b2b Svdden Death. Maceo Plex b2b Michael Bibi, Testpilot b2b HI-LO, Nicole Moudaber b2b Chris Liebing, and more will be taking over the Resistance Megastructure and The Cove throughout the weekend as well. We can already feel the energy all of these exclusive b2b performances will bring.
If you’ve been in the dance music scene for quite some time, the names Kaskade and Deadmau5 should definitely ring a bell. Ever since the two prodigies collaborated on the legendary track “I Remember” back in 2008, both artists have been put up on the same pedestal and have since revolutionized dance music with their unique music production abilities. This year, for the first time in UMF history, the two Ultra mainstays will come together as one to debut their Kx5 project on Sunday, March 26th. The duo has only performed a select number of shows under Kx5 since the project was launched, and Ultra is the perfect locale to present this one-of-a-kind performance for the entire world to experience.
The Return of Swedish House Mafia
Millennials, it’s time to relive your 2012-2013 glory days with the return of Swedish House Mafia at UMF. The internationally acclaimed trio concluded their Farewell Tour at UMF back in 2013 and then performed their exclusive reunion show at Ultra in 2018, which was easily one of the festival’s most memorable moments of all time. This will be the first time electronic music legends Axwell, Steve Angello, and Sebastian Ingrosso will be back on the UMF Main Stage as Swedish House Mafia in five years, so get ready to sing to “Don’t You Worry Child” at the top of your lungs on day three of the festival.
7 Uniquely Designed Stages With Stunning Miami Skyline Views
One of the many attributes that make Ultra Music Festival stand out from the rest is that no matter where in the festival you reside, breathtaking Miami skyline views follow. The festival will feature seven uniquely designed stages spanned across the Bayfront Park grounds, with each stage scheduled to feature a wide array of electronic dance music subgenres for festival goers of all calibers to indulge in. This year’s stage programming includes the highly-favorited Main Stage, the Resistance Megastructure, the return of The Cove for all tech-house lovers, the Worldwide Stage aka “The Arc”, the Live Stage, the UMF Radio Stage, and the Oasis. The best part of it all is that walking from one stage to the next feels like an adventure itself.
Heavy Emphasis on Techno Acts
Ever since the debut of the ‘Carl Cox & Friends Arena’ at Ultra back in 2004 and establishing the RESISTANCE concept over the years, techno has blossomed into a tremendously exemplary staple of the acclaimed festival. Techno aficionados have always turned to Ultra to get the opportunity to witness their favorite artists live, but this year’s techno roundup might just be its most robust one yet. For starters, KNTXT imprint owner Charlotte De Witte will be playing the Ultra Main Stage, a rare phenomenon since names like ZEDD, Afrojack, Alesso, Hardwell, and others typically claim that sort of limelight. Flourishing techno acts such as Tale of Us, Mathame, Enrico Sangiuliano, Adam Beyer, Eric Prydz’s Cirez D alias, and of course, the king of techno himself Carl Cox, are just a few of the many names that will be representing the techno genre in full force all weekend long.
Ultra Music Festival 2023, is 90% sold out, so make sure to snag your tickets here before they sell out!
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