The 2016 edition of Ultra Miami occurred on March 18, 19, and 20. Phase 1 of the 2016 lineup was announced on December 16, 2015; among others, it was revealed that the festival would feature the reunions of Rabbit in the Moon and Pendulum, along with other headliners such as Eric Prydz and The Prodigy. Phase 2 of the lineup was announced on February 17, 2016, including Afrojack, Armin van Buuren, Avicii, Carl Cox, Dash Berlin, David Guetta, deadmau5, Hardwell, Kaskade, Martin Garrix, DJ Snake, Steve Angello, Tiësto, Zedd, and others. General Admission tickets for 2016 officially sold out on January 21st, 2016. The Resistance stage also returned, featuring Arcadia Spectacular’s “The Spider” stage.
As band member Maxim was unable to attend due to medical issues, The Prodigy cancelled their Saturday night performance. Deadmau5 took their place, giving him a second performance alongside his previously scheduled Sunday appearance as part of the A State of Trance stage. Knife Party and Pendulum closed the festival on the final day with a guest appearance by Tom Morello, and an additional appearance by deadmau5 where they played his song “Ghosts ‘n’ Stuff”.
Ultra 2016 has had the lowest number of arrests since 2012, at only 67 (29 felony arrests and 38 misdemeanors). There were less than 70 medical incidents reported, from cut fingers to severe medical issues. Among the few who were taken to hospitals during the festival, Adam Levine, a 21 year old student at the University of Miami, died at a nearby hospital after being transported from Ultra on friday night. No cause of death has been released.
Ultra Music Festival (UMF) is an annual outdoor electronic music festival that occurs in March in the city of Miami, Florida, United States. The festival, which was founded in 1999 by Russell Faibisch and Alex Omes, is named after the 1997 Depeche Mode album, Ultra.Ultra Music Festival coincides with the annual Winter Music Conference, which is also held in Miami.
Ultra is held in Downtown Miami in Bayfront Park. It was a one-day festival from 1999 to 2006, a two-day festival from 2007 to 2010, and was a three-day festival in 2011 and 2012. In 2012, a record 155,000 people attended the festival. In 2013, for the first time in festival history, UMF took place across two consecutive weekends. In 2014, the festival returned to a one-weekend format, taking place on Friday, March 28 through Sunday March 30. Presale Tickets went on sale online May 21, 2013 selling out in a matter of seconds; standard priced tickets sold out on the last day before the event.
Other Ultra festivals are held in Ibiza, Spain; Buenos Aires, Argentina; São Paulo, Brazil; Santiago, Chile; Seoul, South Korea; Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa; Split and Hvar, Croatia; Bangkok, Thailand and Tokyo, Japan. In December, 2013 Ultra Worldwide announced to first edition of the festival in Bogotá, Colombia to be held on February 20 & 21 2014. Most recently Ultra announced Road to Ultra Thailand and will be Held at Bitec Bangna convention center on September 26, 2014.
Although they share names, UMF was not directly tied to Ultra Records, an electronic music record label. However, the two entities did announce a “global alliance” in August 2012, which would allow them to collaborate on marketing and cross-promotion.