Despite recent threats to rescind Ultra Music Festival’s license to perform at Bayfront Park in downtown Miami in 2015, Miami’s Commissioner Marc Sarnoff and Mayor Tomás Regalado both withdrew their initial "resolution” to ban Ultra Music Festival in a meeting on April 10.
In lieu of a recent security breech at this year’s Ultra Music Festival where a 28-year-old security guard was trampled by ticketless civilians in an attempt to enter, the April 10 meeting was put-forth in an effort to prohibit Ultra Music Festival from hosting future concerts at Bayfront Park in downtown Miami. However, both the Commissioner and Mayor have since requested to have the issue be "discussed" by the City Commission at a later date on April 24th at 10 a.m.
Ultra Music Festival continues to outreach to supporters for help. With backing from Greater Miami and Beaches Hotel Association, downtown businesses, residents, and the unconditional support from Ultra fans world-wide, a temporary victory was delivered today in an effort to keep Ultra within its origins. A petition on change.org urges Ultra supporters to continue to support and ask Miami’s elected officials to, “Keep Ultra Music Festival in Miami.”
Since its opening day when the security incident occurred, Ultra organizers have said that they have port-forth a comprehensive review of its security procedures. Ultra remains committed to working with the City of Miami, its Police Department, Fire Department, and Bayfront Park Trust to make Ultra Music Festival a safer, more secure and successful event for 2015 and in years to come.
Ultra Music Festival is not only one of the most sought-after festivals in the world, but it also provides vast economic support for the city of Miami and its surrounding neighborhoods and communities. Just last year alone, the 3-day annual event generated over 223 million dollars for the city. Since its inception in 1999, Ultra Music Festival has garnered millions of attendees throughout the world to Miami, promoting the city as one of the world's leaders in electronic music and global-live entertainment.
Despite the recent backlash and harsh criticism EDM events have received in the media, anybody who has actually attended these events would realize that the vast majority of those in attendance are actually friendly, law-abiding citizens who merely hold a passion and devotion to music. Ultra Music Festival has become a cornerstone for the electronic dance music industry and fans should not let it be ostracized from where it first began and belongs. Sign the petition here.