On April 24, Ultra Music Festival announced that its long-standing residency in downtown Miami will remain at Bayfront Park for next year’s anticipated 2015 dates after the City of Miami Commission approved its license in a vote early yesterday. The approval vote was contingent on the festival’s cooperation in making the following changes: replace private security firms at the event with Miami police; set up a helpline to report problems that occur for residents; implement a zero tolerance policy on drugs; and offer drug counseling sessions at the event.
Ultra Music Festival who was under recent scrutiny for the security breach that took place last March was on the brink of losing its license to perform in downtown Miami after a security guard was trampled by ticketless civilians, suffering brain injuries and a broken leg on opening day . The results of the anticipated vote was what many had projected after the Commissioner and Mayor withdrew their initial ‘resolution to ban Ultra’ in a meeting on April 10.
In response to the recent announcement, Ultra Music Festival stated in a press release,
"We are pleased with today’s decision by the City of Miami Commission to continue our long-standing tradition of producing the Ultra Music Festival in downtown Miami….The setting for the event in downtown Miami is part of what makes the event magical. We appreciate the commission for their vote today. We are pleased to continue our ongoing practice of assessing and implementing improved security measures as well as any recommendations from our ongoing security review being led by our new Director of Security, Police Chief Ray Martinez. We will continue to work closely with the City of Miami; the Bayfront Park Management Trust; Miami Police Department; municipal partners; small business owners and the local downtown community to ensure next year’s event is a safe, fun environment for concertgoers and Miami residents."
Ultra Music Festival, the well-established Miami brand has created a surge of over 1,800 direct jobs for the community and has attracted thousands of tourists to South Florida each year. An economic impact that has grossed over $80 million, Ultra Music Festival remains one of the most sought-after dance music events in the world.
Since its inception in 1999, Ultra Music Festival has garnered millions of attendees throughout the world to Ultra’s home in Miami, promoting the city as one of the world’s leading epicenters for electronic music and global live entertainment. Ultra Music Festival has become a cornerstone for the electronic dance music industry. Therefore, it would have been a travesty had it been taken away from where it first began and ultimately belongs. Ultra Music Festival 2015 will be taking place in Bayfront Park in downtown Miami on March 27-29. Lineup, tickets, and more information regarding next year’s festival can be found at Ultra’s official page.