Despite all their pre-event struggles, Ultra Europe went off without a hitch. In fact, they even reported having a record-breaking attendance this year. People from all around the world gathered in Split, Croatia to watch the likes of Armin Van Buuren, The Chainsmokers, and Swedish House Mafia play their best sets live. The European iteration of the Miami-born music festival saw a whopping 120,000 people this past weekend. Fortunately, their new official venue, Park Mladeži in Split, Croatia, allowed them to host this big a crowd. In fact, the attendance record was so noteworthy that even Split mayor Andro Krustolivić-Opara commended Ultra Europe for such a successful event. “We will see what the figures are on Monday, as well as the income for tourism workers, for Split and Croatian tourism. This is a big success tonight, that’s the main reason for my happiness, which will continue as long as the festival is fun. All the conditions have already shown that we are going to go to the top,” he shared.
Alijana Vukšić, the director of the Split Tourist Board, also noted that the festival drew in a flurry of visitors from all around the world, resulting in high revenue for their tourism. “Hotels and the high category of private accommodation have so far been full. We hope that the arrival of these young Ultra guests will fill the rest of the private accommodation.” she relayed. “These positive young people say it best. One hundred forty countries are here, and we’ll talk about the final numbers after Ultra. If everything is as good as it started tonight, it will be one of the most successful Ultra festivals ever”. Originally, they planned to hold the event at their usual location, Poljud Stadium, but the latter effectively terminated their agreement. The stadium instead hosted a football rematch Gzira United F.C. and HNK Hajduk Split, leaving Ultra Europe venue-less for a time. Though the football match ultimately unsealed the deal between them, the termination of their partnership was a long time coming. The former has shared their frustrations in their inability to cope with hosting the festival year after year. They stressed that Ultra Europe usually leads to more harm than good and that the festival doesn’t even compensate for the damage they bring to the stadium.
Ultimately, there were no reports of any damage or rowdiness within the area during the entire weekend festival. There were, however, some counts of violation against Croatia’s Drug Abuse Act. It led to the arrest of 119 people in total, both local and foreign nationals. Still, it’s safe to say that Ultra Europe was a complete success. Swedish House Mafia’s electric set was perhaps one of the bigger highlights during the second day of the event. Even though they were scheduled to appear, fans were still unsure that they’d actually play. This was because just a month prior, they abruptly canceled their appearance in Ultra Korea on the day of the festival itself.
But here, not only did they bring the house down, but they also unveiled a new track with A$AP Rocky. When they plated it during their set, they lit up the hashtag #JusticeForRocky onstage. As of the moment, the rapper is incarcerated in Stolkholm, Sweden after a physical altercation led to his arrest. There’s no word yet as to how long he’ll be jailed for, but fans and friends have already campaigned for his release on social media with the hashtag.
As a result of their success, Ultra Europe is already gearing up for their 2020 edition. It will run from July 10 to 12, 2020, most probably in the same venue, Park Mladeži. They’ve already started selling a limited number of tickets for the event. Click here to get more information.
- Ultra Europe Featured Image – Croatia.hr
- Fireworks at Ultra Europe – DJmag.de
- Flags at Ultra Europe – EDM Tracklist.com