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It’s a couple of months away, but the Ultra Music Festival already has a lot of exciting surprises for their fans. Just this past weekend, they announced that Resistance will occupy the festival’s Megastructure area. Ultimately, this means Armin Van Buuren will present his ‘A Stage Of Trance‘ set in a rather different way next year. 

In the wake of their recent Resistance Island announcement, Ultra reassured fans that ‘ASOT’ will still come back this 2020. “Trance Family, are you ready?@ASOT returns to Ultra Music Festival for its 10th Anniversary in Miami this March, taking place on a Saturday for the very first time!#BackToBayfront” the organizers tweeted. For the past editions, Van Buuren’s special stage has taken place on the festival’s famous ‘Megastructure’ stage during the Sunday leg of the event. But for 2020, it will take place on Saturday instead, for the very first time. As for the stage, Ultra has yet to reveal where in the festival ‘ASOT’ will happen. 

Ironically, Van Buuren’s ‘ASOT’ stage will celebrate its 10th-anniversary next year. For a decade or so, the Dutch DJ has upheld his own brand of trance music on this stage within the world-famous festival. He started it in 2001 first as a radio show in his home country, The Netherlands. The weekly program featured the EDM star play various trance tracks for two hours. It gained so much popularity that he eventually turned it into its own record label in 2003. A sub-label for Armada Music, EDM acts such as Filo & Peri, Markus Schulz, and Sean Tyas, among man others.  From the record label, A State Of Trance eventually made its way to the Ultra Music Festival in 2011. The first set that year was initially to celebrate the radio show’s 500th episode. But due to its success, it later became a mainstay within the annual festival. Since it first began in 2011, ‘ASOT’ has had its own arena in Ultra Miami year after year. With it, Van Buuren became one of the first DJs to have their own stages at a music festival. Typically, such events dedicate special stages for a sub-genre of EDM or a particular record label. It was only when Van Buuren stages his ‘ASOT’ stage that DJ-run arenas have become more common. 

In fact, the stage that’s taking over Ultra Miami’s Megastructure stage is that of another DJ’s: Carl Cox. his equally famous Resistance Island arena will take over the festival’s stage for all three days of the festival. “For the very FIRST time at Bayfront Park, the @Resistance @Carl_Cox MegaStructure returns for all 3 days of Ultra Music Festival this March! Prepare to enter another dimension of house, techno and everything in between…#BackToBayfront,” the festival tweeted. It was actually this announcement that had fans worried that Van Buuren’s ‘ASOT’ stage might not return next year. But according to the event’s more recent witter announcement, they have nothing to worry about. 

Ultra Music Festival 2020 will run from March 20 to 22, 2020 back on Bayfront Park in Miami. For now, the festival has yet to announce any headliners, but according to the return of such stages, it’s safe to assume that Carl Cox and Armin Van Buuren will return next year. Stay tuned on this space for more updates. 

Image Credits:

  1. A State Of Trance Featured Image – OZ EDM.com
  2. Ultra Music Festival – DJMag.com