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Having just released their phase 1 lineup last week, Ultra Music Festival 2020 is already so hyped up! And after the hot mess they went through to finalize the event, they deserve to do so. However, before getting fans excited, it seems the organizers still have a lot to do in preparing the festival.  According to various news outlets, Ultra Music Festival organizers have yet to sign the contracts officially permitting the event to return to Bayfront Park. And they only have four months remaining from when it’s set to take place. Because of this, fans wonder why they haven’t completely finalized everything yet. The Miami Herald reported that the organizers have yet to sign the licensing contracts. They need them to host the EDM festival on Bayfront Park. On top of that, they still have to pay all sorts of fees and get permits in check. They also have to present a traffic management plan for the city of Miami. And all of these come with strict deadlines that have to meet.  

The organizers, however, pushed back on this. They claim that, despite what many are reporting, they have and are continuing to work hard to make Ultra Music Festival 2020 as seamless an event as possible. “We released an amazing Phase 1 lineup last week which received an overwhelmingly positive response from our fans around the world, and like everyone else, we are excited about returning to Bayfront Park in March. Ultra’s agreement was previously ratified in July and, as is customary, we are working with the City Administration on some final touches.” a representative from the festival shared.  Throughout 2019, Ultra Music Festival remained in the headlines for what was a tumultuous year. Earlier this year, Miami city canceled their agreement with the event, prompting them to change venues for their 2019 edition. For the first time ever, Ultra held their main summer festival at Virginia Key, which itself became a polarizing event. After that, they decided to leave Miami and explore other locations outside of the city. There even came a point that various Floridian venues began courting the organizers. They wanted to take the festival to their respective areas. As a result, the Miami City Council reached a resolution to allow Ultra Music Festival back to Bayfront Park, at least, for 2020. 

The timing couldn’t have been more perfect for the resolution too, as the festival will celebrate its 20th anniversary this upcoming 2020 edition. And judging by their lineup so far, it’s going to be quite the party! The festival has already released its Phase 1 lineup for next year, which includes the likes of Armin van Buuren, Major Lazer, Nicole Moudaber, Carl Cox, and more. This year, the event will also feature two special stages. Armin van Buuren’s “A State Of Trance” stage will return while Carl Cox’s “Resistance” stage will make its debut at the festival.  Ultra Music Festival will run from March 20 to 22, 2020 at Miami’s Bayfront Park. Tickets have already gone on sale and you can avail them by clicking here! Also, stay tuned on this space for more updates! 

Image Credits:

  1. Ultra Music Festival Featured Image – WeRaveYou.com
  2. Festival Ultra Miami – YourEDM.com
  3. Nighttime at Ultra Music Festival – Billboard.com