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It looks like all is not well at Ultra Music Festival. As their 2020 edition draws near, more problems are popping up and resurfacing, making it seem like it’s 2019 all over again. Reportedly, the citizens of Miami are attempting to block the EDM festival from happening via a lawsuit against the city.  According to the Miami Herald, a coalition of residents called the Downtown Neighbors Alliance is suing Miami city of violating its own charter, permitting an illegal nuisance, and flouting its own public bidding laws. “Between 2012 and 2019, the city allowed Ultra to conduct music festivals in Bayfront Park, and blast catastrophic volumes of noise into plaintiffs’ and other downtown Miami residents’ homes, depriving them of the quiet enjoyment of their homes, and also depriving plaintiffs and other downtown residents access to Bayfront Park for several months each year,” said the lawsuit. For now, the city council has yet to respond. 

The lawsuit comes after it was reported that there’s still no contract between the city and the festival. New of this first came to light late last year, to which the organizers publicly denied and stated: “Ultra’s agreement was previously ratified in July and, as is customary, we are working with the City Administration on some final touches.”. Now, such news still persists. And since there’s allegedly no contract yet, the citizens of Miami have made their move to block the festival from happening at Bayfront Park. According to the Miami Herald, the lawsuit serves as “an injunction to stop Ultra from proceeding this year, arguing the resolution passed by three of five city commissioners in July is invalid,”.  Despite this news, however, Ultra Music Festival still seems that they’re ready for their 2020 edition. They’ve already released their star-studded lineup, which includes Flume, Adam Beyer, Nicole Moudaber, and the like. Also, they’ve revealed their special stages. Hardwell and Martin Garrix will both host the UMF Radio stage with their respective labels. While Carl Cox will take over another stage for his “Resistance Miami” set. And Armin van Buuren’s “A State Of Trance” will also return this year but the festival still has yet to announce which stage it will feature on. Fans are hoping to see all of them come March.  

In other lineup news, Kygo will also make a return to Ultra Music Festival this year. The festival’s official Twitter account posted the news this past weekend. “🌴 Welcome back, @KygoMusic 🌴” they tweeted. The last time Kygo made an appearance at the festival was 2017. He served as Martin Garrix‘s surprise guest during his own bombastic set. But the last time the festival actually booked the Australian DJ for his own set was back in 2016. This time, they got him for a sunset slot to help end the night right. 

The Ultra Music Festival will run from March 20 to 22, 2020. It will reportedly still happen at the Bayfront Park in Miami, Florida but this still might chance amidst legal troubles. Stay tuned on this space for more updates. 

Image Credits:

  1. Ultra Music Festival Featured Festival – Martin Garrix YouTube Channel
  2. Festival Ultra Miami – OzEDM.com
  3. Miami Ultra Music Festival – YourEDM.com