Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Miami's Ultra Music Festival a weekend of beats for the feet

How would you like to dance along with tens of thousands of people to some of the best electronic artists in the world?

You can get your chance Friday through Sunday at the 16th annual Ultra Music Festival in Miami, a mostly electronic dance music gathering, with a few outtakes such as Chance the Rapper and Empire of the Sun. Of course there's a price for this much fun: $399.95 for a three-day pass, and on Tuesday the festival was 97 percent sold out. This huge spectacle attracts people from all over the world, as you can tell by many of the flags people carry in a kind-of sort-of tradition.

Three days of what can only be described as "jamming out," all in front of the stunning Miami skyline, includes 202 artists and six stages jam packed into one weekend, with hardly any time to rest your dancing feet.

Although the festival, from tickets to bottled water, is a little overpriced, the incredible lineup makes up for it. Friday kicks off the festival with a little something for everyone, from Waka Flocka, for you rap fiends, to Datsik for you dubstep lovers and Zedd for a more mainstream crowd, but hey, there's nothing wrong with that. Friday's schedule, though, may seem like a little bit of a warm up because it only goes from 4 p.m. to midnight.

For Saturday, break out the platform boots, because those might just be the only thing keeping you on your feet from noon to midnight. The second day is packed with artists that will make you wish the 12 hours could stretch on longer. Riff Raff's braids will be bouncing around on the live stage along with Infected Mushroom later on. Martin Garrix, this year's best breakout artist, could get even your grandma jumping to his beats, and maybe she'd hold your spot there to see Above and Beyond kick it on stage. My bets for performance of the day, though, will definitely be on trance king Armin van Buuren, my personal No. 1 must see.

If you're a fan, Sunday will likely mark the turning point of the rest of your year. Start off with some great rap from Pusha T and some heavy beats from Sander van Doorn, but do not miss Jack U. For the first time, superstars Skrillex and Diplo are performing together under this odd alias, so you'll be part of history at that show. You can say goodbye to the festival and dance the night away with the view of Miami and the sounds of Hardwell, Gareth Emery or Fedde Le Grand.

Such festivals breed amazing communities, and you'll likely make some new friends through the draw of PLUR bracelets (peace, love, unity, respect). Let yourself loose with the thousands of people who come for the love of music, to get into it and enjoy every single minute. It could be the weekend of your life.

     
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