Ultra Music Festival Miami 2020 has been canceled; what happens now?
The decision was made to postpone it - Commissioner Manolo Reyes told
This year’s edition of Ultra Music Festival Miami will be postponed due to Coronavirus – a local newspapers report.
According to the Miami Herald, the decision was made during a meeting on Wednesday morning between Miami’s elected leaders and Ultra representatives. The news was already in the air as Mayor Francis Suarez and Commissioner Joe Carollo already manifest their intention to postpone the event due to the new CoVid-19 Coronavirus that is now spreading in the USA too.
The decision was made to postpone it – Commissioner Manolo Reyes told
Miami Herald also reported the announcement has yet to be made public because attorneys are still working on the legal issues tied to the decision. In fact, it is not known yet if the festival will be postponed to this year or directly for the 2021 edition.
Suarez had said if Ultra did not agree to postpone the event, the city has the power to cancel the event under the existing contract.
The lack of clarity after the private meeting has triggered a fuss on social media with ticket holders asking more transparency by the festival.
An Ultra representative didn’t comment on the possibility to postpone the festival stating that organizers would provide an official statement after the meeting. At the time we’re writing, Ultra is still on radio silence.
After two days from the initial news by the Miami Herald, Ultra officially confirmed with a press release the cancelation of the 2020 edition of the festival.
It is with a heavy heart that we inform you that The City of Miami has issued an official directive requiring that the 22nd edition of Ultra Music Festival, originally scheduled for March 20, 21 and 22, 2020 will be postponed to March 26, 27 and 28, 2021. Due to the Florida Governor’s declaration of a public health emergency and Centers of Disease Control and Prevention’s Interim Guidance for COVID-19, it is impossible for the City to provide access to Bayfront Park at this time.
We completely understand how extremely frustrating this is because so many of you are looking forward to coming to Ultra, having already made travel arrangements.
This is, however, an unprecedented issue which is not being taken lightly, and we must continue to defer to the authorities for guidance. Ultimately, there is no higher priority for us than the health, safety and physical well-being of each of you, together with everyone else involved in the production of the event.
We sincerely thank you for your continued loyalty and patience during this difficult time.
All ticket purchasers will be contacted by email on Monday regarding next steps.
– Team Ultra
From a prevention point of view, the cancelation of Ultra Miami 2020 makes sense; with hundreds of thousands of people traveling from all around the world, the chance that at least one, is infected with no symptoms is extremely high. Such event are the perfect contagion method as people are super close to each other.
As the leading event during the Miami Music Week, the cancelation of Ultra will have a big impact on the local parties and on the Winer Music Conference itself.