Leading electronic dance music festival, Ultra Miami announces relocating to Virginia Key. The news came after the discussions of the Miami City Council took place yesterday afternoon.
Problems for Ultra Music Festival in Miami started when The City of Miami Commission voted to deny a new five-year agreement for the festival to remain at Bayfront Park. Since then Ultra and the city of Miami have started to cooperate to try to find a new location for the festival, still in Miami. Finally, after months, Ultra Music Festival has announced that the 2019 edition will take place in Virginia Key.
Ultra Music Festival Miami confirms to move from Bayfront Park to Virginia Key.
Virginia Key is at around 15 minutes by car from the Bayfront Park and it is way far from the residential buildings. It may seem the best place to host a music festival but Ultra has now some challenges to think about. For sure, the most important is the one about the transport; Virginia Key is accessible in one way only thanks to a two-lane bridge that links it to the mainland. With hundreds of thousands of people moving on the island, we’re pretty sure the traffic will be a nightmare. It seems that Ultra is going to plan a shuttle service but there’s no officiality yet.
Nevertheless, Virginia Key is the biggest venue that Ultra is now able to use since years. Its stunning beauty will be a surplus to the one that will attend the festival. The new agreement will let the festival to run until 2 am in the morning. Ultra Music Festival production director Ray Steinman shared that, at most, four stages will be located at the Marine Stadium site (the total number of the stages is still unknown).
Ultra Music Festival Miami is set for the 29-30-31 of March in the new location of Virginia Key, Miami. Below you can find the full Ultra statement about the new location.
Ultra Music Festival has announced its indefinite new home ahead of the monumental 21st edition, the Historic Virginia Key Beach Park and Miami Marine Stadium Flex Park. The world-renowned and internationally acclaimed event provided the message below, in a long-awaited statement to its fans:
‘We are excited to announce that the City of Miami has agreed to a deal to relocate Ultra Music Festival to the beautiful and historic Virginia Key. The new venue will allow the festival to evolve into its new, larger home, ultimately creating a more enjoyable experience for all festival attendees. We look forward to a long-term and mutually beneficial relationship with our partners at the City of Miami and Historic Virginia Key Beach Park as we commemorate keeping Ultra in the City of Miami.’
The new venue will permit an extended operating time until 2:00 A.M. and will provide the festival with an increased capacity. Attendees will also have vastly expanded space as compared to the former venue, Bayfront Park. Fans will also experience in-tandem staging at both the Historic Virginia Key Beach Park and Miami Marine Stadium Flex Park, creating a wholly unique single event space.
Due to the cultural and historic significance of Historic Virginia Key Beach Park and given the unique environmental considerations associated with the park, Ultra Music Festival intends to take extraordinarily great care in its production and remediation approaches. Ultra understands that staging an event at Virginia Key means becoming the entrusted stewards of the environmental and historic elements of Historic Virginia Key Beach Park.
Additionally the partnership will clear a path to accessing approximately $20 million that has been earmarked to build Miami-Dade County’s first African American Museum.
Ultra Music Festival looks forward to hosting fans from over 100 countries to close out Miami Music Week March 29-31, 2019.