What happened at Ultra Music Festival 2024?

Ultra Music Festival 2024 welcomed 165,000 attendees over 3 days in Miami. Highlights included Calvin Harris' return, Armin van Buuren, Peggy Gou and more

Ultra Music Festival 2024 mainstage Miami
Ultra Music Festival 2024 mainstage Miami

The city’s iconic Ultra Music Festival just wrapped up its 24th edition after three massive days of electronic dance music performances at Bayfront Park in Downtown Miami. Despite facing some dicey weather early on, the sold-out festival went off without a hitch, welcoming 165,000 attendees from over 100 countries around the world.

The stacked lineup did not disappoint, delivering memorable moments across multiple stages. Calvin Harris made his first Ultra appearance since 2013, while Armin van Buuren shockingly brought out rock legend Jon Bon Jovi during his main stage set on Sunday. Veteran DJ Hardwell rescheduled his original Friday slot to put on a jaw-dropping show on Saturday evening.

Making her Ultra debut, Korean DJ Peggy Gou performed a highly anticipated set at the RESISTANCE Megastructure. Dubstep star Excision made festival history as the first artist to play that classic bass sound on Ultra’s main stage, bringing out Illenium as a surprise guest.

Ultra Music Festival drone show 2024
Ultra Music Festival drone show 2024

Several special back-to-back performances and collaborations were unveiled, including RL Grime and Knock2 joining ISOxo to premiere new music, Madeon b2b San Holo for the first time, and the debut of Kill the Noise and Bro Safari‘s new “Kill Safari” project.

Not to be outdone, the RESISTANCE underground concept took over Downtown Miami club M2 all weekend long with extended sets from techno heavyweights like Eric Prydz, Amelie Lens, Reinier Zonneveld’s Filth on Acid takeover and more.

As has become tradition, Ultra broadcasts much of the festival globally via its #ULTRALIVE stream, reaching over 34 million viewers. The stream featured performances from across the grounds as well as exclusive interviews and other curated content.

While the music took center stage, Ultra also highlighted its environmental sustainability initiatives through the Mission: Home program. This award-winning eco-friendly effort included over 50 practices focused on areas like pollution prevention, nature preservation and waste reduction.

As the 24th edition comes to a close, fans can already look ahead as Ultra announced dates for its 25th anniversary in 2025 from March 28-30, with tickets currently on sale. If this year was any indication, next year’s silver celebration will surely be one for the books.