Words by: Rod Page | Images by: Kenny Dolan
Ultra Music Festival :: 03.26.10 & 03.27.10 :: Bicentennial Park :: Miami, Fl
As the official closing event of the Winter Music Conference, Miami's Ultra Music Festival served up an elite and eclectic smattering of electronic and live acts. From humble beginnings in Miami Beach, Ultra has evolved into an international, award winning festival, smashing attendance records this year and selling out both nights with well over 100,000 in attendance. In this latest incarnation, festival planners treated concert goers to eleven sensory stimulating stages erected across beautiful Bicentennial Park in downtown Miami. These included the brand new "Heineken Inspired Dome," an imposing Epcot-esque party tent replete with mounted jungle gyms where the hot, sweating, glow stick swinging youth of the world got their swerve on. Featuring an overwhelming display of electronic sub-genres (drum & bass, house, electro, trance, etc.) Ultra spared no expense in bringing in elite talent with headlining sets from titans like Tiesto, Carl Cox, Paul Oakenfold and Deadmau5.
Once a pure EDM (electronic dance music) festival, UMF has in recent years incorporated a wider variety of live acts and for 2010, yet another significant color was added to the festival pallet as jam-tronica outfits Lotus and The Disco Biscuits made their Ultra debut. Dance-heavy jams from artists like these had even the most battle-hardened electronic aficionados giddy for more. Ultra's incredible assortment of electronic influenced artists, together with innovative, interactive staging and the incomparable backdrop of Miami made for something like techno paradise.
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