Everyone who was glued to their computer screens eating up every second of Miami’s larger-than-life Ultra Music Festival this past weekend may have missed some serious rumors circulating about the massive event’s fate next year. Although the eye-catching spectacle has consistently grown each year, pulling the biggest names in dance music to the limelight, this year, it may seem that the festival might have pushed the boundaries a little too far.
Although Miami Music Week and it’s grand weekend finale, Ultra, both bring an astronomical boost to Miami each year, the publicity, hype, and money does not seem to measure up in the minds of city officials and law enforcement. After a tragic incident that left an event security guard battling critically serious injuries after fans pushed over a fence and rushed the event, the city of Miami seems to be gearing up to put it’s foot down, while the festival itself seems to still be high on the climax of the 3-day celebration.
While Ultra took to twitter to announce next year’s festival dates to begin generating hype for 2015, Miami city officials have issued their own statements that certainly highlight the fact that event organizers and city officials are far from being on the same page. According to Ultra:
The next Ultra Music Festival in Miami will take place March 27, 28, and 29th 2015.
— Ultra Music Festival (@ultra) March 31, 2014
However, Miami’s mayor Thomas Regalado would appear to disagree with the above sentiment. According to a statement given by Regalado in regards to the security breach and next year’s event, “this is not an accident. This is something that could have been avoided. So in the next weeks we are going to have a discussion on the city commission level to deny the permits for next year for the event here in the city of Miami.”
Furthermore it would seem that Miami Commissioner Marc Sarnoff has the mayor’s back, and momentum behind barring Ultra from its Bayfront Park home is building. Ultimately though, theres no denying the cultural impact Ultra has on Miami and the global dance music scene. With the festival’s fate up in the air, who knows what will come of this. In the end though, fans should take this as a warning to be safe and smart this festival season, because really we are all just here for a good time.