If you are an EDM Enthusiast you have probably heard about Ultra Music Festival in Miami this summer.
The music festival has grown exponentially since it’s startup in 1999; a one day event where it lost roughly $15,000 and had about 10 thousand concertgoers.
In 2015 the festival had roughly 380,000 attendees across three days in Miami alone making roughly $18.200,000 before capital and taxes.
The festival has also expanded beyond Miami to a global level with locations in Spain, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, South Korea, South Africa, Croatia, Thailand, And Japan.
This is one of the largest EDM festivals in the world, hosting a popular lineup covering several genres of EDM.
This year’s lineup includes Deadmau5, Knife Party, DJ Snake, AfroJack, and Dash Berlin; just to show the variety of the headliners.
The lineup is featured on the site’s website featuring multiple headliners and supporting artists spread across the four day festival.
To buy tickets to last year’s show you would have had to pay nearly $500 at maximum, but this year they are introducing lower costing tickets depending on how soon you grab them. Tier three tickets are priced at $324.95 before service charges but are subject to change. They offer payment plans for the tickets in case you don’t have the $325 to spend on hand.
If you are wondering why the price is so expensive, this is an immensely large show with EDM superstars and the city of Miami requires taxes and fees for Police and Fire service (Paying out $500,000 in 2013).
One can only predict what the festival is being asked to shell out this year, as it has grown so large.
The city of Miami receives a huge economic boost every year from the event, as local business skyrockets from all the travelers.
However in the past with events like a crowd breaking through a fence and trampling a security guard.The city of Miami has to ask the festival how it will keep everyone safe this year.
The festival security team will be going undercover to keep an eye on the crowd, and find drug users.
In Pomona California The “HARD Day of the Dead” at the Pomona Fairplex had to cancel after 310 arrests, plenty of vandalism, and two suspected drug overdoses at a previous “HARD” event a few months prior.
It’s impressive that the Ultra festival has stuck around even after their co-founder leaving in 2010 and filing a civil suit against the company, later turning up dead in 2015 with no cause of death released.
These larger music festivals face many challenges as they grow, but ultra seems to be sticking it out, as they convince Miami officials to keep the festival where it is.
If you like the idea of a large EDM festival, be sure to check out what Ultra has to offer, you might find it fits your interests.