2020 Dates Announced With Ultra Returning to Miami’s Bayfront Park
EDM Fans rejoice! It’s been a long and rocky road for the Fans of Ultra Music Festival’s comeback to downtown Miami.
On July 25, Miami city commissioners approved an agreement to allow the festival to return to Bayfront Park. As part of the deal, organizers offered to limit hours, lower sound levels and provide fewer stages.
The festival was originally staged in Miami Beach for two years before moving to Bayfront Park in 2001. For 17 years, the event drew thousands of music fans in festive outfits to the park, providing an economic boost to area businesses.
But noise and quality of life issues from downtown denizens including the Downtown Neighbors Alliance group drew regular complaints. Last September, event organizers started looking for a new venue after Miami commissioners voted down a contract to keep the festival at Bayfront.
In March, the event was staged at the Historic Virginia Key Beach and Miami Marine Stadium Flex for the first time. Transportation issues with event shuttles to and from the mainland plagued the event early on. There were also complaints from residents in Brickell and Key Biscayne about traffic and the loud noise.
In May, festival organizers said they were terminating their license with the city of Miami and not returning to Virginia Key. Miami officials then began reconsidering allowing the festival to return to Bayfront, for the 22nd edition of the event in greater Miami.