According to a letter posted on Ultra Music Festival’s Twitter and Facebook pages, Ultra Music Festival has terminated its decades-long license with the City of Miami. Started in 1999, Ultra Music Festival has been a staple festival of the EDM community.
In 2019, Ultra was forced to relocate to Virginia Key after Miami commissioners rejected a deal to keep the festival in downtown Bayfront Park. The move to Virginia Key caused a lot of backlash, including from residents of Key Biscayne voicing concerns over the environmental impact and travel logistics; Rapture Electronic Music Festival, which used to call Virginia Key home; and Ultra attendants who became frustrated with their experience at the 2019 event.
Ultra’s announcement makes note of new locales that they are exploring in Southern Florida, singling out one location that “has shined far and above others,” leading some to speculate that Ultra’s new home could be Sunshine Grove in Okeechobee, the previous home of Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival. Others have suggested that the new venue could be the Homestead-Miami Speedway, which would seem like a more appropriate location.
Details of the new location and ticket information will be released soon in an official announcement from Ultra.