Ultra Music Festival announces new home in Virginia Key for 2019
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Organizers of Ultra Music Festival confirmed this week that the major multi-day EDM event will move from its home at Bayfront Park in downtown Miami to the barrier island of Virginia Key when it takes place next spring on March 29-31, 2019. The announcement on Thursday came just months following reports that the city of Miami commission unanimously voted “no” on Ultra’s return to Bayfront Park next year. 

Miami City Commission reportedly voted 4-1 in favor of the enormous music event to relocate to mainly taking place at the small island when it returns in 2019. The Miami Herald reported that Ultra organizers agreed to pay $2 million to the city of Miami under a licensing agreement for the festival to be held at the park outside the Miami Marine Stadium, in addition to the Historic Virginia Key Beach Park. The bigger location for 2019 will also allow the larger number of attendees to also party later into the night, with the new venue will permit allowing for an extended operating time until 2:00 a.m.

The festival traditionally takes place throughout Miami Music Week during last weekend of March. Major artists and special guests who performed at the 2018 edition of Ultra included The Chainsmokers, David GuettaSteve Aoki, Daddy Yankee, Marshmello and many more.

The new location is the fifth time that the event has moved locations since launching in South Beach, Miami back in 1999. A video branded as "Ultra Music Festival - A New Chapter” was shared by Ultra producers on Friday, and acts as a highlight reel from the event in year’s past in addition to introducing electronic music fans and festival regulars on what they can expect going forward. The video can be watched in full above.

“We are excited to announce that the City of Miami has agreed to a deal to relocate Ultra Music Festival to the beautiful and historic Virginia Key,” Ultra organizers announced in a statement shared on Friday, also seen below. “The new venue will allow the festival to evolve into its new, larger home, ultimately creating a more enjoyable experience for all festival attendees.”

Virginia Key is a small island of about 1.3 sq. miles located just south of South Beach, and connected to Florida’s mainland by means of major roadway over the William M. Powell Bridge. It will be interesting to see how the commute of tens of thousands of music fans coming from the downtown area of Miami will fair in terms of traffic flow and efficiency. Fans should presume that the event’s producers will provide transportation to and from the island by means of water ferry and busses to cut down on the flow of automobiles.