Update: Ultra Music Festival Cancelled Due To Coronovirus Fears

Update: Ultra Music Festival has been cancelled, according to NBC6.

 

Ultra Music Festival is scheduled to take place in Miami this month, but some are saying it should be cancelled due to coronavirus fears.

At least seven petition drives had been launched on Change.org to demand the music festival be cancelled. Most have very few signatures however, with the most successful having under 1,000 signatures as of this morning.

One petition noted that “TSA agents, taxi drivers, hotel workers and many other service members of our community” will be in contact with visitors in town for Ultra.

Yesterday, Mayor Francis Suarez issued a statement saying that Ultra would go on as scheduled, but that the situation would be monitored. Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez also said Ultra would go on in a Twitter post.

Today though, Suarez and Joe Carollo were meeting with Ultra organizers about possibly postponing the event, according to the Herald.

One Reddit user claimed ticket prices have been falling. On Stubhub this morning, the least expensive 3-day tickets were $360, which is below the $399 price that Ultra now sells them for.

 

(photo: phillip pessar)

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Anonymous

As someone that works at the airport and is in daily contact with international passengers I say bring Ultra on! Miami needs it…

Anonymous

This is so correct. To single out one event is ridiculous

Anonymous

Stop being selfish. Would you rather protect other people or just give in to go the party and infect yourself and others? Cancel Ultra.

Anonymous

Selfish?? I’m exposed to all kinds of shit everyday to protect idiots like you!

Anonymous

Get another job.

Anonymous

If it’s only boomers and rich condo owners who cares? I want my music

Anonymous

Rich condo owners? How about renters who don’t want to hear the garbage from Ultra and see the people coming/going to it and NOT spending money in the community (oh except for a bottle of water at CVS by the arena)

Anonymous

You’re a renter, so move if you don’t like it. Move to the quiet suburbs.

Anonymous

Agree selfish. Yet another unflattering image of people who want to attend Ultra.

Anonymous

Read what WHO states about Mass Gatherings (MG) then maybe you’d understand why this event is being singled out.

Anonymous

What does your job have to do with Ultra’s status? I hope you aren’t infected with your work contacts and then intending to attend Ultra. Brilliant!!!!!

Anonymous

Why single out Ultra travelers? We live in a huge metropolitan and there is no way to prevent people from coming and going unless they quarantine the entire city. Let the festival happen! People need to calm down and wash their hands.

Anonymous

I bet many ticket holders are hoping they cancel for a REFUND!

Anonymous

Disagree

Anonymous

No. They have spent hundreds on hotels abd flights that are NOT cancelled

Anonymous

Risk everyone makes when planning trips. Life happens.

Anonymous

Ultra won’t give a penny back I bet. Legal loopholes. Ultra itself is the one making all the money and they still owe Miami for last year. Research that.

Anonymous

It’s not about singling them out, it’s called being responsible have you been to Ultra? I have many times. unfortunately, it’s not about the music anymore, it hasn’t been for years! Ultra is for people to rage in Miami and get hammered, hookup and dance. I personally seen people overdosing in front crowds of people in Ultra on separate occasions and people just pass them bye like animals on the street. If you think it’s cool for tens of thousands of people to pop pills and do drugs In the name of filling Miami’s hotels with Lost & broken people ( yes people who do drugs are lost & broken people) then your on the wrong forum my friend! This is called the next Miami, not the old Miami. I say this respectfully if you care for this city,(if you even live here) find ways to add value to Miami find ways to create jobs, create something healthy that adds value Ultra adds no value to people’s life. Money doesn’t add value to your life character does!

Anonymous

This is a gross misrepresentation of the people that attend Ultra. It’s a controlled environment, no different than people tailgating before a UM homegame, or attending Calle Ocho in a few week. You can dislike Ultra and certainly make a case for why it should not be continued, but this discussion is about the merits of canceling it out of concern for the health and safety of travelers due to the virus.

Anonymous

It is not controlled. The CDC should step in and order it cancelled.

Anonymous

Yep!! We will contact them.

Anonymous

Ok Boomer. First of all you are not fooling anyone by pretending you are you are young and claiming that you have been to Ultra. You sound like you are 30 dude! Freaking old timer. Leave this party to the rest of us, this coronavinus is no different than the flu. The party will go on and everyone will be fine!

Anonymous

Actually I’m 38 grew up here. Was born in the early 80s so I guess I’m generation XSo If you feel like I’m old, I’m not sure what to tell you. I will tell you I attend the first Ultra on the beach when I was 16 in 1999. I actually help organize and promote Ultra for many years and they were crazy good times! I’m well aware of not ALL but most of the people that Ultra attracts! So live it up bro as you listen to you listen to Tiesto push play! I use to see him spin on Vinyl as a teenager. Wow, I guess I am old ????

Anonymous

Y’all lame really over using that muh boomer mess, must have issues with your parents too and projecting them.

Anonymous

Ok boomer.

Kevorkian JR

You sound like that preacher condo owner who thanks to stupid tax exemptions steals a bay view and downtown life that would be better utilized by someone young and fun calling it a “parsonage”

Anonymous

I’m sorry… WHAT TAX EXEMPTIONS?????? Sign me up. Condo owners in downtown Miami pay very high real estate taxes. Educate yourself before writing anything derogatory. You should be thanking those owners for contributing to the city’s infrastructure.

Anonymous

Is there something keeping your young fun self from enjoying the downtown life?

Anonymous

What.? I think you need a refresher class in English.

Anonymous

So thankful this is cancelled

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

You sound like a total buzzkill. Move to Tampa.

Anonymous

Because many people are flying into Miami from around the world, many are from countries stricken by the viirus. Think about that. Is a party in the park worth it? They will leave Miami after infecting many people who will then take the infection home to their families. I hope the city gets sued for allowing this. They obviously don’t care about the citizens of Miami and Florida. Maybe I will get the Governor involved.

Anonymous

By that logic, shut down Disney, Universal, etc.

305

RECALL JOE CAROLLO! Take back our city!

Kevorkian JR

Hoping Corollo gets it

Anonymous

Remove him from Bayfront Park Commission too, please.

Anonymous

Ultra!!!! Back to Bayfront!!!!

Gene, where u at?

Anonymous

Gene is busy getting people to sign the petition.

Anonymous

If cancelled, the beach will be overrun by same bad element as last spring break. By moving Ultra one weekend earlier and this weekend’s gay Winter Party a week later, there is only one weekend the beach has to worry about this year. (hence the 3 am closing time for just 6 days)
Fact: beach significantly better the weekend of Ultra versus tbe other March weekends in 2019. (always has been true)

Anonymous

Public health emergency means lots more people have a say.

Anonymous

There is no emergency. .just an overreaction….at this point. To cancel event is illogical

Anonymous

Governor declared public health emergency.

Anonymous

Been to an emergency room lately?

Miami Realist

This is not fair to postpone ULTRA FEST it’s a major event that generates income for the hospitality industry and everything else that caters in. Then they should postpone Calle 8cho Festival that’s a very enclosed and crowded event.

Anonymous

Hope the do cancel them all.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Ugh. What a ridiculous over reaction.

Anonymous

Don’t cancel it, please i’m planning to sell lots of croquetas at Ultra

Anonymous

I can’t believe there’s more and more people that fear the Coronavirus. More people die from the Flu than from Coronavirus.

Anonymous

the STD’s you can get are more fatal than a little cough and cold

Anonymous

then go for it. Survival of the fittest.

Miami Archi

Cancelling the event is pointless. All those international people will not be canceling their airplane tickets or their hotel rooms.
Cancelling the event will do nothing to “contain” the virus. If anything it will lead to 55,000 people in the city of Miami looking for something to do / replace Ultra with, which will probably not end well.
Also Music Winter Festival takes place that entire week and attracts just as many international people. Miami during the month of February and March is basically a hot bed of tourist from all over the world regardless.

Anonymous

Wrong. Those flights will be refundable and so will the hotels.

Anonymous

Please tell me what airline you fly where cancelling a trip because of a cancelled event guarantees you a refund? I once booked a trip a year in advance, got a new job, relocated, and still wasn’t given a refund for needing to cancel the original flight. This was after providing documentation proving I was relocating and didn’t need flights to that city anymore. If relocation doesn’t warrant a refund, how will a cancelled event?

Anonymous

So they will also be cancelling Calle Ocho festival as well, correct? Last time I checked, that’s multiple times more people in a crowded area, and much more likely to be closer to at-risk populations (older people, etc). And it’s before Ultra. I’m sure Carollo is also demanding to cancel this too. Oh wait, he’s not.

Anonymous

The good news is if it is postponed/canceled, people will see how much money the city makes off of it and opposition to Ultra will hopefully go down.

Anonymous

Opposition will NEVER go away until Ultra goes away

Anonymous

Or, it will be revealed that the city doesn’t reap all that profit from Ultra. The numbers put out by Ultra are misleading and out of context.

Anonymous

The Bayfront Park Management Trust relies on a couple million for the event permit. Economic impact goes beyond direct municipal revenues. There’s hotels, ground transportation, shopping, restaurants, bars, etc. An official economic impact study of Ultra from 2012 found $75M in economic impact to the entire County. That $75M does not include municipal revenues from permits nor does it include hotel, gas, and sales tax revenues generated. Also, you can expect that number to be much higher today given inflation from 2012 to 2020 and the increase in activity because of Miami Music Week, which happens simultaneously with Ultra. To say “numbers put out by Ultra” shows how naive and uninformed you are.

Anonymous

Miami will cancel NOTHING that brings in money and noise like Ultra.

Anonymous

Oops. They. Did.

Anonymous

Tough choice

Anonymous

Today though, Suarez and Joe Carollo were meeting with Ultra organizers about possibly postponing the event (aka Asking for more $$$$$$$$)

305

Recall Joe Carollo!

Anonymous

REMOVE him from both Miami and Bayfront Commissions

Anonymous

What does Ultra have on Miami that make Miami unable to do anything to improve this fiasco of an event?

Anonymous

Gotta have to do with money. Check political pockets. Recall how the revote occurred that allowed it to come back in 2020.

Anonymous

EAT???? THE???? BAT???? SOUP???? YOU???? BIGOT????!

Anonymous

Huh. Guess Gene was right. Ultra has been postponed.
Huh.

livorno

are you people out of your fkn minds? miami and florida overall are fkd because of this corona garbage, give it another month and you will be paid to get on a cruiseship or go to disney. if this continues, 2008 crisis will look like just a preview of current coming attractions. Cancel ultra !

Rhymin Paul Simon

Goodbye Rosie, queen of Corona(virus)

Anonymous

Is sweet heat canceled also

Anonymous

The event should go on, there just need to be extra screening at the airport and random screenings at the event.

Anonymous

No. Cancel Ultra and every other major gathering of people until this coronavirus is under control.

Anonymous

Overreacting to a bad flu…

Anonymous

The children of Miami so want to be in control. They have no concern about other peoples health and well being. Shortsighted and selfish. That is the majority of the people organizing this event.

Dr Kevorkian

We wish you geezers would finally kick the bucket..destroy the gerontocracy

Anonymous

Why exactly do you want Ultra in downtown? You obviously do not live in downtown. You seem to despise all about it except for Ultra. So why wouldn’t you enjoy your festival in a different location? You wouldn’t need to deal with the very people you can’t tolerate? Perhaps you need an outlet for all your anger? You certainly aren’t addressing the situation in a mature and engaging way. The condo buildings aren’t moving and their occupants’ opinions aren’t changing despite your anger.

Anonymous

People don’t like downtown because all the boomers moving there with their entitled attitudes are ruining the fun it used to be.

Anonymous

Why stop with Ultra? Shut down MIA and Port Miami entirely.
#sarcasm

Anonymous

Because it is a Mass Gathering.

Anonymous

And cruises aren’t?

Anonymous

Maybe our Commissioners will take this opportunity to find a new solution for Ultra’s venue. Like say NOT Bayfront. Time to take charge, Commissioners, and support both downtown’s residents and Ultra’s desire for partying and noise. Separate the two like two fighting kids. You can’t move the neighborhood (you should value it and support the parks and encourage what the area has evolved into) but you CAN move the party. Open your minds and your eyes there are better locations for Ultra that will benefit all.

Anonymous

Thanks god. Not good day for drug dealers.

Anonymous

Considering nearly every conference this month is being canceled it will be extremely irresponsible for this to go on as planned. I suspect many in Miami Gov’t expect this to be canceled as we get closer.
Yes, it’ll be painful for many. But that’s the nature of the beast.

Anonymous

This is not true. The use of the word “every” is misguided.

Anonymous

Amal is that you?

Anonymous

Lmao ^^^

Anonymous

Evening News Ch.10 reported that Ultra has been cancelled.
Awesome. Finally someone came to their senses.

Anonymous

Agree. Why risk infecting people?
Wait until things get under control. Infections are spreading everywhere.

Anonymous

COVID19 infects Ultra!!!

Anonymous

Love Amal !

Anonymous

WTF I love Joe Carolla now.

Dr Kevorkian

Look for Gene (or anyone who looks like a boomer condo owner) and cough in their faces..They have plenty of money to spend on lab tests

Anonymous

Wow. Such anger. I feel for you.

Anonymous

Agree. Drop the anger and accept that Ultra can just find a great new spot to accommodate the noise, the crowds. That way attendees can do their thing and our valued downtown green spaces and residential life can be maintained and used. Win win.

Anonymous

Yes! Pictures of Ultra crowds show people watching performers not our water views. They could be anywhere getting their hearing destroyed. I agree with above, they don’t need Bayfront… give them the Hard Rock Stadium parking lot or Homestead.

Anonymous

Really? You haven’t realized why Ultra stays in Bayfront? Money. Money. Money. Ultra themselves couldn’t care less about the health of its concert goers. They’re the ones making all the money, sweetheart. Stop focusing on condo owners… without them, the city would be as it was. Oh, I’m sorry, you probably aren’t aware of what was once here along Biscayne Boulevard. Try doing some reading about the history of downtown Miami. If you can’t read, find pictures or watch a few movies. Also, Ultra has simply outgrown Bayfront and should find a better location. Don’t tell me any of the 170,000 attending Ultra take in the view of the bay so just plant it in a far away remote parking lot and blast away. You’ll get the same effect and experience without the bitterness going both ways. Drop the anger and move on.

Anonymous

What a bitter little person you are. You are not constructive at all.

Anonymous

Those are facts. Ultra has outgrown Downtown. Move it.

Kevorkian JR

It seems almost like a low key way by Corollo to do the bidding of the downtown condo crowd and get rid of Ultra. I hope that the organizers secure it in writing that Ultra will return to Downtown after this hoax over basically a bad flu quiets down. Supposedly all it’s killing is the older crowd, so why should those of us who love the music have to sacrifice ourselves for the old people?

Anonymous

Karma bites… you’ll be old (MAYBE) one day.

Kevorkian Jr

George Burns and Hugh Hefner were old but you didn’t see them complain about noise and fun stuff. They’re the SENIOR CITIZENS who would be my role models not OLD FARTS like y’all who hate fun (read the difference pops

Anonymous

We won’t be old one day because the old people ruined the environment and the planet will be too hot to live on by 2050. Thanks, boomers.

Anonymous

Just another selfish person. Grow up man.

Anonymous

The selfish ones are the old farts that keep taking away everything fun..Ultra, Wynwood, the full Moon drum circle on the beach, the stupid tail gate restriction at games, just go away boomers

Anonymous

Victims may be predominantly old, but the spreaders are of all ages.