Ultra Music Festival Announces Return In 2020; Dade Mayor Opposed To Virginia Key Location

Ultra Music Festival will return to Miami next year for another three day festival beginning March 27, 2020, organizers announced.

Where exactly in Miami it will take place isn’t yet certain.

Ultra wants to return to Virginia Key, where the event took place this year, according to the Herald.

Miami-Dade mayor Carlos Gimenez told the paper that he thinks it needs to be moved elsewhere, saying that 50,000 people on the island isn’t a good idea with only one bridge.

The decision isn’t for Gimenez to make however, but rather will be decided by city of Miami officials, who were meeting about the matter this week.

The first night of Ultra at Virginia Key on Friday saw logistic and transportation problems, although the situation improved on Saturday and Sunday. Some downtown and Brickell residents also complained that they were able to hear noise from the festival, while Key Biscayne residents complained about traffic.

 

 

2018 Ultra at Bayfront Park:

 

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Anonymous

Ultra should’ve stayed in Downtown where it started and transportation is accessible. The people that live there moved in knowing that Ultra was a yearly event. So accept it and let the festival continue.

Anonymous

I totally agree and most residents understand this. It’s just a loud minority that think they live in Coral Gables or Doral.

Anonymous

You are correct. It’s not like Ultra is an every weekend event. Three days out of the year is nothing. The convenience of having thousands of hotel rooms and the metromover within walking distance eliminates all the issues at Virginia Key.

Anonymous

Everyone is conveniently forgetting that last year people also walked from downtown into A&E District hotels, Downtown hotels, Brickell Hotels, as well as tons of Air BNBs throughout those areas. Plus there was traffic for hours last year throughout downtown. People were “Stranded” all over downtown waiting for rides, but they happened to be in an urban setting so it was not as the same as being on the side of the road on the key.

Doubt Ultra comes back downtown.

Anonymous

It is more than one weekend. Bayfront Park is shut down for almost three months.

Anonymous

Uhh no, your wrong… it’s just one weekend. And now Bayfront park is getting shut down exactly ZERO weekends for this event.

Anonymous

It is actually about three months. Setup takes many months, and the entire park area is fenced off. Then after the event it is continued to be shut off for the stages to be dismantled. Then they lay new grass and the area stays fenced off for another month until the grass has taken root.

It’s so funny how anonymous people on here are so confident to make things up.

Anonymous

…. says someone that types this anonymous. I have a feeling you need to move out of Miami.

Anonymous

The set up takes months

Anonymous

Melreese golf course.

Anonymous

Beautiful spot for it, but that would make too much sense.

POLO

I think Museum Park is a better location than Bayfront Park with more distance between the stages and the condos on Biscayne Blvd. I’m sick and tire of all these people complaining (no Ultra, no Miami Open, no Grand Prix, no Boat Show, etc.) If they don’t like what Miami has to offer, then move to Kansas. Also, Carlos Gimenez has no vision, instead of finding solutions that work and promote Miami as a world class city! Cities around the world will die to get the Ultra, the Miami Open, to enhance their visibility on the world stage. The amount of positive publicity these events bring to Miami worth all the negatives. Make it work!

Anonymous

Amen

Anonymous

Right?? Also, I heard that the attendance was a record low this year at Hardrock. Move Ultra back to bayfront & Miami Open to VK.

Anonymous

The new grounds at Hard Rock stadium are 1000x better than the old location. Access and parking at VK is a pain in the butt.

Anonymous

Preach

Anonymous

its called Maurice A. Ferré Park.

Anonymous

Well said.

Anonymous

Ultra is a huge success.. brings in as many visitors and money to economy as a Super Bowl.

Anonymous

and ultra pays for all the extra services whereas the super bowl gets most of the permits for free and all the police services.

Anonymous

So true. Super Bowl committee even begged Miami Beach for 500k in cash plus a million in free permits, police, etc.

Anonymous

Ultra is a huge success.. brings in as many visitors and money to economy as a Super Bowl.

source?

Anonymous

Office of the City Manager – Emilio T. Gonzalez.

Anonymous

May have to do the same thing Rolling Loud did and moved to the stadium site. It’s crazy how other cities can handle an event like this no problem yet Miami the party city is so concerned about the rich bastards downtown. Utra Moved miles away from downtown and your still worried about residents saying they hear noise. What next no 4th or new years celebrations? No music at Bayside or concerts because the rich complain? Between Rolling Loud an Ultra you have millions spent at hotels and businesses in the area. Take that away and it hurt businesses for that time of the year! All because 30 damn residents complain!

Anonymous

” rich bastards downtown.” Nothing wrong with being rich and nothing wrong with City officials caring about the concerns for Net Tax Payers.

Anonymous

Yea that’s what I said and there is nothing wrong with concern but move an event thousands enjoy for a handful of people? If that’s the case we wouldn’t have anything that makes that much noise… every concert an or event has noise period. A 3 out of 365 days has to be moved for them mean while the event helps hundreds of business. Which one really out weighs the other sir?

Anonymous

And why can’t the “rich bastards” just take a holiday during the three-day event?

Anonymous

Half are old..we should have mandatory euthanasia for anyone over 65, 70 if you’re a cool oldster like say Hefner or George Burns. The federal deficit will go down quickly!

Anonymous

If you’re 45yrs old and go to the doctor and he/she tells you that you only have about a year or two left on this earth, don’t fight for another year of life. In fact, just accept some form of euthanasia and get it over with. And while you’re at it, tell your mother, father, grandmother, grandfather, along with your aunts and uncles to, that they should quit wasting time and line up to be euthanized right now.

By the way, is that old movie named “Logan’s Run” your favorite movie?

Anonymous

Honestly, I would. I wouldn’t want to be a burden to any younger relatives. A lot of civilized European countries do have that option.

Anonymous

You can talk sh_t now because you haven’t been presented with a scenario like that. That’s just like saying “I would never eat rat.” But get hit with real starvation and somebody gives you a plate of fried rat meat and then see what you’ll do.

Anonymous

It’s not you, it’s your ideas that are stuck in the 50’s or worse. Your ideas do not belong in a progressive society. Take Bernie Sanders..may our 46th President live forever..and put people like you in your place. I like Senator (Madame VP perhaps?) Elizabeth Warren’s idea of locking up corrupt business types!

Anonymous

Besides if it meant not lining the pockets of Big Pharma..(and the investment statements of some of the oldsters in the downtown condos..

Anonymous

I agree with you! like if you knew this festival comes around every year why move to the city and complain it makes no sense at all. I SAID WHAT I SAID!

Anonymous

If you don’t like those “rich bastards,” support moving it to Miami Gardens, LOL.

Anonymous

This is exactly what stadiums are for! Infrastructure is already in place, this is a no brainer.

Anonymous

The stadium will kill the Miami ultra vibe.

Anonymous

This is the first time in Virginia Key for Ultra. If anyone expected smooth sailing, they were very mistaken. We witnessed the major kinks this year for Ultra in this area and all that needs to be done is finding a solution to iron them out. No event happens in this city or county without somebody grieving about it. We see new hotels being built almost everywhere but there are those people who expect them to magically stay in business by hosting events they deem “appropriate.” I’m in my sixties now, and I welcome these young people who come from all over the country to come and spend their money to mingle and have a good time listening to music and dancing. In fact, open up the whole beach to them. Don’t corral them in spots by putting up fences while they stare at a Gestapo tactic style police force monitoring their every move. Let them enjoy the entire beach. Let them go back home and say “wow,” when they tell their friends about the good time they had in Miami. This city is becoming too strick, replusive, hateful, and exclusive. This is not the Miami I remember in my… Read more »

Anonymous

well said!

Anonymous

Amen!

Anonymous

Wow !!amazing and well said message !!!

Anonymous

Beautiful message. Thank you for this!

Anonymous

Nice post Maurice Ferre

Anonymous

It would be great if all our politicians are like Maurice Ferre,.. thoughtful and far sighted!

Anonymous

I don’t know who you are, but one day you’re gonna wish you’ll be able to live as long as me or Maurice Ferre. Because if there is definitely one thing I’ve learned so far in life, it’s this – Getting Old Is Not A Guarantee, It’s A Privilege And A Blessing.

Anonymous

Ultra was willing to pay $2 million EACH YEAR for Bayfront Park improvements. So for 3 days of noise and congestion, but only until midnight Fri and Sat and 11 pm Sun, the adjacent residents would have received $2 million in improvements to their “front yard” PER YEAR. It’s absurd that so few people could derail this massive benefit. But I’m sure when the Park starts flooding from sea level rise these same residents will be screaming for public money to help them.

Anonymous

It would have also put their front yard inaccessible for over a month.

Anonymous

Bayfront 2020!

Anonymous

Day 2 and three was fine,

Anonymous

There were three hour bus waits on Day 2 and 3 and major line skipping.

Anonymous

3 hour bus waits…. WALK! its just 3 miles to Brickell Ave. Lazy ass people

Anonymous

Um yeah, they’re all staying in hotels in Brickell.

Gee, you know everything….

Master Angler

Walk to brickell ave and get an uber? Guess you know even more!

Anonymous

Um yeah, I can just imagine thousands of people walking to Brickell and calling Uber at the same time.

Gee, you’re a genius….

Anonymous

Love the fact it’s in Virginia Key. Kick the Miami Open out and get Ultra instead. Just what those uptight residents of the Key deserve. Let’s hope it’s there for the next 50 years. Make it a month-long event!

Anonymous

Question: Was it really a problem? Or just media hype?

Anonymous

Media Hype.. Negativity sells.

Anonymous

Dirty Laundry..Don Henley..perfectly describes Big Media

Anonymous

Gimenez could be right. However, Why the opportunity to get government funding for public transportation Projects in Miami was completely wasted while Mario Diaz was Chair of the House Committee on Appropriations?

Anonymous

I bet they gonna propose Joe Robbie.

Anonymous

And I bet half the people in here are to young to know what that is.

Anonymous

i don’t think of a small group of rich residents has so much influence on politicians that enables them to move out an event that makes the city a lot of money.i think is the people who finance this politicians the ones that don’t want ultra in downtown. i suspect jorge perez is behind this or maybe moishe mana

A. Nonymous

I say Mr Green in the Conservatory with the Checkbook.

Anonymous

There are more than enough of us to put a stop to this NIMBYism. Miami is NOT a retirement home destination. They can pack their bags and move to the Villages by Orlando

Anonymous

Yeah, we see politicians in this city trying to come up with solutions to stop the “youth brain drain” and then we see people telling the youth who visit this city “you’re not welcomed here.”

Anonymous

the sound checks at 9am are the killer for me. No need to blast a bass at 9am on saturday and sunday especially since sound checks on Friday start at 3 and the music plays at 4. Why do they need an extra 4 hours on Saturday and sunday but not on Friday, especially after the sound clearly worked the day before……..

Anonymous

to make sure sound system are functioning. If you don’t like it too bad deal with it you knew that festival come around every year. Just take a holiday when the festival comes. Common sense.

Anonymous

Make them later….

Anonymous

You live in Miami… Deal with it. Don’t like it? Move to northern Flordia.

Anonymous

Take Ultra to northern Florida. The poeple who actually live in Miami don’t want the noise.

Anonymous

Thanks for speaking for everyone in Miami. By the way, when it comes to most anything, do you also speak for your spouse to?

Anonymous

I lived at 50 Biscayne for a while and Ultra never interfered with my life. I could barely hear the music. Now I live on the southern part of Brickell near the rickenbacker and the music and lighting was annoying to say the least! Bring it back to Bayfront!! Additionally the patrons had no way off the island back to the mainland due to the lack of adequate transportation. They were practically stranded and had to walk all the way back to Brickell to find suitable transportation! Come on Miami, get your act together!

Anonymous

“Ultra Music Festival Announces Return In 2020; Dade Mayor Opposed To Virginia Key Location”

This is what’s called – Fishing for votes.

Mark-Anthony Barnes

“50,000 people on an island with only one bridge off”!?! Oh my!!! Has anybody told Hawaii’s 2.4M people?

I understood what was meant but, it was just a bit hard to resist 🙂

Miami

Recap:
Ultra pushed out of downtown because “noise”
Downtown Ampitheatre was supposed to be under construction – .
FPL didnt agree – No Construction
Ultra goes to Virginia Key
City receives 20 emails about noise complaints from downtown
People Still unhappy
Carlos Gimenez wants a cut
Ultra Leaves
Boat Show Leaves
Miami Open Leaves
Old people leave
New Generation leaves to better city
City struggles to compete with other cities

Anonymous

Add water taxis

Anonymous

One traffic lane in and out of Virginia Key should be use only for Ultra buses

Anonymous

One traffic accident on the bridge caused all that chaos and snafu when they buses were supposed to show up and bring people back across the bay the first day of Ultra.

The people in authority in Miami are an embarrassment.

Anonymous

Miami will become an old shit hole kicking out all these events such as rolling loud Miami open ultra etc

Anonymous

There are more than enough of us to put a stop to this. Miami is NOT a retirement home destination. They can pack their bags and move to the Villages by Orlando

Gene

It’s not just 3 days. The setup and breakdown time are three weeks in total. Virginia Key distupts Ultra Kids for 3 days. Downtown Ultra distupts RESIDENTS for a month. Move it to Marlins Park with a solid roof or to HardRock with a solid roof. Music as loud as you want but RESIDENTS DON’T HAVE TO HEAR IT.
PS – I’m not moving to Kendall or Kansas. Miami is changing.

Anonymous

Well, I hope after moving to Kendall or Kansas, you’ve finally learned how to spell “disrupt.”

Anonymous

No, I think it’s time for you to move!

Anonymous

Hopefully you leave. Your opinion is not supported by the majority. Enjoy Wisconsin

Anonymous

Maybe Idaho would be a more prefect fit for Gene?

Anonymous

How about South Beach???‍♂️

Anonymous

And deal with the Gestapo over there?.. please.

Anonymous

Yep that Facebook Nazi group that’s constantly harassing the homeless..New Times should do an expose on the condo commandos

Gene

Ultra needs to be invited to stay in Miami. They just can’t muscle their way in – given the reaction from most bay side RESIDENTS, they should towards LA.

Anonymous

“given the reaction from most bay side RESIDENTS, they should towards LA.”

So hotels and restaurants along with other establishments in Miami, should just rely on “bay side RESIDENTS” for their survival?

Anonymous

I knew the transit for this event will be a disaster, just put it in Homestead problem solved.

Anonymous

The truth hurts so people are down voting it, the residents don’t want it in downtown, Virginia key can’t handle it so where do you people want it magically at.

Anonymous

I live in downtown and want it at Bayfront. It’s a myth most downtown residents oppose Ultra. Most are either supportive or indifferent. It’s just a very loud minority that don’t realize they chose to live in the urban core of a city instead of a quiet suburb.

Anonymous

I want it in Downtown too but if people like it more would of came out in support.

Anonymous

Most people work and can’t attend commission meetings. If you notice most people who oppose Ultra are retirees and that one random pastor who can somehow afford a downtown condo. They have nothing better to do.

Anonymous

Yeah funny how a pastor can afford a multimillion dolar condo. Get rid of the tax exemptions churches have

Anonymous

middle of the everglades might be nice.

Anonymous

Marlins Stadium. Get’s too loud, shut the roof.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Way too small for an event like Ultra.

Anonymous

ORLANDO 2020!!! advocating for this move.

Anonymous

Heh, maybe Disney would like to host it.

A. Nonymous

Yeah, Disney at least knows how to handle lines of people.