Already Miami’s biggest EDM event – or any type of event for that matter – Ultra Music Festival (UMF) has leveled up into a new stage of EDM festival maturity. The metaphorical maturity that was reached by UMF, was in part due to the maturity requirements now at the EDM festival.
With admittance into Ultra being barred from any person under 18, the older crowd can focus more on experiencing the music and less on experiencing drugs. There is a bunch of undeniable drug use, but there was an increase in the portion of festival goers, who were primarily focused on the music or hid their booze well.
With UMF’s increased focus on music, came an anticipated and calmer weekend for Miami-Dade emergency response teams. A more peaceful environment and an older, more economically rewarding attendance, are both details that Miami politicians will consider when determining their support, either for or against Ultra Music Festival.
The UMF team knew the opportunity that was presented before them, and they didn’t let it slip through their grasp. With each monstrous set, the EDM festival matured; until the last event goer, was gone.
With headliners like Afrojack, Avicii, Carl Cox, Cedric Gervais, David Guetta, Krewella, Nicky Romero, Steve Aoki, Tiesto, Martin Garrix – and Usher, as a surprise guest – it’s not hard to see how Ultra Music Festival is providing what many festival goers will consider the greatest entertainment event of their lifetime.
When considering the statement: “Crawl, walk, run”, UMF is probably at a light jog right about now. “What will it take UMF to reach maximum potential?” you ask. I believe the goal at this point, is for UMF to be considered the greatest electronic music festival, globally.