Ultra Music Festival is one of the biggest music events in the world, bringing in hundreds and thousands of attendees from all over the world into one location. With its 20th anniversary coming up, it looks like Ultra is facing a tough battle.
The Miami-based music festival has established a global presence in South Florida for the past 15 years, but with its contract coming to an end with Bayfront Park Management Trust, it might be time for it to find a new home.
Residents who live near Bayfront Park are petitioning the city to deny the renewal of Ultra’s contract via the Downtown Neighbors Alliance (DNA). This same group has demanded the city crack down on the noise at clubs in the 24-hour entertainment district. On Tuesday, the petition, which is nearing 1,100 signatures at the time of this post, was delivered to Commissioner Frank Carollo at the monthly meeting of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board.
Miami’s downtown residential community and the entertainment scene have been having conflicting interests since the city’s recent condo and apartment tower boom. Not only are they petitioning against Ultra, but all music-related events in Bayfront Park, including Rolling Loud.
While there’s no way to dispute the downtown residents’ complaints, the Miami New Times points out that the area is a “busy, crazy, loud space that serves as a civic hub for 2.7 million people.” While living in a walkable area with a gorgeous view of the bay, it comes with some “noise, traffic and general annoyance,” which is expected when you live in a highly populated area.
Many EDM enthusiasts have fired back on the Miami Downtown Neighbors Alliance Facebook page, pointing out that not only does Ultra bring a positive economic impact on South Florida with $79 million in revenue annually, but it is definitely here to stay.