Thousands of people have descended upon Miami for Miami Music Week and the Winter Music Conference. People from all around the world and from all aspects of life eagerly await this event every year. This year the festival was forced to change locations due to the Miami City Commission of Planning and Zoning unanimously voted to remove Ultra Music Festival from Bayfront Park in downtown Miami.
Shortly after, Ultra released a proposal declaring Virginia Key would be the new home for the flagship festival. Leaving fate once again in the hands of the cities board of commission, they have just voted and agreed on a 2-year contract to hold the 3-day event in Key Biscayne. I just want to make note that this is on an island and not in the city.
The first issue that came up for Ultra was their decision to have KFC’s Colonel Sanders deliver a 15 minute set during a changeover time. This sparked outrage from acts like Louis The Child, Marshmello, and plenty more commenting about how it would be better to have an artist there than a paid placement by a corporation.
Given the platform you have as a major electronic festival, it would be nice if you used it to showcase what electronic music is about and not make it seem like a joke with corporate promotional nonsense @ultra
— louis (@LouisTheChild) March 30, 2019
This @kfc colonel sanders Djing at @ultra is lame. I can think of a lot of other artists that actually deserve to be on that stage instead.
— marshmello (@marshmellomusic) March 29, 2019
Unfortunately this wasn’t the end of Ultra’s issues. After the show was over thousands of people were waiting for shuttles, ubers, and lyfts to get them off of the island because the cabs were shut down for the night. While they were waiting a fire started because of some fireworks that went off.
It doesn’t stop there as an accident on the shuttle road stopped the shuttles from reaching the festival. The mad rush of cars from people leaving Ultra resulted in 2-3 hour wait times for people to get back into the city. Eventually the people waiting at the festival were told to walk 3 miles across the bridge to help get traffic moving again. Thousands of people had to hoof it after being in the sun dancing all day and night.
People are already saying they won’t be attending day 2 of the festival due to the logistical nightmare that happened last night. Unfortunately with the last minute move and the festival being on the island, it seems as if Ultra just wasn’t prepared for the amount of traffic that would be circling through. There has been no official word from Ultra yet on if there will be any changes made for tonight, but we will let you know when they do.