UPDATE: Ultra Music Festival has since responded to Rapture Electronic Music Festival‘s lawsuit:
*There is not any advantage to yesterday’s lawsuit. To declare that Ultra has violated the regulation is each disappointing and misplaced. Ultra lawfully secured its license to host its annual manufacturing on Virginia Key, together with by acquiring vital approvals from the City of Miami Commission.*
*We are excited to current our followers with what would be the biggest and most transformative music competition that we’ve got ever produced by the use of music, artists, expertise, innovative and technologically superior manufacturing parts and novel artwork installations.*
*We look ahead to internet hosting our 21st version of the Ultra Music Festival at our new residence at Miami Marine Stadium and Historic Virginia Key Beach Park on March 29, 30, and 31, 2019.*
It appears Ultra Music Festival is just about a “go” this yr, with a brand new location set for Virginia Key. However, there’s only one main downside. Another music competition is ready to happen on the similar waterfront venue over the identical weekend.
Rapture Electronic Music Festival was held in the identical location in 2017 and 2018 — and now the competition is suing Ultra Music Festival for making an attempt to maneuver in. Rapture and Ultra are each promoting tickets for his or her respective occasions, however there’s clearly solely room for one.
According to the lawsuit, Rapture is suing over the best to stage a weekend’s with of reside music on Virginia Key. The swimsuit asks the court docket to halt Ultra’s plans for a music competition so Rapture can perform its personal occasion. Apparently there have been talks with the town and Virginia Key Beach Park Trust to host Rapture in 2019 and 2020.
“This was an opportunity for Ultra and [Event Entertainment Group] to shut down its competing Miami based festival held by Rapture,” the lawsuit reads.
It additionally asserts that Ultra, the City of Miami and the Virginia Key Beach Park Trust collectively are violating anti-trust legal guidelines by establishing the music competition. Rapture believes Ultra has a monopoly on the spring competition market in Miami.
Rapture first despatched Ultra and the town a cease-and-desist letter in early January. That request has gone ignored as Ultra applies for permits and maps out the logistics of the 2019 occasion.
Ultra Miami plans to happen March 29th – 31st on the Historic Virginia Key Beach Park & Miami Marine Stadium. Rapture Electronic Music Festival is taking a look at Friday and Saturday of the identical weekend, the 29th and 30th.
The battle is on.
Rapture vs. Ultra
Source: Miami Herald