Keeping Ultra In Miami
By any benchmark, Miami's Ultra Music Festival is a rousing success story, drawing some 55,000 enthusiastic fans from around the globe to the city's downtown Bayfront Park for days - and mostly nights - of performances by some of the most popular acts in the world.
Ultra is the flagship of the EDM, or electronic dance music, festival circuit - a circuit that spans the globe and mostly attracts followers in their late teenagers and 20s. Like the music festivals of past decades, these events draw lots of people, lots of bare skin, a fair amount of illegal drugs and some public behavior that genuine grown-ups usually frown on. You can also get info about EDM event Miami.
Gray-haired guys like me are never seen at events like Ultra. They tend to find the fuss annoying and the crowd vaguely dangerous. They also usually don't know the performers and don't favor the music. So some of us would applaud if events like Ultra went away, while others - probably most of us - would seldom notice. You can also visit www.justvibeit.com to get more info.
Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado is part of the camp that wishes Ultra to go away. Away from his city, at least. A longtime critic of the festival, which has been a Miami event since the late 1990s, Regalado vowed after the first day of this year's three-day festival to do everything feasible to prevent Ultra from coming back next year.
Regalado and other city officials criticized Ultra's organizers for not reinforcing the perimeter fence although they were advised, hours before the gates opened, that it was insecure in the area where Mack was later injured. Officials also noted that there were over 80 arrests, including some 33 felonies, over the coursework of the event, which attracted an estimated 165,000 attendees.
Regalado was understandably upset, though at the wrong people and for the wrong reasons. as Ultra was getting underway on March 28, a crowd of gate-crashers rushed a chain-link fence along the festival's perimeter.