6,027 Angry Ravers Launch "Boycott Ultra Music Festival" Facebook Campaign

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Via facebook.com/BoycottUltra

Is Ultra Music Festival, like, the Guantanamo Bay of music festivals? It must be, because buying early-bird tickets is torture, bro.

Alright, that was just for the LOLs. But if you looked at the sensational new Facebook page Boycott Ultra Music Festival, you'd think UMF was just the meanest .

It seems the raving masses aren't on their love drugs and they're hella pissed about what they see as evil tricks and scammery. Now, they're fighting back the only way they know how, with ironic "Likes" and all the bitching a fuzzy-booted youngster can muster.

UPDATE An Ultra insider tells Crossfade that there was no foul play with early-bird tix, just "15,000 tickets ... 400,000 people attempting to purchase."

UPDATE #2 We here at Crossfade have got an idea for Ultra organizers: It's time for ticket layaway.

UPDATE #3 Ultra 2014 has finally commented on its "necessary price increase" and established a "Fan Experience Committee."

See also:
-Ultra 2014 Early-Bird Tickets Sell Out! Angry Ravers Say: "Worst Ticketing Experience Ever"

"We just heard that the owners of Ultra were spotted on a trip in Antarctica," the page announces. "Apparently it's so cold down there that they actually have their hands in their OWN pockets for a change. #boycottultra - Join the Boycott Ultra Music Festivalcause."

Damn, that was a wicked burn, yo. But let's look at the facts.

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Via facebook.com/BoycottUltra
Boycott Ultra protester in a crib.

UMF released a limited amount of early-bird tickets at 1 p.m. on Tuesday for $149.95. Unsurprisingly, considering the insane number of EDM fanatics who consider this festival to be Shangri-La, the servers were overloaded and tickets were near impossible to snag.

But snagged they were, and those left out in the cold got really vocal and angry. The Ultra camp quickly apologized and thanked the fans, as well as made a second round of tickets available.


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santosism2008
santosism2008

Wow, what condescending bullshit. They let anyone write for Miami New Times these days, it seems. 

omnipitous
omnipitous

Agree FatHand... Ultra charges WAY too freaking much for their tickets and this article says pretty much anyone who doesn't think the prices are where they should be at to be whiny idiots.  It's not just Ultra either... most of the big fests seem to think they can jack up their prices with no ramification.  The ticket price should not = a months rent for most people.  The "service" charge should not = the price the festival should be in the first place.  FYI It doesn't cost them any more to sell you a $50 ticket than it does to sell you a $400 ticket so why is the service charge $90?!  That part is pure rape.  The initial overprice of the ticket just overshadows it.

FatHand
FatHand

I'm no raver, but that is a pretty condescending article about people that are pissed that Ultra tix are $200 more than they were two years ago.

jason.ibarra.seo
jason.ibarra.seo

The Boycott Ultra fan page was launched less than 24 hrs ago and is just a few away from hitting 5,000 fans. They've been featured in some industry news and the momentum isn't slowing down.

I've been posting the below comment as a response to the pissed off comments on Ultra's official Facebook page to help spread the word.

It's amazing, in just 24hrs their comment stream went from 100% excitement to 95% hate.

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show them we're pissed! help us spread the word. they cant block us ALL or they'll lose their 1M "fan status" http://facebook.com/boycottultra

REPOST EVERYWHERE

edmdjs
edmdjs

IS  esreveR.M.Backwards going to troll every single persons post and comment on it with a rebuttle? Its obvious he is edm snob ( who is an annoying loser) or someone working for Ultra. Seriously, this festival is now overpriced. Don't blame the cost on production. Any good festival owner would have the production costs budgeted and keep it around the same year after year. Ultra secures the contracts so if the Djs are costing to much they need to find a better person to negotiate the deals. Stop trying to make it seem like ppl who want to go are a bunch of broke losers. The fact of the matter is it has nothing to do with being broke people are mad because Ultra is being greedy.  I make almost 200k per year and I am not gonna pay over $500 for a ticket just a few years ago I paid $99.00 for. I would rather go to another festival like TomorrowWorld which is cheaper and has a better atomosphere. Going to Ultra is a complete nightmare experience. Why would I want to pay $500 to be around a bunch of 18 year old molly ravers. Some of us do go for the music and not the drugs . I would pay $500 just to not have to deal with all the teeny boppers.  I don't even feel safe going to Ultra cause so many ppl are so drugged up. Did we not learn anything from Jackie Torrealbas death about drugs? Where is the safety and concern for the concert goers? The toilets are absolutely disgusting as well. Overall I am not gonna pay 400x more for an event that has turned into nothing but  a drug fest with a bunch of overpaid djs.Btw shame on what Russell did to Alex. He is the co-founder probably one of the other reasons this festival is turning to shit is because they have meetings without Alex present.

ComputerBarbie
ComputerBarbie

This writer is a complete idiot. I was cringing the entire time reading this. Nice try Kat, you SUCK! 

silvershady22
silvershady22

Kat Bein you have got to be the most ignorant, biased, and unprofessional journalist I've ever had the displeasure of following. It sounds like you were paid to write this. Why you don't go back to school instead of writing biased blogs online so you can understand basic economics and proper grammar. Regardless of whether or not "Boycott Ultra" will change anything, people should know and be informed about the marketing tactics of a greedy business that takes advantage of their customers, with no regard to their safety or well being. Not everyone that attends Ultra is 'love drug' fuzzy boot wearing hippy that sucks on pacifiers. Some of us are adults that appreciate good electronic music, and the talents of a good dj. Yo.

Yosho2k
Yosho2k

I could literally take a trip to south america with my girlfriend for $1,000. I'd rather go there than go 15 miles away to bayfront and give ultra my cash. 

It's not just the ticket prices you went up, you know. The fees go up proportionally with the price of the tickets. All in, each ticket is $505 now.

xxxraiderxxx
xxxraiderxxx

Bet that page is run by someone from Insomniac or some other company, lol.

sjw9367
sjw9367

Other festivals are lowering ticket prices, or at least keep them at a somewhat reasonable level

Leandro Thundercougarfalconbird
Leandro Thundercougarfalconbird

The Ultra Music Festival kicked my grandma, killed my puppies, is the reason why I cant do math and always looks at me wrong between classes and never likes my stauses.

sjw9367
sjw9367

My question is: was this writer actually paid to write this? I could have written something better when I was in seventh grade. I was expecting at least a somewhat unbiased article, but I guess I came to the wrong place. The facts are that its more then us not wanting to pay more money. The increase in ticket price ($100 for GA and $400 for VIP) tells me the Ultra is trying to capitalize on the EDM boom of the last few years. Ultra always claimed they were about the fans and OUR experience, but now it is clear that was never the case.

As for the author of this article: I know you are just a writer and you probably don't understand basic business/marketing/economics ideas, but if those nearly 7,000 people that like that page each tell their friends not to go next year, somewhere along the line there will be an impact. The real, true EDM fans will realize they are being taken advantage of and take their money elsewhere (EDC). So maybe next time if you want to be considered  a legitimate writer, do some research on the culture that has changed so many people's lives for the better. We may have thrown to PLUR out the door for this but  we know we are being taken advantage of. We will ALWAYS look after and take care of our own people. 

cobainxo
cobainxo

The artists are the biggest ripoffs. They ask for hundreds of thousands of dollars to play a set and that's.why prices rise in tickets. They don't care about the music anymore, they want to be rich and famous. And WE let it happen. Look at Woodstock, the biggest artists of Rock N Roll were there and the event was free. It made history and everyone had a GREAT FUCKING time. Fuck Ultra. Fuck these artists. Now a days they don't play for the music. They missed the point.

silvershady22
silvershady22

This festival has turned to crap. Its an over rated, over crowded and WAY over priced festival, that just isnt worth it anymore. Its turned into a complete bro yolo swag fest. With the price for 1 ultra ticket I can go on the HOLY SHIP! cruise for 3 days and get my room and board paid for, PLUS Id be in the bahamas with my favorite dj's. They can charge whatever they want for all I care, I'm out. Only little kids under 18 would pay that money because its the only festival they are allowed into. 

djmattpaul
djmattpaul

Hey Russell Faibisch--you just took 15 years of amazing work and flushed it down the drain. You took hundreds of thousands of real EDM fans and made them into hundreds of thousands of people who will spread the world that ULTRA IS OVER. Don't doubt the power of the people, man, because the people will win.

esreveR.M.Backwards
esreveR.M.Backwards

How do you think they pay for the permits that are needed to have this thing? Not to mention paying for all the musical talent, their band, and whomever else they bring. Plus, you have local, state and federal taxes. Not to mention having a police presence if and when things get out of hand. What about all the costs for stages, lighting, audio and video equipment, equipme for the artists to play on, the stage staff for before, during, and after the event?

This festival doesn't own the park where this takes place so they have to pay for that too and the vendors to feed everyone and the port a potty's. The list goes on and on. 

Hell no, this festival is not cheap by any means. Think of all that you are getting in return for that price. This is not some high school or college football game. Ultra brings the BIGGEST names performing at the festival. Those artists ARE NOT CHEAP! (http://www.forbes.com/sites/zackomalleygreenburg/2012/08/02/the-worlds-highest-paid-djs/) Also, don't forget all the people hat gets employed as ticket scanners, gate openers, cleaning crews. Are you getting any of this now?

IMHO most of the people on that boycott page would not be there if they got an early bird ticket. That is what this is reall about.. 


dj_gallactic
dj_gallactic

You know what is the worst part of your article is that it calls all people that go to festivals and labels us this, "Now, they're fighting back the only way they know how, with ironic "Likes" and all the bitching a fuzzy-booted youngster can muster." I'm not a youngster I'm in my late 20's I have never once worn fuzzy boots so get the facts straight! I go for the music not drugs nor kiddy clothes! The likes are not ironic! It's called the people finally standing up for something they have been doing to us as fans. Your article and hateful words are not what we would like to hear because it doesn't apply to everyone! This scene is falling apart and helping it crumble just like those extreme prices ultra has made this year! We are loving its the power of money that has taken the fun out of attending an event to hear amazing music. Sorry you feel this way about some amazing people and fans but you are only going to more fans one by one from these gestures and words!

courtneymiles
courtneymiles

you've totally missed the point. I've been going 11 years and last year was the straw that broke the camels back.  this isn't about not being able to afford to be able to go.  this is about it going from a festival about music and the love of the vibe and us as fans, to let's make a crapton of money.  I've defended ultra for years I have their U tattooed on my body.  this was a place I once called home.  This is no longer the case.  I will always value ultra this is not about hate for the festival this is the best festival on earth it's about making it for the people and not the almighty dollar

ferdinand_so
ferdinand_so

You need to check the Ultra official facebook page, you will see the reality of all this. 
If they don't do something, this Festival is going to be SHIT.

Marlon De Leon
Marlon De Leon

lol ultra is "sold out".. which is another way of saying "lol we'll release more tickets at a higher price in a few months, suckers"

dmar1121
dmar1121

You completely miss the point on this and make it seem like Ultra fans are whiny teenagers (which admittedly a good chunk are). I've been for almost ten years and have to pass this year. While I agree liking a page wont do anything, it doesn't require you to downplay why the fans are upset. Tickets are about $500 after S&H and service fees. Only the early birds were advertised to come out this week, usually tickets are not released until the late summer/fall. They usually go up somewhat steadily leading up to the festival - not jumping to an exorbitant $500 almost a year in advance! And the servers that "obviously" crashed due to the "shangri-la" reputation - they were "guaranteed" not to this year. So, Ultra found a way to insure that the overwhelming majority of fans wont attend unless they spend at least $500 (we'll see if they start raising the price like they usually do). I won't be liking a "boycott Ultra" page, but thanks but not thanks Ultra. I'm done.

Frank Castle
Frank Castle

thanks to me, new times put this article up...boycott ultra !!!!

David Ullman
David Ullman

"What's that? You're boycotting Ultra because it's too expensive? I can't hear you over these sold-out tickets!" - Ultra

Nick Lovett
Nick Lovett

Ive been to Ultra 8 times. First in 02' then it was only $39.99. I'm officially retiring from Ultra. It was fun, but I can fly to Hawaii for $500 thanks.

Misses Vee
Misses Vee

I have been going for the last 5 years but 500$ for 3 days....naw lol VIP parties are way better!

edmdjs
edmdjs

@jason.ibarra.seo  Go to TomorrowWorld. For $397 you get 5 days of camping and a prepary the same djs and I can promise you their production, food and security and everything  is 100x better than Ultras and still not even close to the same price as Ultra and a lot better value. http://www.tomorrowworld.com/ticketsales/ They even try to prevent scalping and screwing over fans by offering a buyback program on tickets. so greedy scalpers cannot rape the fans.  They actually care about their fans.

esreveR.M.Backwards
esreveR.M.Backwards

@edmdjs I am not edmsnob. Productions costs have exploded over the past few years. Same goes for booking fees. Please do not believe me. Go on google and search yourself. You will see the same thing. This article is ony the start.. (http://www.forbes.com/sites/zackomalleygreenburg/2012/08/02/the-worlds-highest-paid-djs/) Because the costs keep going up the price to throw a festival is much more from year to year. It is not my intention to make anyone look like a "broke loser" I am just stating facts. Facts that are verifiable. 

Ultra is not being greedy tho. Ultra tickets have increased in price every year (except 2013) and the production has increased along with it. This years increase is not even the largest percentage increase. 

Alot of us go for the music, unfortunatly many go for other reasons; age is NOT a modifier here. Nor does Ultra twist anyones arms to do anything illegal.  I might add in all the years I have been going the most problems come from the 18+ crowd. The 18- crowd knows not to act the fool or the festival will go 18+ 

Jackie Torrealba? The girl that Dj Seasons killed? How does that have anything to do with Ultra? That was a domestic disbute on the side of the road that went too far. Not very tactful to bring up the dead. >.<


unot
unot

@esreveR.M.Backwards $5 water over 150,000 in attendance over a 3 day period (maybe a little generous), let's say 2 water minimum per person because it's hot as fuck in Miami & scorching inside ultra. If I haven't turned completely retarded I think that adds up to 1.5 MILLION in water alone...And this is just a pothead estimate......There's so many artists out there you don't always have to book the same over priced acts repeatedly, last year was great & they still lest some of the best dj's out of the lineup....Not to mention Ultra isn't once a year, they are a brand just like EDC, except they travel world wide & not just through the states. Yeah it cost money to throw a festival, but not that much.$90 convenience fee...Lol 

cobainxo
cobainxo

Oh Fucking please. They know Ultra is a huge event and they jacked up pricing. Fuck those artists and Fuck Ultra.

silvershady22
silvershady22

@esreveR.M.Backwards dude... ultra is the most expensive edm festival on the planet. stop trying to justify the price bro, tomorrowland has way better production and the same dj's and its nowhere near 500$

dj_gallactic
dj_gallactic

well I have gone for about 4 years to ultra and the prices have never been so high and actually I have gone being Forced to pay the full price because presales don't even last for 2 seconds the past 2 years and ya there is alot of money that goes to other factors for the festival but you don't think that they make all that money from the $8 waters merchandise, food, admission, tickets $500 a piece 100'000 of people thats millions of dollars made off us the fans VIP, bottle service I'm sure they make more than enough from every one of us to pay for the festival to be put on and pay the Dj's and have extra cash

esreveR.M.Backwards
esreveR.M.Backwards

@dmar1121 @dmar1121 Actually the umf twitter page and last update before tickets were released states ALL tickets will be available. The only servers "guaranteed" not to crash was www.UltraMusicFestival.com. ...just say'n If you have been going for almost 10 years then you know to expect this from every year past. Small amount of tickets, massive amount of people trying to get them Riots in malls on Black Friday have been caused because of the same thing. 14 years running, everyt year (sense early bird were avail) the servers crash. 


edmdjs
edmdjs

@esreveR.M.Backwards @edmdjs Seriously no one wants to keep hearing the same post over and over again. What does Jackie have to do with this.? Well I am her friend and her families friend and they don't like the fact that the edm scene is catering too teens and putting them in bad situations being around ppl 2x their age and around drugs. Why are you promoting this festival to underage kids? A festival that is cesspool of drugs!?? What happens when ppl get fucked up on drugs? Maybe it will take someone getting really hurt like what happened to Jackie  at ultra or leaving ultra for you to realize that young people should not be exposed to all those drugs.  Perhaps Ultra could  hire real police that actually do something about all the drugs. Barely any of the clubs threw all age parties anymore after Jackie died because of safety concerns. You never followed suit. Lastly, older people don't want to pay $500.00 to watch a bunch of teens rolling off their asses. Ultra doesn't twist peoples arms to do anything illegal but you sure do NOTHING to keep people safe. Keep posting your b.s. all over this page about production costs you will see your posts are falling on deaf ears. It frustrates me because this used to be one of the best festivals in the world and now its just going down the drain.

esreveR.M.Backwards
esreveR.M.Backwards

@unot - True and thos figures work but you do nto realize one thing. The vendors working the event pay ultra a fee to vend inside the festival. The profits that these vendors make does not go into Ultra pocket. 

The reason Ultra books alot of the same top artists is because the people demand that. 

True the festival happens in other countries but that does not help the festival here in the states. That is one edge EDC has, they do multiable festivals in the states and have better resources as such :) That 90.00 fee is crap tho..


esreveR.M.Backwards
esreveR.M.Backwards

@silvershady22 Not trying to justify anyhting. Just posting the facts. Please do your research and you will see the same thing. Google Electronic music festival production costs on the rise see for yourself. Read the link I posted too. 


esreveR.M.Backwards
esreveR.M.Backwards

@edmdjs city of Miami Commission is doing a fine job. Altho I am sure there are people that will argue that..

There is already private security, on duty and undercover police inside the festival ;)

I've been a dj for about 10 years now. I unno how you are classifying 
respectable clubs as but most respectable clubs in miami never did All Age in the 1st place. The clubs that did do all age are still doing all ages parties...

Police turning a blind eye? Police arrested 167 people at Ultra 2013(Both weekend total), primarily for narcotics and gatecrashing. (Last year, there were 78 arrests during the three-day) 

Profits of 20million? Sure before anymoney is paid out I would say that is a fair number. Sure isn't that number after everyone gets paid. . . 

edmdjs
edmdjs

@esreveR.M.Backwards If the city of Miami isn't going to do its job which they obviously are not...hire private security. I live in Miami and I am a cop in Aventura.  "Most" respectable clubs NOT all clubs stopped promoting all age parties. This festival is turning into nothing more than an overpriced drug fest which Miami police turn a blind eye to because of your considerable donation to the police. Your profits are more than 20 million dollars pretty sure you can afford to pay for some good security and actually increase the age limit to keep young teenagers safe. It will take one dead teenager and one angry mom to take down ultra and thats all it's gonna take.

esreveR.M.Backwards
esreveR.M.Backwards

@edmdjs Ah the joys of the internet where anyone can be anyone or anything ^.^ You know the city of Miami Mayor put it best. "Ultra does not force anyone to do anything illegal, that is the persons own decision and not the fauly of UMF or any music festival."

There is a large police force inside and outside Ultra. 

Wait what? No clubs throw all age parties? Uhh, what part of Miami are you in? A quick event search shows SEVERAL all age events in Miami and the surrounding counties. 

What would you suggest to do more to keep people safe? Drug sniffing dogs walking thru the crowds? Sure that woudl catch SOME people not all. Strip searches at the entrance? Still wont catch everyone... 

esreveR.M.Backwards
esreveR.M.Backwards

@silvershady22 - I have thrown/helped throw music festivals. Nothing to this size but I have a good understanding of the costs and how they raise from year to year. Everyone always wants a bigger piece of the pie. 

I think that the biggest issue peopl ehave witht he price is there is nothing to compair their investment against. Just wait and see, it will be well worth it. 




silvershady22
silvershady22

@esreveR.M.Backwards @silvershady22 I do understand the costs associated with throwing a music festival. I have never thrown any personally, but I do throw shows and I understand that there are costs involved. Regardless this is about the money they are making and not the cost. Its not like Russel is doing this for non profit, and a 30% increase from last year? In my opinion tickets are so much because they aren't sure if they are going to get the approval from the city of Miami for a second weekend and they need to capitalize on it. No other festival is charging anywhere near this price, so I can understand why people are a little upset. 

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