Ultra 2014's Ten Worst Moments
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Ultra Music Festival is epic. Until it's not.
There is much about the EDM fest that's awe-inspiringly, eye-bulgingly, brain-meltingly awesome. It's among one of the best raver parades on the planet. It's got 200-foot LED stages that look like arcades from outer space, complete with lasers, pyrotechnics, and other expensive gimcracks. And it can't be denied that its lineup is perpetually loaded with hundreds of the world's best DJs, whether commercial or underground, trance or house or techno or bass or dubstep or trap.
But it's not all spectacle and fun. Here are Ultra 2014's ten worst moments.
See also: Ultra 2014's Ten Best Moments
Photo by George Martinez Tiësto rockin' the Ultra main stage with a Band-Aid on his forehead.
Curse of the Superstar DJ
Seven days before Ultra 2014 was set to begin, the first famous disc jockey went down when Tiësto smacked his head on an LED screen during a set at an EDM fest in San Jose. He was sent to the hospital, found to have a concussion, and forced to cancel the next night's show in Los Angeles.
The following week, Avicii suddenly fell ill in Miami. He was rushed to the hospital. He was admitted for some mysterious illness. And his gig as part of the Avicii Hotel at the SLS South Beach hotel was nixed.
That same day, Afrojack fell on his face while doing a Winter Music Conference and Miami Music Week promo appearance. And he too was sent for emergency medical care.
The spectre of mass superstar DJ cancellations hung over Ultra like the shadow of Skirllex's spaceship. But in the end, Tiësto and Afrojack were both able to fulfill their Ultra engagements. Unfortunately, Avicii had to cancel. And so did Laidback Luke.
At least Luke's reason was his wife, DJ Gina Turner, going into labor. And the birth of a child ain't no curse. S. Pajot
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Avicii's Gallbladder Surgery
For a full day after the Swedish star's hospitalization, the cause of his illness remained a mystery to the general public. Rumors abounded, but there was no official word. Some said he had already left doctors' care. Others suggested he was still in serious trouble.
Eventually, it was announced that the Swede required gallbladder surgery. The secret had been revealed. But that meant he wouldn't be headlining Ultra 2014.
Almost immediately, wails of disappointment went up from Avicii superfans, many of whom actually seemed more preoccupied with not getting full value for their $399.95 plus fees than the health of their EDM idol.
That's pretty selfish, bro. S. Pajot