Ultra on Defeating Miami Ban: "We Are Pleased... We Are Optimistic About the Future"

Photo by Ian Witlen

The Ultra ban has failed.

After delaying the issue at its April 10 meeting, the Miami City Commission finally discussed, considered, and voted on the future of the EDM fest.

The result was 4-1 in favor of Ultra returning to Miami and Bayfront Park for 2015.

See also: In Defense of Ultra Music Festival

Photo by Ian Witlen

Two weeks ago, Mayor Tomás Regalado and Commissioner Marc Sarnoff cosponsored a resolution "prohibiting the Bayfront Park Management Trust from holding the Ultra Music Festival in the future," spurred largely by the trampling of security guard Erica Mack at this year's event.

But just as it was set to be addressed, the mayor and commissioner both asked that the motion be withdrawn in favor of "discuss[ing] this," Regalado said, "on the next commission meeting."

So today, the Ultra issue was finally confronted. And while Regalado griped that "residents complain they are prisoners in their homes for three days," the festival's lobbyist, Brian May, insisted that "to lose [Ultra] would be something that is damaging to the Miami brand in the future."

In the end, Ultra won out, with only Sarnoff voting against keeping the fest in Miami.

See also: Ultra Plans "Comprehensive Security Review" in Response to Security Guard's Trampling

Location Info


Bayfront Park

301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL

Category: General

Klipsch Amphitheater at Bayfront Park

301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL

Category: Music

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