Ultra 2015 Introduces Resistance, Underground Dance Music Stage


If you've been wondering how acts like Jamie Jones, Art Department, Maceo Plex, tINI, Tale of Us, Guti, and Dixon were going to factor into Ultra Music Festival 2015's master plan, wonder no more.

Yesterday, the fest announced Resistance, its newest stage concept for the three-day event. There's no question that the stage's mission is to be a beacon for underground dance music at Ultra -- you know, the kind that's about the build and journey, and not formulaic drops and hooks.

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Alex Omes Died the Very Day of His Trial Against Ultra Music Festival

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Alex Omes: "He was my best friend," says the brother who found him dead.

Alex Omes had been missing for 12 hours.

The morning of Monday, January 12, his big brother, Carlos, tried texting and calling. But there was no answer. Later in the day, Carlos texted and called, again and again. Still nothing. "We were extremely close," the elder Omes says. "And it wasn't like him. It gave me a bad feeling."

Around 9 p.m., Carlos headed over to Alex's fifth-floor townhouse apartment at 8101 Biscayne Blvd., in a building called the Bank Lofts. He pleaded with the property manager and a police officer to open the door. "I told them that I feared for my brother's well-being."

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Alex Omes: Memorial Service Announced for Ultra Cofounder


Family, friends, and fellow dance music lovers are preparing to say goodbye to Alex Omes.

Last week, the Ultra Music Festival cofounder and Miami nightlife icon was found dead at home after failing to show for a court date related to his lawsuit against Ultra, the electronic dance music fest that he helped launch with Russell Faibisch in 1999 before being forced out by his partners in 2010.

His death was a shock to thousands upon thousands. Omes was only 43. He leaves behind his brother, Carlos, and his 12-year-old son, Joshua, as well as ex-wife Karie Omes.

The memorial service will be held this Friday at St. Patrick Catholic Church on Miami Beach. The public is welcome.

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Ultra's 2015 Lineup Is Underwhelming

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When Ultra Music Festival's lineup "leaked" last month, I was really hoping it was some kind of joke. The lineup was what I hoped Ultra would never become: lazy.

The problem is that instead of setting trends, Ultra seems to be following them. This wasn't always the case. In fact, up until a few years ago, Ultra was the American barometer of what you'd be hearing in dance clubs in a couple years.

That's not to say personally I may be getting too old for Ultra. Already partially deaf in one ear thanks to years of "OMG! Those speakers are amazing!" abuse, I now complain about everything: the music being too loud, the kids dressing like idiots, my feet hurting from standing too much. I fully realize at 30-something that I may no longer be a member of the ideal "demographic" that Ultra organizers are aiming for.

Still, that doesn't take away my right to complain. So what the fuck happened with Ultra? Well, let me break it down for you.

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Alex Omes: Family, Friends, and DJs Remember the Ultra Cofounder


Only 43 years old, Alex Omes has passed away.

He was a cofounder of Ultra Music Festival. And he was a Miami nightlife icon. But most important, he was a father, a son, and a brother as well as a respected peer to thousands upon thousands.

Yesterday, after reporting Omes' death, we at New Times reached out to his family, friends, business partners, colleagues, and dance music compatriots.

Here are their remembrances.

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Alex Omes, Ultra Cofounder and Miami Nightlife Icon, Has Died UPDATED


Update: Pete Tong, Sander Kleinenberg, Karie Omes, and others shared with New Times a few words of remembrance of Alex Omes and his influence on the city and dance music.

Word spread on social media today that Ultra Music Festival cofounder and longtime Miami nightlife fixture Alex Omes has passed away at the age of 43.

According to the medical examiner's office, Omes died Monday at 10:37 p.m. No other details were provided.

Omes' greatest legacy was the creation of Ultra in 1999 with then-partner Russell Faibisch. The festival would go on to become one of the largest dance music events in North America. And it even eventually eclipsed Winter Music Conference, which had been the reason so many DJs and dance acts came to Miami in March in the first place.

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Ultra 2015 Confirms Phase One Lineup

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Remember that time when we told you about the rumor that Avicii, Afrojack, Die Antwoord, Deep Dish, Loco Dice, Röyksopp, and Kygo were going to be at Ultra Music Festival 2015?

We were right.

Ultra has finally confirmed the fliers circulating around Los Angeles and Miami as the official Phase One lineup announcement. Feel free to vocalize via all social media networks in excitement, distaste, or ambivalence. And hey, tickets are still on sale.

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Ultra 2015: Rumored Phase One Lineup Leaks

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There's a rumor going around that Porter Robinson is going to be at Ultra Music Festival 2015, along with Axwell & Ingrosso, Röyksopp, Steve Angello, Loco Dice, Avicii, Die Antwoord, and dozens of others.

A flyer reportedly distributed last night in Los Angeles following a Skrillex concert boasts 101 artist names in an alleged Ultra 2015 lineup announcement. We here at Crossfade did a bit of snooping and heard from reliable yet unofficial sources that the lineup is legitimate, but attempts to confirm with Ultra Music Festival representatives yielded no response.

Sources say Ultra is planning to reveal its official Phase One lineup in early January. Until then, here's what you might post your opinion about on Facebook.

UPDATE It's finally official... Ultra Music Festival 2015 has confirmed the Phase One lineup.

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Ultra Lawsuit: X-Rays and Photos of Security Guard Erica Mack's Injuries

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An x-ray of Ultra security guard Erica Mack's surgically repaired right ankle.

Her skull was fractured. And her leg was broken.

However, beyond those basic facts, the seriousness of security guard Erica Mack's injuries, sustained during a gatecrashing incident at Ultra Music Festival 2014, was unknown.

At least until yesterday, when Mack spoke for the first time, after seven months of silence, about her brain bleeds and surgically repaired right ankle as well as the $10 million lawsuit she's filed against Ultra, the City of Miami, and others.

Now she and attorney Eric Isicoff have also released x-rays and photos of her broken leg, which is being held together by screws and metal plates.

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Erica Mack Discusses Ultra Lawsuit

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Security guard Erica Mack is suing Ultra Music Festival and others for $10 million.

On Friday, March 28, 2014, Erica Mack, a 29-year-old security guard working Ultra Music Festival was critically injured when she was trampled by a stampeding horde of gatecrashers.

"I suffered two fractures in my skull. A temporal fracture and a fracture at the base of my skull," she tells Crossfade, recalling the condition in which she awoke at Jackson Memorial Hospital, after blacking out during the incident. "There was bleeding on the brain. Also, I had bleeding out of my ear."

And she adds: "I also sustained a multiple break in my leg. They had to perform surgery, and there's metal plates and screws supporting the leg now."

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