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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