Ultra Ravers React to 18-and-Over Policy: "I'm About to Cry"

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Ultra Music Festival is finally legal, in the sense that adult party people will no longer need to rage alongside wide-eyed 12-year-olds and be astonished when they say it's their "third year."

For the 2015 edition of the EDM fest, each and every raver will need to be at least the age of majority to get through the gates at downtown Miami's Bayfront Park.

Earlier today, Ultra organizers confirmed this new 18-and-over policy after festival fliers with an "18+" disclaimer popped up at this past weekend's Electric Zoo in New York.

Of course, many grownup EDM fans are pleased. But lots of Ultra underage ravers are howling, "I'm about to cry."

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Ultra Confirms 18-and-Over Policy: "The First Step to Having Fun Is Feeling Safe"

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Throwing up the universal sign for Ultra Music Festival.

It's official, ravers.

Over the weekend, we here at Crossfade, like the rest of the EDM world, were surprised by the sudden revelation that Ultra Music Festival seemed to be adopting a strict 18-and-over policy for its 2015 edition.

The rumor began to spread after a flier (which read "you must be 18 years of age or older to attend this event") was handed out to fest attendees at this past weekend's Electric Zoo in New York.

At the time, there was some dispute about the authenticity of this alleged Ultra handbill with the "18+" disclaimer. But now UMF organizers have confirmed "we ultimately believe that Ultra Music Festival is a premium event geared towards adults."

Check the cut for Ultra's full statement.

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Ultra Music Festival 2015 Will Be an 18-and-Over Event

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Ultra 2015 will be an adults-only affair.
Some may complain; others may cheer. It seems like Ultra Music Festival organizers have finally put an age restriction for the event.

EDM.com is reporting that Ultra 2015 will be a 18-and-over affair. This is according to flyers handed out at this weekend's Electric Zoo in New York City.

UPDATE Ultra confirms 18-and-Over policy: "The first step to having fun is feeling safe."

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

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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.

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Ultra Ban: Fest Declares "Short-Term Victory" in Fight With Miami City Commission

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Ultra is safe ... For now.

During yesterday's Miami City Commission meeting, Mayor Tomás Regalado and Commissioner Marc Sarnoff backed off on their most recent blitz to ban the EDM Festival from Miami.

At about 12:45 p.m., the mayor and commissioner announced a surprise withdrawal of their resolution "prohibiting the Bayfront Park Management Trust from holding the Ultra Music Festival in the future." And in rescheduling the Ultra issue, they downgraded the debate from a vote to a mere discussion item on the April 24 agenda.

In a statement released this morning, Ultra Music Festival declares a "short-term victory" while thanks its "patrons and partners" for their "infinite support."

Check the cut for Ultra's full official comment.

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Ultra Ban: Delayed Till April 24 by Miami City Commission

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What happened with the Ultra ban?

Well, we won't find out for another two weeks, because the Miami City Commission has just delayed the issue till its next meeting on April 24.

Originally scheduled to be discussed, considered, and voted upon today, the resolution was withdrawn by both sponsors, Mayor Tomás Regalado and Commissioner Marc Sarnoff, just before everybody recessed for a late lunch break.

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Ultra Music Festival Fights Ban With Petition to "Keep UMF in Miami"

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Ultra Music Festival has issued a "call to action."

Responding to Mayor Tomás Regalado and Commissioner Marc Sarnoff's proposed ban, the EDM fest has launched a petition to "Keep UMF in Miami."

"In order to stay at Bayfront Park," Ultra writes, "we need your support now." And at the time of this posting, the fest has collected 15,565 supporter signatures of its 50,000 goal.

UPDATE The vote on the Ultra ban has been delayed. Now the Miami City Commission won't discuss the EDM festival's future till April 24.

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Ultra Ban on Miami City Commission Agenda

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Chaos. Gatecrashing. Drug use. Graffiti. Crime.

In the wake of Ultra Music Festival 2014, Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado and Commissioner Marc Sarnoff have hyperbolically enumerated the evils of the EDM fest in pursuit of a city-wide ban.

There were two undeniable tragedies at this year's fest: the trampling of security guard Erica Mack and the death of 21-year-old attendee Adonis Escoto.

But in support of their resolution "prohibiting the Bayfront Park Management Trust from holding the Ultra Music Festival in the future," Regalado and Sarnoff have slipped into scaremongering.

UPDATE Ultra Music Festival is fighting the proposed ban with a petition to "Keep UMF in Miami."

UPDATE #2 The vote on the Ultra ban has been delayed. Now the Miami City Commission won't discuss the EDM festival's future till April 24.

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In Defense of Ultra Music Festival

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Won't somebody please think of the children!

Is everyone done with the pearl clutching in regards to Ultra Music Festival?

I get it -- EDM is Satan in musical form. And if you'd believe Mayor Tomás Regalado and City Commissioner Marc Sarnoff, Ultra is the ninth circle of Hell.

The reality is Ultra deserves some credit, and while there are some problems that need to be addressed, city leaders shouldn't make such irresponsible statements -- like Regalado who said, "I think we should not have Ultra next year here" -- before a thorough investigation has been completed into the trampling of security guard Erica Mack.

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Ultra Music Festival Announces 2015 Dates

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Only about 72 hours have passed since the end of Ultra 2014.

And naturally, that means we should start immediately planning for next year's edition of the massive EDM festival.

The good news: As they've typically done in recent years, Ultra organizers have already provided us with the 2015 dates.

The bad news: It still doesn't look like the fest will be returning to the two-weekend format any time soon.

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