In late September, information surfaced that Ultra Music Festival had been booted from its longtime house at Bayfront Park. It didn’t take lengthy for the occasion organizers to suggest a brand new host venue about ten minutes away on Virginia Key, and on November 15, the Miami City Council introduced the proposal to an official vote. Even amid contentious opposition from Rapture Music Festival and residents of Key Biscayne, the vote handed — formally transferring Ultra to a brand new house for the primary time since 2001.
After greater than three hours of heated deliberation, Miami Marine Stadium and Historic Virginia Key Beach Park in Virginia Key turned the brand new host venue for Ultra Music Festival. The vote ended Four-1 in favor of the transfer, although the choice finally got here down to 2 council members on the sting of a “sure” vote. The two 12 months deal does embody some contingencies — there’s the opportunity of revocation inside 60 days after the 2019 pageant if sure circumstances happen. What’s extra, Ultra has to pay $2 million to town of Miami with a purpose to promote as much as 60,000 tickets to the pageant.
But maybe the grass can be greener in Virginia Key as Ultra opens a brand new chapter within the pageant’s illustrious historical past. We’ll see come March, 2019.
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