Ultra Music Festival 2017: What You Need to Know

This year’s biggest EDM festival is just around the corner, but are you prepared? This March, the Ultra Music Festival is descending on Miami for one insane weekend. It’s set to feature some of the biggest names in EDM and dance, including  Justice, The Prodigy, Martin Garrix and Carl Cox. If you’re not ready, then luckily we’ve put together a bit of a primer on this year’s Ultra. Here, we’ve got everything you need to know about Miami’s loudest weekend.

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When and where?

Ultra will kick off on Saturday, March 24, and run until Sunday the 26th. For all three days, the festival will be at Bayfront Park. It’s pretty hard to miss, though FYI the exact address is 301 North Biscayne Boulevard Miami, Florida.

Is my favorite artist going to be there?

Some of the biggest names this year include Justice, Underworld, Ice Cube, Major Lazer, Chase & Status, Rabbit in the Moon, Cypress Hill, KSHMR, Zhu, Adam Beyer, Galantis, and Zedd. Just skimming those names, you might have noticed something: this year Ultra is a little more hip hop/DJ oriented than usual. Previous years have been a little heavier on Indie rock and live electronic acts. There’s still plenty of that to be had, but it looks like the festival is banking on a slight change of tack to bring in more crowds. To see for yourself, check out the full lineup here.

Tickets are sold out?

If you’ve been procrastinating about getting tickets, then you may have heard some bad news. A few weeks back rumors were circulating that general admission tickets were either sold out, or close to it. On March 1, Billboard confirmed that general admission had sold out, leaving plenty of people pretty disappointed. However, don’t despair yet. At the time of writing, Ultra was still selling VIP packages, including the Tier 1 VIP 3 Day Pass. At a heavy $1249.95, it’s not exactly bargain basement, but for your money you get quite a few pretty decent perks. Some of these include access to VIP seating and dance areas, fewer lines and access to premium drinks and food. The VIP areas tend to have much better views of the stages, and in previous years the VIP bathrooms have always been noticeably less terrible than those used by general admission. Apart from the price, the only other big drawback to VIP is the fact that you need to be 21 to access the special areas, while general admission is open to everyone 18 and up. If you’re not sold on VIP but still want to party, then there’s always …

Other Miami Music Week events

Miami Music Week is more than just Ultra. For seven days, Miami is taken over by dozens of music festivals. Some of these include the Axtone Miami Pool Party on March 22, the Stereo Yacht Party on March 23, and Above & Beyond on the same day. A full list of events can be found using this handy map.