The fashionable music pageant, which has turn into an annual staple of Miami’s digital music scene since 2001, introduced on Thursday that it had reached a brand new settlement with the town company that manages the downtown parks to stay at Bayfront Park via 2027.
A press release shared by occasion organizers reads, “Bayfront Park will be Ultra Music Festival’s official home for the next five years, thanks to the City of Miami Commission unanimously passing an agreement between the festival and the Bayfront Park Management Trust.”
In March, the three-day pageant made a thrilling, post-pandemic return to Bayfront Park with performances from Kygo, Martin Garrix, Tiësto, Sofi Tucker, David Guetta, and lots of extra huge names from the EDM group.
The return to Bayfront Park marked Ultra’s first time downtown since 2018 — a hiatus that concerned some well-publicized drama between occasion organizers and the Downtown Neighbors Alliance (DNA), which represents roughly 30,000 residents who reside in condominiums within the Central Business District and the Park West neighborhood not removed from the park.
Ultra had known as Bayfront Park residence from 2001 till 2005 and once more from 2012 to 2018. But the pageant’s relationship with downtown residents reached the breaking level with the 2018 occasion, and some months later, the Miami City Commission voted unanimously in opposition to providing Ultra a five-year lease beginning in 2019. Ultra relocated the 2019 social gathering to close by Virginia Key Beach Park and Miami Marine Stadium Flex Park, a transfer that resulted in much more complications for the pageant, largely owing to poor transportation logistics and public outcry from environmentalists.
After months of negotiations that started in the summertime of 2020, Ultra and the DNA lastly settled their variations and confirmed in June 2021 that the pageant would return to Bayfront in 2022.
“This development finally opens the door to establishing an ongoing working relationship between the parties, which was long overdue,” Ultra spokesperson Ray Martinez stated in a May 2021 announcement. “Maybe the COVID pause gave both sides an opportunity to kind of take a breath, if you will, and come to the table without the impending event looming over either side. We really tried to work on the solution so we could coexist.”
As reported by Miami Herald, Miami commissioners unanimously voted final week in help of a brand new, revocable licensing settlement between Ultra and the Bayfront Park Management Trust, which manages the waterfront parks downtown. The belief is chaired by former Miami mayor and present metropolis commissioner Joe Carollo.
According to the Herald, the phrases of the contract embody a 4 p.c annual improve on the $2 million rental price to make use of the park beginning with the 2024 occasion. (The 2020 settlement known as for a 3 p.c annual improve with a $2 million baseline.) The belief’s board will reportedly have management over the income, and Carollo has said that the funds will go towards upkeep and enhancements of waterfront parks.
The new settlement additionally features a clause that enables both social gathering to terminate the lease inside a two-month interval following annually’s occasion.
A restricted variety of tickets for the 2023 occasion, scheduled for March 24-26, will go on sale subsequent Tuesday, May 17, at 11 a.m., through ultramusicfestival.com.
Revisit New Times’ Friday, Saturday, and Sunday protection from this 12 months’s Ultra, which welcomed 165,000 attendees all through the weekend of March 25-27 for a triumphant sold-out return after two years away.