It’s arguably my favorite day of the year, Ultra’s 2019 phase one lineup announcement. The powers that be teased us early this week with Twitter clues that encouraged online fans to scratch their heads as to what day we would be blessed with finding out if our favorites would indeed be featured. Ultra 2019 exceeded expectations, laying down a gauntlet of a lineup.
Just weeks after event organizers announced its move to Historic Virginia Key, Ultra Music Festival has now dropped the first installment of the 2019 lineup ahead of its 21st edition. Featuring world-class, top-tier international talent, Ultra Music Festival will commence its tenure at Miami’s beautiful Historic Virginia Key Beach Park & Miami Marine Stadium on March 29, 30, and 31 2019. Set to finish two hours later at 2 A. M., the festival will see extended set times and performances throughout, in what promises to be its most expansive edition yet.
After the disappointing move from Bayfront Park, and the nail-biting decision to proceed at the new location of Virginia Key, Ultra 2019 put nay-sayers to rest with a powerhouse lineup featuring incredible G.O.A.T.’s and crowd pleasers alike. I’ll follow Joel absolutely anywhere, and it seems Ultra heard my Christmas wish, and then some… by featuring three performances by Deadmau5, including one as Testpilot, and the World Debut of his Cube 3.0 on the live stage. I guess you know where to find me!
I personally am stoked for the new venue, Bayfront was getting overcrowded and embracing the change will make Ultra 2019 new and fresh this year. With a vast new space for fans to explore, the ULTRA experience will be more immersive than ever before. Perhaps we will get some beach time?
Techno and House fans will be extremely excited, (myself especially for Richie Hawtin), along with a second dedicated Resistance stage that secures Techno’s place in Ultra’s heart. RESISTANCE, which, after a year of global domination this year picked up its own accolade as the DJ Awards’ Best Ibiza Night, will return in full force, boasting sets from house and techno’s most in-demand artists, including Adam Beyer, Carl Cox, Jamie Jones B2B Joseph Capriati, Maceo Plex, The Martinez Brothers, and a special B2B for legendary pioneers Sasha & John Digweed. Techno titans Dubfire, Nicole Moudaber, and Paco Osuna will also join forces once more for a rare B3B set. The festival will also see Loco Dice and Richie Hawtin take to the decks in Miami for the first time since 2016 along with techno masterminds and Afterlife label curators Tale of Us. This year RESISTANCE will be hosted on its very own island in the Historic Virginia Key Beach Park, as it takes on a larger role than ever within the festival.
The DJ mag voted number one music festival in the world didn’t leave out mainstage favorites including Afrojack, Alesso, Armin van Buuren, The Chainsmokers, Marshmello, NGHTMRE + SLANDER present: Gud Vibrations, REZZ, Testpilot, Tiësto, Zedd and Zeds Dead. Additionally, next year’s edition will see the much-anticipated Miami return of DJ Mag’s #1 DJ in the World for the third year running – Martin Garrix, who last performed at the festival in 2017. ULTRA veteran David Guetta will also make his way back to Miami with an entirely new show that’s being kept firmly under wraps.
Get ready to cry… and cry a lot, because Ultra 2019 pulled everyone’s favorite live band, Odesza for the live stage. In addition to its staple Main Stage, RESISTANCE and ULTRA Worldwide stage, Ultra Music Festival will debut a brand new Live Arena showcasing a string of live performances from some of the scene’s most iconic names. Galantis, Louis The Child are just some of the artists that will join the fold. Renowned for their cinematic live performances, ODESZA will be making an emphatic return to ULTRA with a set full of surprises. DJ extraordinaire Deadmau5 will premiere his brand new Cube 3.0 stage production, in what will be a Mau5 worldwide debut. ILLENIUM will also perform an exclusive debut live show for the 2019 edition. Bring extra tissues to this stage.
Having welcomed over 165,000 guests across three days, the festival’s celebratory 20th Anniversary edition this year was truly a feat to be reckoned with. With a brand new venue, unparalleled talent and a mind-blowing live component, Ultra Music Festival 2019 is already shaping up to be a truly groundbreaking edition. Fans can expect exclusive ULTRA performances from Carl Cox, The Chainsmokers, deadmau5, Dubfire B3B Nicole Moudaber B3B Paco Osuna, Galantis, GRiZ, ILLENIUM, Jamie Jones B2B Joseph Capriati, Louis The Child, Marshmello, Martin Garrix, NGHTMRE + SLANDER present: Gud Vibrations, ODESZA, REZZ, Richie Hawtin, Sasha | John Digweed, Testpilot, Zedd and others. With a further phase in the planning for early 2019 and with many more surprises in store, Ultra Music Festival is expected to sell-out as usual.