As a child we ventured to Orlando to go to the happiest place on Earth. Some years later we wander a little further south and go to a different version of the happiest place on Earth: Miami and South Beach for Miami Music Week and the three-day Ultra Music Festival.
The third and final day of UMF (day one recap here; day two recap here) traditionally marks the culmination of the days and nights of festivities and it seems it’s the “let’s fit in all the fun and craziness we haven’t covered yet because it’s almost over” mentality is prominent. It as if we try to see all of the artists at all of the stages for fear of missing something cool. But like Orlando’s theme park mentioned above, you just can’t see it all in one day.
As the masses were still flowing in, UMF’s Stage 7 hosted DJ Ideal who was blasting ATB’s old-school classic “You’re Not Alone” in conjunction with the ambiance and haze from the fog machine. Given some time at the scaffolding style stage and dance floor, revelers might mistake the hazy reaction from the aerosol paint fumes wafting up from the graffiti artists below the stage with the overly emotive effects from the music.
Fans poured into day two of the Ultra Music Festival (read our day one recap here) at a slightly slower pace considering their intense, party-packed week but once inside the music-filled playground they switched into high-energy party mindset.
Vicetone played a daytime spot at the UMF Radio Stage getting a solid reception and an added applause when Nicky Romero appeared on stage. All the artists have been professionally supportive of each other’s work such as with Vicetone’s “Tremble” on Romero’s “Legacy” release.
Sisters Krewella — Jahan Yousaf, Yasmine Yousaf — sans third band member Rain Man, wowed the main stage, sharing split time behind the decks and at stage front on vocals. They played “Punk,” gave a shout-out to their hometown of Chicago and a shout-out to their absent band member. They also gave a dedication to their parents who they said were somewhere else viewing the live stream (and enjoying bragging rights, I’m sure) as they went into “Legacy.”
Gramatik’s set at the Live Stage set was doused with the artist’s instinctive genre, hip-hop, but then spanned the generations, and quite successfully, when the very classic “Superstition” hit the sound system bringing fans to the aisles.
Bro Safari incited the crowd at the Worldwide Stage as the genres seamlessly mixed from hip-hop to drum ‘n’ bass.
The last day at the W Hotel for the SiriusXM Music Lounge proved to be bittersweet because the warm hospitality and stunning ambiance was coming to an end. But always in dazzling style the event went out with a bang wrapping up with the Armin van Buuren and Friends’ Armada Takeover with artists Cedric Gervais, Audien, Ørjan Nilsen and Andrew Rayel (below).
Audien mixed out from “Wayfarer” into “Sun And Moon” then on to “Now Or Never” and the staff cranked up the party mode a notch for this finale as the emcee jumped on mic to announce, “Give it up for Audien. Give it up for open bar!” The crowd cheered.
Ferry Corsten mingled with Ben Gold. Ruben de Ronde took a spot in the SiriusXM interview seat. Max Vangelli and Thomas Gold made their rounds. Ørjan Nilsen was full of on-stage antics even while dropping the beautiful “Once Lydian.”
Later in the day we hiked over to Miami from South Beach with the masses for the first day of Ultra Music Festival.
Zedd threw the crowd for a loop when he played his famed “Clarity” including a crowd involvement on the chorus but then dropped into the “Smack My Bitch Up” intro.