Beware of imitations is the word from the Ultra Music Festival as it moves to Bicentennial Park in downtown Miami for its 8th edition. With more events than ever before taking place during March in Miami, this year's Ultra Music Festival will take place on Saturday March 25, on the second day of the official Winter Music Conference dates.
Regarded in America as THE premier dance festival of its kind, the event has broadened its line-up in order to attract a range of punters and includes several artists not necessarily synonymous with dance music, but who will offer something a little different for the tens of thousands of punters expected to attend. We managed to get hold of Event Organiser Lainie Copicotto who is clearly excited by the prospect of the new venue and confirmed artists:
This years Ultra has definitely brought out our thinking caps. When we heard we sold out Bayfront last year we were like. Damn! How do we top this? This year we have moved to the larger Bicentennial Park, added the BPM Live arena which will have talent such as Hot Hot Heat, Hard Fi, oh and another you may know. But we'll announce that later. Even the park it self will have a theme. And of course the Beatport Techno Arena is just a brilliant lineup. Enough before I give too much away. Stay tuned because Resident Advisor is the first place for Ultra info World Wide.Electronic heavyweights already confirmed include: Richie Hawtin, Paul van Dyk, Carl Cox, Hernan Cattaneo, Danny Tenaglia, Armand van Helden, Nic Fanciulli, The Prodigy, Paul Oakenfold (with a Live orchestra), Erick Morillo, Donald Claude, Danny Howells and a host of other DJs.
Adding alternative flavour to the line-up are Hot Hot Heat. Originally formed in 1999 in Victoria B.C. the indie synth band turned heads last year when they toured with Weezer and the Foo Fighters. West London group Hard-Fi, whose album 'Stars of CCTV' earned them two Brit nominations, will also showcase their sounds on a day which will have people running from stage to stage in a bid to catch all the action.
Recent additions to the line-up include minimal techno genius Richie Hawtin, fresh from his composition duties for the Torino Winter Olympic Games Opening Ceremony on February 10th.
New artists are continually been added to the bill so for the latest line-up, tickets and information and updates go to Ultra Music Festival.