The organizers of Ultra Music Festival have released an official statement regarding the cancellation of this year’s edition in Miami.
As thousands of dance music lovers began to make their final preparations before heading to the Sunshine State for Miami Music Week festivities, the scene was rocked by an update that came from Mayor Francis Suarez and Commissioner Joe Carollo. After meeting early on Wednesday, the two city officials called for a postponement of Ultra Music Festival due to growing concerns over the Coronavirus.
While the initial comments that surfaced from the meeting between the City of Miami and Ultra were vague, Suarez and Carollo said that there would be a joint statement arrive on Friday. Now, the statement has been released, effectively confirming the report from a source close to the Miami Herald that arrived shortly after the original meeting concluded: Ultra Music Festival will not be taking place in Miami in 2020.
While this joint statement confirmed the report, it also went on to state the event will be postponed until March 26, 27, and 28, 2021. In a press conference Friday morning, city officials cited the size of the event and load-in time required for Ultra’s production as some of the main factors in their decision to postpone. The official statement from Ultra Music Festival expanded on the cancellation of this year’s event saying:
“Due to the Florida Governor’s declaration of a public health emergency and Centers of Disease Control and Prevention’s Interim Guidance for COVID-19, it is impossible for the City to provide access to Bayfront Park at this time.”
Additionally, more information has also been released about refunds. All ticket holders will be contacted by email on Monday regarding the next steps.
This cancellation of this year’s event also marks the first time in over two decades that Ultra Music Festival has not taken place in the greater Miami area. The lineup was set to feature some of the biggest artists in the dance music scene like David Guetta, Martin Garrix, Marshmello, The Chainsmokers, and Carl Cox.
Other notable cancellations that have been announced already this week include Ultra Abu Dhabi and Tomorrowland Winter while many others continue to monitor the situation.
Read the full statement on Ultra Music Festival’s Facebook Page: