Struggling with who to catch on the Ultra Music Festival lineup? We’ve compiled our must-see artists in Miami this year!
Ultra Music Festival is rapidly approaching, and fans are eagerly counting down the days to make their return to Downtown Miami’s Bayfront Park on March 24-26. This festival is the perfect mix of world-class talent, top-of-the-line stages, and the best vibes all around, nestled among Miami’s fiery skyline and beautiful waterfront – there’s just something special in the air at Ultra Miami that attracts attendees from all around the world.
This year is no different, with a stunning lineup catering to many tastes, genres, and styles. Heavy hitters and Ultra regulars such as Martin Garrix, David Guetta, Hardwell, Alesso, Armin van Buuren, and Zedd will return to the festival this year, with Swedish House Mafia also returning for what is bound to be an unforgettable performance. On the techno front, attendees can look forward to getting lost in the sounds of Charlotte de Witte and the legend himself, Carl Cox, while attendees looking for a dose of house can catch Michael Bibi, Claude VonStroke, and Oliver Heldens b2b Tchami, and plenty more.
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Whether you’re into the harder sounds of artists like Deathpact, Black Tiger Sex Machine, Kayzo, or Subtronics, Ultra Miami’s got you covered with various bass acts on the roster. Hardstyle enthusiasts can also look forward to catching Darren Styles, Da Tweekaz, Coone, and Lil Texas, among others, and an exciting Dirty Workz takeover of the UMF Radio Stage on Sunday.
Wherever you decide to spend your time, there’s surely no shortage of music and experiences to get you through the weekend. But if you’re not sure where to start on the lineup or looking to explore new sounds, we’ve got you covered below with our top picks to check out at Ultra Music Festival this year. Check out the full lineup for Ultra Music Festival 2023, and get your passes via their website while they’re still available. Read on for five artists that we believe you cannot miss this year!
Five Artists You Need to See at Ultra Music Festival 2023
If you’re looking for a truly unique set at Ultra, you must check out Kasablanca. This melodic techno duo will take you on a journey through immense, worldly soundscapes and retro yet futuristic vibes as they take the Live Stage on Friday. Kasablanca is more than a performance, but an experience in itself, as they welcome you into their celestial universe. Tracks like “Synthetic Blues” and “Can You Hear Me Now?” off their Immunity EP have resonated hard with fans, and they’ve seen a whirlwind of success with releases on labels such as Armada Music and Anjunabeats. Make sure to add them to your schedule this year at Ultra Miami.
For a hefty serving of house to shuffle along to, swing by VNSSA’s set. This powerhouse DJ is rising the ranks of the scene and paving the way for others to follow suit. VNSSA knows the ins and outs of how to cater to any house-loving crowd, with infectious releases like “Cuz of the Beat,” “Skin” with OMNOM, and her recent Just What The World Needs EP with Walker and Royce and Mindchatter landing in the hearts of fans worldwide. She’s garnered major support from labels like Dirtybird and Techne, and she shows no signs of stopping soon. Definitely catch this girl boss when she brings her talents to the Resistance Cove on Sunday at Ultra Music Festival.
If you’re searching for hard-hitting psytrance at Ultra Miami this year, Israeli artist Blastoyz is someone you must add to your setlist. His electric performances never fail to leave audiences starstruck and bouncing along to the rhythm of 150 BPM. Blastoyz has recently taken the stage at events globally, such as Dreamstate Poland and Groove Cruise, while also completing his debut tour in the U.S. Fans are amped up to hear tracks like his iconic remix of “The Fusion” by Omnia and Ira, as well as “Mandala” and “Heart On The Tree” with Skazi. Dive into the depths of psytrance, explore your mind, and more at Blastoyz’s set when he dominates the Worldwide stage on Friday.
Every time Eric Prydz hops on the decks, fans know they can expect a wide variety of sonic displays, a truckload of unreleased gems, and a purely exceptional time, as no two sets are completely alike. When you add his HOLO experience into the mix, this elevates everything times a thousand. His groundbreaking HOLO set at Ultra this year is one that absolutely must be experienced, with jaw-dropping three-dimensional visuals that are bound to blow your mind.
Prydz has taken HOLO across the world to places like Tomorrowland in Belgium, Creamfields North in the UK, and the Ziggo Dome during Amsterdam Dance Event. As he’s rarely taken this show to the US, it’s crucial that you pay him a visit when he closes out the Resistance Megastructure on Friday.
ISOxo’s swift success has been nothing short of fascinating to see. This San Diego native already has extensive support from RL Grime and label Sable Valley, as he helps usher in a new wave of trap. Releases like “REDloop,” “RADIAL” with fellow San Diego producer and SD Waterboy Knock2, and “Aarena” have catapulted his name to the surface of the bass scene. His dynamic style infuses powerful basslines, aggressive beats, and gargantuan drops as the energy remains high for the duration of his shows.
ISOxo has partnered with Brownies and Lemonade for multiple sold-out shows, including his debut headline show in LA, and he’s hopped on the decks at festivals like HARD Summer and OMFG NYE with legend Skrillex. Be sure to work him into your schedule when he lands on the Worldwide stage on Saturday for his first-ever Ultra performance.