No need to stress any further Fest Fam. Ultra Music Festival will return in 2015. An announcement was made today via the festival’s official Facebook page.
The city unanimously voted in 4-1 in favor of keeping the annual festival in downtown Miami, Florida. This comes as amazing news for electronic dance music fans around the world, as the event has become one of the most renowned EDM festivals on the entire planet. Each year, Ultra Music Festival creates 1,800 jobs and over $80 million in economic impact over the course of the three day weekend.
The festival was surrounded by controversy following the 2014 event after numerous security issues prompted city officials to investigate procedures put in place by the UMF team. City Commisioner Marc Sarnoff expressed these concerns directly prompting a series of hearings focused on amending these concerns.
Responding to these issues, Ultra announced soon-to-be retired Miami Beach Police Chief Raymond Martinez as the new Director of Security in addition to new protocol. Festival organizers have agreed to new measures that will be implemented in 2015 including:
- Double G8 Fencing
- Increased Police Presence
- Zero Tolerance Drug Policy
The new contract agreed upon by both Ultra Music Festival and City Commissioners will see the festival continue through 2019.