Ultra was supposed to take place from March 20-22 at Miami’s Bayfront Park. The capacity for the event is 55,000 attendees per day. Major Lazer, Flume, Sofi Tukker, Above & Beyond were among the many artists who were scheduled to perform.
According to the Herald, on Wednesday morning, Miami Mayor Francis Suarez, Commissioner Joe Carollo, City Manager Art Noriega met with festival officials to discuss postponing the event. The report also says that it may be pushed back until 2021. In a video, Carollo said that “We’re not saying ‘canceling.’ We’re saying ‘suspending to a later date when we have a better idea where we’re heading with the coronavirus.’”
Following the meeting, Suarez and Carollo said to area reporters that they reached a resolution with Ultra, but that nothing official would be announced until Friday.
“We completely understand how extremely frustrating this is because so many of you are looking forward to coming to Ultra, having already made travel arrangements. This is, however, an unprecedented issue which is not being taken lightly, and we must continue to defer to the authorities for guidance. Ultimately, there is no higher priority for us than the health, safety and physical well-being of each of you, together with everyone else involved in the production of the event,” a note on the festival’s website read.
Founded in 1999 by Russell Faibisch and Alex Omes, Ultra is named after the 1997 Depeche Mode album, Ultra. Over the years, it has become one of the most renowned electronic music events and has expanded with festivals worldwide.