Ultra Music Festival 2018 has celebrated their 20th Anniversary in style. Relive some of the magical moments from sets inside! As thousands of people venture to Miami, Florida for this year’s event, thousands of people are watching UMFTV with us right here on EDM Sauce. Axwell Λ Ingrosso, DJ Snake & More.
With all of the hype surrounding a potential Swedish House Mafia or Daft Punk return for Ultra 2018, all eyes are on Ultra Miami right now. Thanks to UMFTV, we all can join in and watch this year’s Ultra with artists such as Cheat Codes, Mykris, Fedde Le Grand, Keys N Krates, Jauz, Tiesto, Marshmello, The Chainsmokers, Tchami and Malaa. Tune in to Ultra 2018 below.
Friday marked amazing sets from Raiden, Kungs, Oliver Heldens, Steve Aoki, Armin van Buuren, Hardwell and DJ Snake, as they provided Ultra’s Main Stage with much heat all day long. And to close out the night, icons Axwell Λ Ingrosso showed us what they’re made of with a stunning performance in the heart of Miami.
Other acts including Carl Cox, Virtual Self, Rezz, Flosstradamus, Slushii, NGHTMRE & Slander, and many more filled out an incredible day 1. Thank the EDM gods we have their live sets to battle all this FOMO.
Ultra Miami promises we can expect the unexpected with nonstop action, tons of IDs and special guests all weekend long — but for now, get caught up on all the best live sets so far from these dance music greats!
The 2018 Ultra Music Festival is going down in Miami and Friday (March 23), Azealia Banks hit the stage.
The Harlem rapper’s set featured a live band and background dancers. Rocking a fringed black top and knee-high heels, she powered through tracks like “Heavy Metal and Reflective” off her debut album Broke With Expensive Taste and more.
This isn’t her first time performing at the annual event. She also had a set at the showcase in 2013. Last year, Future tore down the Ultra Music Fest stage with a performance of his hit “Mask Off” with DJ Snake. The 2018 edition continues through March 25.
Banks has been making power moves recently. In February, she inked a $1 million deal with Entertainment One.
“I’m now officially signed to E1 Entertainment!!” she wrote in the caption of an Instagram post celebrating her accomplishment. “I HAVE A HOME AGAIN… I’m crying . The Industry left me out on the street like a stray dog and now I have shelter again. This is really making me cry I’m so happy and grateful and thankful for all of this and I promise I’m going to make the KUNTS so proud. Thank you guys so freaking much you don’t know how much this means to me @eone_music @williamrobillardcole.”
Chris Taylor, Global President of Music at Entertainment One, echoed her excitement saying in a statement: “We are excited to welcome Azealia to eOne, and to partner with our new superstar on this next phase of her career.”
Check out footage from Banks’ 2018 Ultra Music Festival performance below.
side from the name of the song, Slushii brought his A-game for his Ultra 2018 performance. Let us know what you think of Slushii and Ookay’s new single in the comments section below.
Unlike the last few editions, the dance music gods gave Ultra Music Festival a break this year and blessed the festival with clear skies and cool weather. And despite all the commotion about extra security, things seemed to go smoothly on the first day.
Even if you aren’t lucky enough to be part of the mass of ravers at Bayfront Park, Ultra’s live feed is proving to be quite entertaining. The festival is making a big deal out of its 20-year milestone, with presenters bringing DJs into the on-site studio to show them footage from their past Ultra sets. (Hardwell had such a baby face!) Even Ultra OG, Josh Wink, got in on the action. He performed at the very first edition in 1999.
Not that Ultra attendees today would know that. The festival also did some on-air trivia with festivalgoers. When the presenter asked two young women which acts on this year’s bill also performed back in 1999, the first woman responded with Steve Aoki — which, OK, he’s not that old but he would have been 20 back then so not completely impossible. The second woman thought about it for a second before blurting out, “Martin Garrix!” Yes, Garrix, the 21-year-old Dutch DJ, who besides not being on this year’s Ultra lineup would also have not had the mobile dexterity get behind the decks in 1999.
Cringe-worthy moments on the feed aside, here’s what New Times witnessed on the ground.
Pete Tong: Remember the Saint Pablo Tour? Kanye had it right when he put his stage above the crowd, letting the lucky fans in the pit mosh it out to their heart’s content. Ultra had a similar idea with their smaller Arcadia Spider stage: the area is tucked away from the rest of the festival fray to minimize sound bleed. The DJ booth sits about 20 feet above the crowd, still visible to the dancers yet removed. People don’t face front, ogling the DJ like they’re waiting for him to do something other than play records. They actually dance. Kind of like how clubs used to be, yeah?
Azealia Banks: Ultra attendees were still filing in by the thousands when To Jasper closed out their opening set on the Live Stage early Friday evening. They played to a slim crowd of about 50 people and could be heard thanking the crowd, “mostly because you’re all my friends and family.” The crowd had swelled to a couple thousand by the time Azealia Banks hit the stage, but it was still a criminally low turnout for a unique Ultra set in which Banks transitioned from some of the most raunchy songs in her catalogue to an a capella jazz cover of Irving Berlin’s “Blue Skies.” The crowd grew as her hour-long set progressed, but fireballs could be seen lighting up Steve Aoki’s Main Stage set just above her shoulder as her two backup dancers vogued behind her to “Bad Bitches Do It” and “Yung Rapunxel” off her promising 2014 debut Broke With Expensive Taste. Banks screamed the chorus’ ”brr-brr-brr-brrat!” refrain into a megaphone with a self-satisfied smile as the crowd in the front pit spit every word back at her. Less successful was her cover of Berlin, on which Banks’ sweet vocals shone, but save for a few snaps in the air the crowd was ready for her beats to compete with the ones echoing from Aoki and the adjacent UMF Radio stage.
Fischerspooner: If you’re wondering whatever happened to the lost art of the costume change, don’t worry: Fischerspooner are keeping it alive and well. At the beginning of their set, frontman Casey Spooner emerged wearing a glitter-covered black duster. He threw it away. Then he took off his black robe. Then he ripped off his white t-shirt. And then the leather pants came off, revealing stirrups and patent leather thigh-high boots! And he accessorized it with a woolen cape! And then he abandoned all that and was just dancing flamenco shirtless in a gown-length skirt!
Empire of the Sun: Almost ten years onward from their debut album Walking on a Dream, Empire of the Sun reminded Ultra attendees last night why their brand of theatrical synth-power-pop has remained perennially popular. Joined by drummer Olly Peacock on drums for their live performance, the duo, comprised of singer-guitarist Luke Steele and guitarist Ian Ball, played a career-spanning set accompanied by visuals and spectacle befitting of the intrigue posed by their album art and imagery. The band was flanked by four dancers, whose costume changes – ranging from anthropomorphic plant creatures to pink Valkyries – kept things lively while psychedelic visuals unfolded onscreen.
John Digweed & Sasha: When it comes to performing at Ultra, John Digweed & Sasha have earned the freedom to do whatever they want. Over the course of their involvement with Miami’s most high-profile festival, the two electronic titans have rightfully remained a constant presence, repeatedly topping the festival’s lineups even as electronic and dance culture have undergone several sea changes.
Rezz: Green and blue lights emanating from Rezz’s LED light-up shades were all that could be seen bobbing up and down in the darkness above the booth at her penultimate set at the Ultra Worldwide Stage. Red backlights caught flashing glimpses of her ponytail swinging wildly to the tempo of her punishing dubstep beats.
When you’re talking about major festivals in North America, there is no denying that Ultra Music Festival is one of the top ones to attend if you’re looking for a stacked lineup. Each year, electronic music lovers from all over the world descend upon Miami to party at both Ultra and Miami Music Week as well.
This year for Ultra Music Festival was something special, though, as they celebrated an epic 20th Anniversary in style. Bringing in some artists that have graced the stage over the past two decades along with some fresh faces too, we couldn’t help but be blown away by the sets that were played over the weekend.