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Ultra Music Festival is this weekend — Here’s a history lesson

Fans arrive at the gates Ultra Music Festival 2015

EDM fans from all over the world arrived for the first day of the Ultra Music Festival at Bayfront Park in Downtown Miami on March 27, 2015.
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EDM fans from all over the world arrived for the first day of the Ultra Music Festival at Bayfront Park in Downtown Miami on March 27, 2015.

The world’s biggest EDM party hits Miami this weekend for the 18th time.

Ultra Music Festival, which runs March 18-20, will feature veteran acts Afrojack, Avicii, Carl Cox and Deadmau5.

The festival, which started as a satellite event during Winter Music Conference, has become a destination for music fans from all over the world.

From its humble beginnings as an 11-hour rave on the beach in 1999 to its massive 2013 double weekend, Ultra is chock-full of great stories.

Like, remember the time Miami’s mayor tried to shut down Ultra in 2003? (The reason: drugs.) What about the time a Miami commissioner tried to shut it down in 2014? (The reason: drugs again.)

Before you grab your glowsticks and bikini top, respect the ravers who came before you by taking a moment to reflect on just how far Ultra’s come with this festival timeline.

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