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Ultra is a destination for EDM fans around the world. But it wasn’t always that way

Ultra Music Festival Day 2

Ultra Music Festival continued into the second day on Saturday, March 25, 2017, at Bayfront Park in Miami.
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Ultra Music Festival continued into the second day on Saturday, March 25, 2017, at Bayfront Park in Miami.

The world’s biggest EDM party hits Miami this weekend for the 20th time.

Ultra Music Festival, which runs March 23-25, will feature veteran acts Afrojack, Carl Cox, David Guetta and Tiësto, as well as The Chainsmokers, Marshmello and G-Eazy.

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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City of Miami police chief Jorge Colina and Miami commissioner Ken Russell talk about new security measures in place for the Ultra Music Festival on March 21, 2018.

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