Music & Nightlife

Timeline: The history of Ultra Music Festival in Miami

The Ultra Music Festival mainstage lights up during a performance on Friday, March 22, 2013 in downtown Miami.
The Ultra Music Festival mainstage lights up during a performance on Friday, March 22, 2013 in downtown Miami. MIAMI HERALD FILE PHOTO

Each year, ravers and revelers from across the globe flock to Miami for a musical March Madness at Ultra Music Festival.

Since the first fest’s humble beginnings on the beach, electronic dance music has evolved from underground scene to mainstream, billion-dollar industry, and Ultra has been there for it all.

Here’s a year-by-year look at the DJs, the dancers and the drug panics that put Ultra, and Miami, on the international music map.

Click here to view the interactive timeline.

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