The world’s biggest EDM party hits Miami this weekend for the 19th time.
Ultra Music Festival, which runs March 24-26, will feature veteran acts Afrojack, Carl Cox, David Guetta and Tiësto, as well as live headliners Ice Cube, Cypress Hill, Justice and Major Lazer.
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.