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Published: March 16, 2011
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Bicentennial Park – Miami, Florida (March 25-27)
Ultra Music Festival
With it’s impressive and diverse lineups, it’s no wonder that the Ultra Music Festival hosted in Downtown Miami, FL, has won “Best Music Event” by the International Dance Music Awards from 2005-2011, among many others. And 2011 proves to be no different—UMF is bringing the most impressive lineup of artists ever, to Bicentennial Park from March 25-27. 

Tiesto, Deadmau5, The Chemical Brothers, and David Guetta are just a few of the headliners to take the streets of Miami by storm next week, serving up what is sure to be a super-charged and mind-blowing weekend from some of your favorite electronic artists.
What does an Ultra VIP get, you may ask? Preferred viewing of the Ultra Main Stage, a separate entrance to the festival (no wait entry), VIP bars with no lines, air-conditioned restroom trailers, seating areas with couches, exclusive fan access to bands and DJs, and UMF gift bags. A few hundred extra dollars clearly has its perks for those who want to feel like a festival superstar.
Stages & Vendors:
At this year’s UMF there will be eight different and eclectic stages throughout the festival. Yes, you read that right, eight. The Main Stage will feature headlining acts such as Tiesto, Pendulum, Deadmau5, Kaskade, Afrojack, The Chemical Brothers, David Guetta, and 
The Live Stage will host acts such as ‘new rave’ groups CSS and The Klaxons, dance/club artists Holy Ghost! and Designer Drugs, the electro duos Empire of the Sun and Crystal Castles, remix team Simian Mobile Disco, and livetronica stars The Disco Biscuits—just to name a few of the genre-jumping acts that will share this stage. 
Friday the 25th and Saturday the 26th will feature the Carl Cox & Friends Stage—with a self-explanatory title, acts besides the Barbados native Cox will include a DJ heavy house set with DJs such as Laurent Garnier, Moby, Fedde Le Grand, and Afrojack. 
On Sunday the 27th, a new stage will make its debut as part of a worldwide tour—Armin Van Buuren’s A State of Trance 500, with trance veterans like Ferry Corsten, ATB, Alex M.O.R.P.H. and Cosmic Gate.  And for those who are fans of Van Buuren’s radio show and will not be at Ultra, the five editions of the State of Trance 500 tour across five different countries will be broadcast live online.
The Tower of Ultra and the Root Society’s UMF Ibiza and UMF Brasil stages have a diverse group of house, dubstep, and club stars—with DJ acts Sidney Samson and AVICII; dubstep producers Rusko, Skream! and Benga; club bangers LA Riots; tech-funk pioneer Elite Force, and Swedish electro-house duo Dada Life.  The new UMF Korea stage, located at the Tower of Ultra, will boast an immense wall of cutting edge visuals, massive sound system and some of the world's top house music DJs and producers.
The Heineken Dome will feature ‘fidget house’ DJ Congorock; a live set from British house trio Dirty Vegas; house acts AutoErotique and Harvard Bass; and DJ duo Classixx.
Check the line-up below for a full list of artists, separated by stage and day.
There will be many beverage bars throughout the festival grounds with water, juice, soda, and mobile vendors walking around to serve drinks throughout the park. Full liquor bars will be available for those 21+ with many locations so that you don’t have to wait in line for too long.
Foods at Ultra will include gyros, pizza, burgers, fruit, and a variety of hot/cold dishes—all available at the international food market.
There will be plenty of restrooms (even separate facilities for VIP ticketholders), on-site ATM machines, and first aid and medical services if need be.
As if you could ask for more activity, Ultra traditionally has sideshow attractions, performers, international dancers, and many other entertainers throughout the festival. 
Natural Surroundings:
Located on the beautiful Biscayne Bay, Bicentennial Park hosts many large-scale events and boasts a capacity of about 45,000 people in its 29-acre location in Downtown Miami. Along with many other parks in the area, Bicentennial Park is open year-round with an average Miami temperature of 76˚F. Be sure to bring sunscreen for the hot Miami sun.
Ultra launched an on-site recycling program in 2007 and since then Ultra has been able to save Miami’s landfills from 6 tons of recyclables. Ultra For Life is an influential Non-Profit organization dedicated to uniting people in actions to protect our planet via the outlet of Music and Gathering. For the seventh consecutive year, The Ultra Music Festival proudly welcomes back the phenomenon known as “The Eco Village”. This mystical area will run both days and feature a grooving soundstage with progressive musicians from around the world, essential non-profit groups, healers and uninhibited performance artists. For the second year UMF will again take significant steps in Greening our event. Please lookout for fun and rewarding ways to participate in this important project while on the festival grounds.
New Additions to Festival:
This year, UMF has expanded for the first time to a three-day festival, as opposed to the two days in previous years. Also new to this years festival is Armin Van Buuren’s ‘A State of Trance 500’ stage, based on his internationally syndicated radio show. This event will take place on Sunday the 27th.
This will be the first year that UMF is not hosted during the same week as the Winter Music Conference in Miami due to scheduling complications between the two events.



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