Arrests, Injuries Mark Ultra Music Festival
Miami’s Ultra Music Festival came under scrutiny in February when a lawsuit was levied on the popular EDM festival following a stage collapse. Now, this year’s edition is also tainted in arrests and injuries.
The Miami Herald is reporting that a total of 22 people were arrested during the first day of Ultra, including 15 people who were charged with felonies. In addition to the arrests, a security guard was trampled after dozens of attendees stormed the gates prior to the festival. The guard, 28, suffered severe brain hemorrhaging and a broken leg and is listed in “extremely critical” condition.
Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado said in a statement that the festival “acted irresponsibly” and that “I think we should not have Ultra here next year.”
As if the travesties on day one weren’t enough, day two topped it with 33 arrests, with 13 coming in the form of felonies. Last year, with the festival featuring two weekends of music, police arrested a total of 167 people, prompting the move back to just one weekend.
Ultra, in its 16th year, may need to find a new home next year according to city officials, as City Commissioner Marc Sarnoff said, “It is time for Ultra to go away. We have always talked about people getting trampled and now it happened.”