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Published: 2014/03/30

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.”

Comments

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EDM sux March 30, 2014, 13:31:49

Nothing good can come out of this type of noise.

spikenyc March 30, 2014, 14:12:49

Once again “Who Fucking Cares?”!!!
Isnt this “jamBANDS.com” ?
Did any of the so-called artists at this festival actually play an
instrument?
Please stop reporting on this type of crap!

darrylc March 30, 2014, 14:28:58

jambands website reporting on EDM sh*t??? – r u outta ur mind??

well March 30, 2014, 15:34:42

please tell that to Jam On radio station. They seem to think electronic music is jam music.

joe March 30, 2014, 17:30:16

it sucks that so many “jam” bands are goin the EDM way any you old cats remember the rave scene in the ninties, it was pretty hype, house, and jungle, etc. and not its trap, and dub, same shit, diff. name. REMEMBER HOW SILLY THOSE PEOPLE FELT 5 YEARS LATER, showing them pics. with pacifers in their mouths, all candied out. or worse, in the south, it was all “gansta raver”.
either way, its like we are living the late 80s early 90s over again. NIRVANA was to the 90s what GNR was tot he 80s.
but what do we have now? dick squat.

Roose March 30, 2014, 18:13:11

moving it to this venue was always a bad idea. It has outgrown downtown Miami, I think this was obvious last year. Ultra should not be the focus of WMC. Too big to care…

John March 30, 2014, 19:57:30

Tangerine Dream was the original EDM band. They all played synth until the end of the show. Then Edgar broke out the guitars and shredded our brains. These kids could learn a lot from that paradigm . I think it’s cool that you are reporting on stuff that we could easily come in contact with. This is jam bands forum not olde timey bluegrass .

Kramer March 30, 2014, 23:24:16

Duh. What a waste of space and time and focus these kids are. Self involved assholes. I hope all this EDM crap goes away soon. Eventually they’re all gonna OD or get attested anyway right? Even at Bonnaroo at 4am I can’t dig it. And it’s the fans more than the music, tho it sucks. The selfish disrespectful worthless assholes don’t care about anything but their bag.

SHM Curly March 30, 2014, 23:46:01

City should look into last years mainstage collapse (unsafe rigging, no UMF tech supervision, no engineering documents from SHM) and the mainstage Roof fire and subsequent fist fight (UMF and SHM telling the fire marshal to fuck off in front of 100 people after the FM stopped the remaining fireworks) and ask UMF what else they’re covering up. Ask any stagehand that works that show and they’ll tell you what a dangerous place it is. Maybe Lt. Carroll is buddies with UMF and let’s lots of things slide.

buddy March 31, 2014, 00:07:52

you all sound like a bunch of crotchety old men (im over 40, BTW)
EDM, while maybe not everyone’s cup of tea, is firstly- music, secondly- if you all got your heads out of you asses, you’d notice that EDM has a transcendental quality to it, just like the GOGD, phish, WSP,etc. Transcendental, moves your mind, transports you, and gets people off. why hasrsh or complain? don’t click on a damn link just to bitch- as I’m sure you’ve felt about many things in your lives-
what’s funny is that most musicians who create the music we all love and listen to (jambands) listen to anyhthing BUT Jambands- and a lot prolly listen to EDM-
anyone complaining ought to be ashamed of being so closed minded- Jamming is not defined statically – it’s different things to different people.

MarZaPhiGar March 31, 2014, 00:20:48

Exremely Dumb Motherfuckers.

That's it? March 31, 2014, 07:22:08

I figured way more would have been arrested.
The felony part is pretty obvious though, it’s silly for this site to emphasize it. Of course those people were charged wtih felonies, they all “need molly” to have a good time with that shitty music. Probably a good thing they are moving the festival, as the droogs are run by work crews of gangbangers inside the fest.

kip March 31, 2014, 09:57:15

The MRI I had on my brain Friday morning sounded better than this garbage.

kip March 31, 2014, 09:57:18

The MRI I had on my brain Friday morning sounded better than this garbage.

Lucky March 31, 2014, 10:28:24

We already know ravers are a joke. Stick to jambands guys!

jpdubs March 31, 2014, 12:28:49

Idiots galore on this comment section – anyone remember the Phish show in 1996 Red Rocks. Riots. How about the Rolling Stones at Altamont in 1969. Deaths. You guys think Phish shouldn’t be allowed to play large venues? I doubt that. Learn some history about music before commenting. And if you think Ultra should be shut down say the same thing about Phish and WSP. And if not, STFU.

Wqsb April 2, 2014, 22:05:16

How can people who love music diss a whole genre? Getting down to drum solos reminds me a lot of drum and bass edm! Everyone on here sounds like my mother in law who doesn’t understand how anyone could listen to anything but pop radio. Same crap! Not all jambands are good and not all edm is either…...but there are also many wonderful bands and djs. In my twenties is was jambands and now it’s this, both have followers who just love music…..and both have some who just love the drugs.

JB April 7, 2014, 11:25:09

No one died at Red Rocks 96 Phish shows.
You might want to take your own advice here genius.

timmy April 10, 2014, 09:24:28

There is nothing new about electronic music. You can trace the “scene” back to the 80’s, and even further. I’d say it started with Lee Scratch Perry and the reggae dub music of the 70’s. My point is, there’s plenty of great “electronic” music and artists out there. However, the criticism is with the modern EDM “scene” that is complete shit. Not every single young person is a spun out d-bag, but many are. They infect festivals with their awful scene. They attract human scum also known as narcotic peddlers, and the violence and undercover cops that go with that. They think their music and scene is superior to all others, and look down on other genres of music like bluegrass or blues. Like, how could anyone enjoy a show that doesn’t have throbbing bass and molly? Karma is a bitch, and having a fest in sketchy downtown Miami, right next to a drug dealers paradise is a recipe for disaster, as they prove over and over again.

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