With the growing popularity of the Electronic Dance Music (EDM) genre, Electronic music festivals are beginning to pop up all over the country and around the world. However, city officials are starting to crack down on the illegal activity and the general craziness that takes place at these music festivals, and Ultra Music Festival has had its fair share of backlash.


Based in Miami, Fla., Ultra Music Festival celebrated 15 years of electronic music this March. Miami city officials, however, were looking to change that after some of the security breaches that happened during this year’s event, as well as the havoc that generally follows music festivals of this magnitude. Officials had enough after a security guard was nearly killed after being trampled, and they sought to shut down the festival and cause them to move their venue elsewhere.


However, the city council’s efforts did not come to fruition; Ultra Music Festival will still be taking place in downtown Miami. Partially because of a contract that allowed Ultra to have their venue in downtown Miami until 2018, as well as the massive revenue that the music festival generates, the music festival is here to stay — at least for now.


Ultra organizers stated on Facebook their elation to the city council allowing them to stay in Miami: “we are pleased with today’s decision by the City of Miami Commission to continue our long-standing tradition of producing the Ultra Music Festival in downtown Miami.”


Following the victory to keep their U.S. music festival in Florida, Ultra is now setting their sites across the ocean to Europe where they are going to be hosting a three day “destination” music festival in Split, Croatia on July 11, 12, and 13.


Perhaps a burning question in some fans’ minds is whether or not this means there will be a battle of city officials clamoring to relocate the venue in Croatia — or any of the other eight locations around the world where the event is held. There does not seem to be any murmurs going on in the Ultra atmosphere to suggest there would be a problem, but there is still time for one to come to the foreground.


Ultra Music Festival 2014

Last week, amid the celebration of their victory to stay in downtown Miami, Ultra released a teaser trailer of their upcoming festival in Croatia, and it looks bigger and better than ever.


On Ultra’s web site, they boast the talent and production that their music festival will produce in Croatia:

“Ultra’s unparalleled combination of production quality and talent made for a festival experience unlike anything ever seen before in Croatia. Now we are gearing up to return to Croatia, as plans are already underway to create an even greater experience.”


Headliners include big names like AfroJack, David Guetta, Steve Aoki, and Tiësto, as well as smaller acts who have been gaining acclaim, such as Example, Knife Party, Pretty Lights, and other great groups.


If you would like to buy tickets to their European festival in Croatia, check out their web site. Split, Croatia is not the only international hot spot for this music festival. Ultra will be in other places, such as Korea on June 13 and 14, and Japan on September 27 and 28!


Are you going to the Ultra Music Festival in Florida, Europe, or any of the other Ultra locations? Have you gone in the past? Let me know in the comments below or tweet me @kateeb790!