Ultra Music Festival Announces Cancellation for 2021

For the second year in a row, the Ultra Music Festival has announced that it will cancel the outdoor electronic music festival due to COVID-19 concerns, according to a letter obtained by Billboard Magazine.

With the COVID-19 pandemic raging in Florida, organizers of the long-running three-day music festival hadn’t  formally released a 2021 lineup  for the downtown Miami-based festival. In the letter obtained by Billboard Magazine, festival organizers have plans to cancel the 2021 event and requested that the City of Miami approve a permit for 2022 before they will officially announce dates in 2022.

Considered one of the innovators in the mega festival arena, the annual event has had its share of controversies with the City of Miami, with a location change to Virginia Key in 2019 since its first groundbreaking festival in 1999. The 22-year old electronic dance music festival draws a worldwide audience of 50,000 to Miami annually.

Organizers of Ultra hope that the event can return to Miami’s Bayfront park in March 25-27, 2022, pending an agreement with the city.

Ultra. 📷: Brian Hensley

There are other festivals scheduled for 2021 which haven’t been cancelled, yet. Coachella 2021 is scheduled for an April 9 kickoff, and EDC Las Vegas is scheduled for the following month in May. Bonnaroo, the Manchester, Tennessee-based music festival is set to take place on September 2-5.

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