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Ultra Music Festival Celebrates 15th Anniversary With Second 2013 Weekend

The massive Miami electro festival will take place over two weekends on March 15-17 and March 22-24 to celebrate its 15th anniversary

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Ultra Music Festival has been granted permission to hold a second weekend this year on March 22-24.

Last week, The Miami City Commission decided that Ultra could hold two weekends to celebrate their 15th anniversary.

The permission was granted provided a set of strict guidelines are met, including a $500,000 payment to the City for police and fire services.

An Ultra spokesman thanked everyone involved in the festival for all their hard work in a statement on their website, saying: “We’re extremely excited about the double-weekend celebration that will take place at the world’s most beautiful event location, Bayfront Park & Biscayne Blvd, in the heart of the Magic City, Downtown Miami.

At the meeting, Ultra representative Brian May argued that the festival is important to the city’s ‘brand’ and provides economic uplift to downtown businesses including hotels and restaurants.

Before the decision, City of Miami Commissioner Marc Sarnoff voiced concerns about the plan, comparing the festival to a “Woodstock in the centre of the city“.

Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado also objected to a second weekend, saying: “We understand we have to accommodate all festivals, but two weekends with street closures would collapse downtown.

Plus, people complain about the kids.

It is predicted that 300,000 people will attend the festival over its six days in 2013, generating $150 million for the local economy.

Acts announced for this year include Afrojack, Bassnectar, Boys Noize, Calvin Harris, Crystal Castles, David Guetta, Deadmau5, Hot Chip, Kaskade, Knife Party, Swedish House Mafia, Tiesto, and Yeasayer…with more still to be announced!

Tickets are available from $299.95 at ultramusicfestival.com.

Check out the full statement from Ultra below:

Yes, it’s all systems go and we are moving full steam ahead!!! ULTRA Music Festival will make history in 2013 as the world’s first ever ELECTRONIC music festival to take place over two weekends on March 15-17 and March 22-24 in celebration of our 15 year anniversary.

We appreciate the incredible support of the City of Miami Commission, Mayor, Bayfront Park Management Trust, and Fire and Police Departments, as together we have implemented a logistical plan that addresses everyone’s concerns, including those of local residents and businesses, allowing us to move forward and focus on producing the first rate, world class event ULTRA has become.

We’re extremely excited about the double-weekend celebration that will take place at the world’s most beautiful event location, Bayfront Park & Biscayne Blvd, in the heart of the Magic City, Downtown Miami.

As we enter our 15th year, and approach a complete SELL OUT of all 330,000 available tickets, those of you lucky enough to attend can expect ULTRA’s strongest and most diverse lineup to date, with an unparalleled level of production never before seen at a festival of this magnitude. As has become our signature, ticket holders can expect a wide array of surprises, including the possibility of unannounced mega artist appearances!

ULTRA Music Festival is proud to be the World’s Premier Electronic Music Festival, and we would like to thank all of the artists, managers, agents and most importantly, THE FANS, who have contributed to making ULTRA a focal point of the strongest musical and cultural movement on earth. ULTRA 15… HERE WE GO!!!

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