Ultra Music Festival celebrated its 20th anniversary this past weekend with performances from Swedish House Mafia, Virtual Self, The Chainsmokers and more. 

It seemed to go off without a hitch, however, there was a gun-related incident that was luckily avoided thanks to Ultra’s determination to provide a safe weekend for attendees. On an Instagram post over the weekend, a man named Rayne Russell posted a photo holding a high-powered rifle. There was also an additional handgun with a silencer on the table next to him. He traveled to Miami from Jamaica for the festival and was posing with a family member’s legally-owned firearms.

Russell captioned the photo “Ready for the weekend.” His hashtags included “#tgif,” “#ultramusicfestival” and “#mmw2018.”  Ultra’s security team quickly noticed the post and alerted authorities.


Police quickly tracked down Rayne, who was taken into custody and question. Authorities determined that Russell posed no credible threat; he was said to be released following the event on Sunday. 

Ray Martinez, head of Ultra’s security team, recalled October 2017’s Las Vegas massacre in relatoin to the incident.

“Really? Right after the Vegas incident happened? We met together with the Miami Police Department and started our planning right from that moment and looked at the lessons learned — what you can learn from those incidences.”

Ultra put a number of security measures in place to keep attendees out of harm this year. The festival took place March 23-25 in Miami, Florida’s Bayfront Park.

(Dancing Astronaut)