Ultra Music Festival has terminated its license with the City of Miami.

In an open letter posted on Twitter, Ultra stated, “After listening to feedback from many of you (including over 20,000 fans who took our post-event survey) it is clear that the festival experience on Virginia Key was simply not good enough.”

This comes after a rocky 2019 in the new location on Virginia Key. The Key proved to be a logistical challenge as there was only one stretch of highway to get in and out. Additionally, Ultra’s new shuttle service to get attendees to and from the festival was underprepared on the first day. This caused a mass exodus of festivalgoers to walk the 2.5 mile-long Rickenbacker Causeway during the early hours. Though environmental damage was minimal, The Miami Hearld reported that the noise from the festival caused some University of Miami research fish stress. 

Ultra ended the letter on a promising note: “We are now finalizing a new South Florida location that will serve as an incredible and permanent home for Ultra Music Festival.”

This will be the second venue change for Ultra in two years after city commissioners forced Ultra out of their long claimed home in Bayfront Park. While the new venue is still a secret, The Miami Herald reported that a source familiar in the negotiations said it could be in Homestead, a city approximately 35 miles south of Bayfront Park. After 21 years in Miami, Ultra is saying adios. 

We will continue to post any new updates concerning Ultra 2020.