MIAMI (CBS4/The Miami Herald) – Ultra Music Festival has become one of the most popular events in the City of Miami, but going to the event in 2014 will cost some people close to $500.

The numbers were crunched by CBS4 news partner, The Miami Herald.

Ultra 2014 is scheduled for March 28-30.

The early-bird $149.95 tickets sold out in four minutes after their release in May, according to the paper.

Also, the paper found the advanced tickets for $274.95 were gone 20 minutes later.

The remaining tickets are selling at $399.95 each and with service charges and shipping the total comes to $504.95.

VIP tickets will cost $849.95.

Social media posts are growing on the event.

“I’ve been to UMF Miami five times,” Matthew Agramonte, of Kendall posted and the paper reported. “Next year, I won’t be going. Ultra is isolating its fan base that simply can’t afford outrageous prices. What was once a great experience is a ripoff and a great shame.”

Another fan Tweeted: “I would rather rent a house with all my friends and go to EDC [Electric Daisy Carnival, $155 plus fees, Nov. 8-9] in Orlando than spend $500 on an Ultra ticket.”

Other fans will grudgingly fork over the case. “You pay for what you get,” said Florida A&M senior Christina Taylor. “It’s a lot, but the experience is also amazing.”

The paper reported Ultra representatives have not responded to inquiries about the prices, but did issue a statement that pointed out ticket costs have remained stable for two years and cited city fees as a key driver for the price increase.

“To ensure the premium quality and evolution of Ultra’s groundbreaking stage productions and artist lineups, while continuing to meet the ever increasing financial demands of city related expenses associated with producing this massive festival in the heart of an urban metropolis, this price increase was unfortunately necessary,” the statement read.

Unlike 2013, a second week of Ultra has not been scheduled thus far.

(©2013 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. CBS4 news partner The Miami Herald contributed material for this report.)


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