MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Are you ready for the Ultra Music Festival? The annual outdoor electronic music festival, now in its 21st year, takes place this weekend at the historic Virginia Key Beach Park & Miami Marine Stadium.
It’s the pounding, mega electronic dance music festival that makes up one of Miami’s premier events and this weekend it’s a got a brand new home.
Following it’s ousting from Bayfront Park organizers and the City were eager to show off the new digs.
“This is the first year we do it, it’s an iconic venue space, we have spent in the city millions of dollars to make it an event space,” said Miami Mayor Francis Suarez.
Millions went into everything from alleviating concerns about noise levels for neighbors stretching in Brickell to the potential environmental impacts.
There are fences to cut off access to beach areas to protects sensitive wetlands and marine life.
There were serious logistics to hammer out, there’s no parking, 230 buses are being used to move people in and out in the hope that it will reduce traffic.
The mayor says the city will also have 500 police officers on site for the event, more than the number that patrol the entire city on any given day.
“Even though we have the Marlins opening tomorrow, we have the winter music fest that’s gonna impact areas of downtown and Wynwood, we’ll be ready, said Manuel Morales, Chief of Field Operations for Miami Police.
Organizers say the new venue will permit an extended operating time until 2 a.m. They say fans will experience in-tandem staging at both Virginia Key Beach Park and Miami Marine Stadium.
Tickets for the event run from $399 for general admission for the three days to $1,499.95 for a VIP ticket.
The festival was founded in 1999 and is named after the 1997 Depeche Mode album.
Click here to see the list of DJs and performers at this year’s festival.
Festival organizers say they expect fans from over 100 countries.
If you are going, here is what you will be allowed to bring:
Hydration packs that are not backpacks (empty upon entry)
Bags made of clear plastic, clear vinyl, or clear PVC (not exceeding 13”x17”)
One-gallon clear, plastic zip-top bag
Small clutch bags, approximately the size of a hand, with or without a handle or strap is allowed
Sunglasses and hats
Illuminated or glowing jewelry or costumes
Sealed packs of cigarettes upon entry
Action cameras, such as GoPro’s
Regarding action cameras – yes to strap headwear or non-extendable handles
Flags and banners (no corporate or company branding; no hard poles)
Feminine products (sealed upon entry)
Prescription medication (you must have the prescription/label in your name with you)
No illegal or illicit substances, drugs, or drug paraphernalia
No weapons of any kind including, but not limited to, pocket knives and self defense sprays
No flammable items or liquids including aerosols and fireworks
No markers, pens or spray paint
No backpacks, purses, or bags allowed except bags made of clear plastic, clear vinyl, or clear PVC not exceeding 13”x17”
No stuffed animals
No facial masks
No outside food or beverage including alcohol
No bottles, cans, canteens, flasks, or coolers
No opened over-the-counter medication or eye drops
No opened packs of cigarettes or tampons
No pacifiers or glow sticks
No balloons, balls, inflatable balls, frisbees or flying disks
No umbrellas, chairs, blankets, sleeping bags or tents
No bicycles, skateboards, hover-boards, scooters, or personal motorized vehicles
No drones or unmanned aerial vehicles
No animals except for service animals assisting an individual with a disability. “Comfort,” “therapy” or “emotional support” animals do not meet the definition of a service animal and are not permitted entry to the Event.
No large chains, chained wallets or spiked jewelry
No laser pens, laser pointers, or similar focused light devices
No water guns, squirt guns, spray bottles or misters
No musical instruments, noisemakers or air horns
No professional cameras, flash cameras or video and audio recording equipment, or camera poles
No poles, sticks, or “totems”
No confetti, streamers or loose glitter (wearable cosmetics are acceptable)
Additional items may be prohibited at the discretion of law enforcement or security officials.
Click here for more information about the event.