Ultra Music Fest 2011 Recap

by Pete Tremblay

Amid the controversy of the split between Winter Music Conference and Ultra Music Festival in 2011, there were many that didn’t know what to expect when the end of March came around. With so much at stake, and the political and economical climate of the world of EDM in complete upheaval and indecision – the implications and weight of this weekend could either sink Ultra Music festival amongst the true believers, or climb to the top of the mountain to take claim at a world without a true leader or flagship identity. 

We get wrapped up in the revelry of these headlines and blogs and tweets wondering who did what to who and why, and than suddenly - it’s that day March 25,2011. As you approach Bicentennial Park and feel the bass drop at 120 BPM, the cadence that you’ve syncopated to the beat, makes even getting heckled for $5 waters a positive part of the experience. You nearly trip over that candy raver with a miniature Darth Vader hanging from her pleather backpack, you walk through the gate - it opens up to you like an old friend that you haven’t seen in a while. From that point on nothing else matters but the music – not the $15 pizza, or $10 drinks, its all part of it, and we are thankful for the chance to be consume it; The fact of the matter is you’ve made it.

Ultra - this very event is the reason that you’ve spent the $500 on the 3 day VIP ticket and food package, and drove 13 hours across state lines when gas is $4.00 a gallon.  We are here for the same reason we came last year and the year before – to have our favorite artists melt our collective brains and entice us to ask for seconds.

The crowed was jovial, growing exponentially with each passing hour, until the capacity crowd swayed and stomped and moved with every imaginable expression and interpretation of what the music feels and possesses them to do. It doesn’t matter if you are there to see Carl Cox, Moby, Royksopp, The Klaxons, Teisto, or Duran Duran, the reason is the music, and what it makes us feel, together.

Ultra 2011, is a complete success. It sold out for a reason, and not matter what undeniable drama will emerge in the coming year and summer season, the truth is that, it doesn’t really matter. If the artists will keep touring and both Ultra and WMC continue happening, we will keep coming, and we will keep feeling the music, live and in person.  

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