The annual Ultra Music Festival has been giving people an excuse to party since its inaugural Festival in 1999 on the picturesque sands of Miami Beach. The past seventeen years have allowed the Ultra Music Festival to bring people hundreds of electron dance music’s most iconic DJ’s who have mesmerized audiences across the globe. The festival is coming back to South Africa in 2016 and we are here to give you all of the info and details so you can be prepared to party in 2016. If you don’t already have your Ultra South Africa tickets yet then keep reading to get the lowdown on exactly what is happening and what you can expect at Ultra South Africa 2016.
The history of the Ultra Music Festival
The ULTRA brand as we know it today was launched in South Florida by Russell Faibisch who is the Executive Producer, President and CEO of the ULTRA brand. Now the Ultra Music Festival is the only independent electronic music festival brand on the planet and have managed to bring over 165,000 music enthusiasts to the heart of the City of Miami in the form of a sold out waterfront event. This recipe was used around the world and Ultra music festivals now take place in countries like Japan, Bolivia and of course, South Africa.
This unique vision of a love for music has allowed the festival to become the world’s biggest and most successful remaining independent electronic music festival. The Ultra brand continues to bring people together with an unrivalled, ever-growing number of party locations and fans all over the globe. 2015 saw 19 countries on five contents experiencing the Ultra dance revolution.
If that wasn’t impressive enough, the ULTRA brand pioneered a live streaming experience celled ‘ULTRA LIVE’. This streaming platform broadcasts the Ultra festivals to 20 million unique viewer across the globe. Then there’s the audio broadcasting service called ‘UMF RADIO’ that broadcasts the Ultra experience to 22 million listeners in 42 countries.
History of ULTRA South Africa
The first Ultra South Africa took place in February 2014 in both Cape Town and Johannesburg. There we 40,000 people that attended the event and they were wowed by massive international EDM DJ’s like Tiësto, Nicky Romero and Afrojack. These Dj’s were supported by local acts including DJs Fresh, Euphonik and Gold Fish. In total, there were nine international and over 100 local acts in total that played across multiple stages over twelve hours in each city.
2015 saw 50,000 people attending the event and there was a different selection of local and international artists taking to the stage. It should also be noted that this festival saw some of the world’s biggest and most advanced production equipment ever used.
Ultra South Africa 2016
Ultra 2016 South Africa will take place in both Johannesburg and Cape Town. The full list of performers has been confirmed and they are as follows:
Skrillex, Zedd, Tiësto and Afrojack will be headlining both events. These are four of the biggest names in dance music at the moment so your ears better get ready for some insane beats. These names will be supported by EDM heavyweight Carnage, Mr. Carmack, who is playing his first ever ULTRA fest, and local heroes Goldfish and TiMO ODV. There will also be 5FM resident DJ’s and local heroes Fresh and Euphonic tearing up the decks.
Now that you have seen this amazing list of performances, don’t you think it’s time to pick up your Ultra South Africa tickets?
Ultra Johannesburg 2016
Johannesburg’s leg of Ultra South Africa 2016 will have three stages. There will be the main stage and then the Soul Candi Live Stage on the Friday, this will be transformed into the RESISTANCE® Stage on the Saturday and the 5FM Live Loud Stage.
Soul Candi is a record label that started out selling vinyl records in 2001 and have become the leading voice in South African house music. Soul Candi have helped massive artists such as Crazy White Boy, DJ Fresh and Euphonik to break into the music scene. This will be their 15th year running so you can be sure that the Soul Candi brand will pull out all the stops. The 5FM Live Loud Stage will feature 5fm’s best DJ’s and club acts during the two-day festival.
Ultra Music Festival Cape Town 2016
The Cape Town leg of Ultra South Africa 2016 will follow a similar setup to Johannesburg’s leg, but there will be two stages. There will be the main stage and then a complimentary stage that will begin as the Strange Loving stage on day one and then it will transform into the Soul Candi stage as with Johannesburg’s leg.
Strange Loving has seen a massive growth in reputation over the last few years, they have thrown some of the most amazing dance parties in South Africa, here you will find the likes of of David August, Soul Clap and Marek Hemmann mixing beats till the early morning.
Ultra South Africa tickets
Unfortunately, the early bird Ultra Fest tickets have already been sold out so if you want to experience this amazing annual event firsts hand then you had better buy your tickets as soon as possible.
Regular, Advance, VIP and VVIP tickets are now on sale for Johannesburg and Cape Town. The details are as follows:
Friday the 26th of Feb & Saturday the 27th of Feb at the Nasrec Expo Centre in Johannesburg.
GA Advance : R1250, GA Regular: R1500, VIP Advance: R2000, VIP Regular: R2500, VVIP Advance: R4000, VVIP Regular: R5000
Cape Town details
Saturday the 27th of Feb and Sunday the 28th of Feb at the West Coast Ostrich Ranch in Cape Town.
GA Advance: R1000, GA Regular: R1250, VIP Advance: R1500, VIP Regular: R2000
For real-time updates on artists, tickets and camping, please make sure that you follow ULTRA SA on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/UltraSouthAfrica) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/ultrasa). If you haven’t done so yet then make sure to check out the stunning 2015 Official Aftermovie.
Previously the festival didn’t allow camping but Cape town Camping is now possible due to the next venue. Accommodation in Cape Town won’t be an issue as you will be able to camp at the picturesque West Coast Ostrich Ranch across the two days. For more information on camping Cape Town and to book online, head to the Heartbreak Motels website.
For accommodation in Johannesburg you will have to find a venue that is close to the festival to have an enjoyable experience. There are a number of decently prices accommodation options ranging from cheap and cheerful to all out luxury. Your pocket will decide. Here are some examples on accommodation in Johannesburg.
If you have a love for EDM and you want to get your dancing shoes on, then the Ultra Music Festival is definitely not to be missed! Remember, you can find some of the best deals on Ultra South Africa tickets on Junk Mail! Selling your Ultra Fest tickets? Place your FREE Ad on Junk Mail now!