In December, Ultra Music Festival — Miami Music Week’s annual mega-conclave, attended by more than 150,000 fans last year — announced another staggering lineup for 2012.
On Friday, March 23, downtown Miami’s Bayfront Park will host Tiësto, Kraftwerk, Skrillex, Afrojack, Dada Life, Katy B, Nicky Romero, Tommy Trash, Carl Cox and New Order, to name a few.
Justice, Avicii, Fatboy Slim, Duck Sauce, M83, Laidback Luke, 2manydjs, 12th Planet, Skream + Benga, Zedd, Mord Fustang, Datsik and more are on deck for Saturday, March 24.
David Guetta, Armin Van Buuren, Kaskade, Chase and Status, Fedde Le Grand, Knife Party, John Digweed, Steve Aoki, Magnetic Man, Gareth Emery, Sander Van Doorn, Flying Lotus and SBTRKT are among the acts closing out the festival on Sunday, March 25.
The idea of catching the biggest EDM stars certainly has fans bustling (tickets are already sold out), but endearingly, the talent we spoke to seem equally super-psyched to get down to Bayfront Park.
“It is definitely the most memorable of crowds I’ve played to in my life!” Aoki told MTV News.
“The production is huuuuge, and the amount of people that come out is completely mind-blowing, Avicii told MTV News recently. “Personally, the thing that really makes UMF stand out is the lineup! Just completely insane!”
“It’s simply one of the highlights in the DJ calendar,” said trance legend Van Buuren
“It’s like visiting the Eiffel Tower in Paris, or the Opera House in Sydney. You have to go there at least once in your life!”
For Afrojack, who thanked mentor David Guetta onstage for introducing him to America during Guetta’s 2011 festival-closing set , UMF conjures fond memories.
“It’s one of the first major U.S. festivals where I got the chance to play Mainstage, which is why it will always be a special festival to me,” Afrojack told
“Combine that with Miami sunshine and a lot of friends that’ll join me there this year … I really look forward to it.”
With such a whopping collective of talent descending upon Bayfront Park this year, MTV News can confirm new music will be road-tested on UMF’s stages.
“My album comes out in January, so I’ll be debuting new remixes and tracks from Wonderland,” Aoki said.
Afrojack offered, “I will perform my new single, ’Can’t Stop Me Now,’
there, live, with Shermanology, who I did the record with. I will bring a special show this year, so I’m sure it will be rockin’!”
“I’m working on my new artist album and a new compilation,” Van Buuren revealed. “Also, I’m celebrating episode 550 of my radio show, ’A State of Trance,’ with a special live, free broadcast from Ultra. This will be big.”
Yes it will, Armin. For complete details and updates, head here.