The gates to the Ultra Music Festival in Miami were scheduled to open an hour later than originally announced on Friday (March 15), less than 24 hours after a main stage screen mishap sent four workers to the hospital.
While spokespeople for the festival could not be reached for comment at press time, the Miami Herald reported that gates were slated to open at 4 p.m. ET. Earlier in the day, a publicist for Ultra issued an update on the investigation into Thursday’s accident.
“Following last night’s incident, event organizers are on the ground working tirelessly with the Fire Department, OSHA and other regulatory authorities to ensure the festival site is absolutely safe for all festival-goers and crew,” read the release. “Ultra maintains its long-standing commitment to ensuring safety for its festival-goers and continues its preparations to open today.”
The spokesperson added at that time that two workers had been released from the hospital, but was not able to specify their conditions or the nature of their injuries. The Herald reported that portions of the massive main stage screen toppled on Thursday night and pinned two workers underneath it, with another injured by falling debris; a fourth victim was reportedly traumatized by what he witnessed during the mishap.
All three injured workers remained in local hospitals as of Friday morning. One was listed in critical condition, one in serious and one in stable, according to the paper. All were reportedly doing better by Friday afternoon, though the specifics on their injuries were not detailed.
No ticketed patrons were on site during the incident.
Among the acts on the lineup for Ultra are: Snoop Lion, Afrojack, Avicii, Calvin Harris, David Guetta, Swedish House Mafia, Deadmau5, Boys Noize and dozens of others.
Ultra organizers were expected to make the final call on whether the show will go on on the main stage Friday night, but plans called for the five other stages set up in Bayfront Park to crank up around 5 p.m. ET. The worst-case scenario would be that the shows on the side stages would go on as planned and performances by Swedish House Mafia, Afrojack and Nicky Romero and others on the main stage would be scrapped.