*Original Post on the New Times  – “Photo by George Martinez” When Prince decided to party like it was 1999, little did he, or anyone else for that matter, understand the significance of the year. For the purposes of his song, it was the end of the century and thus a reason to celebrate. However, for electronic dance music, it was both the culmination of a decade’s worth of the genre creeping into the mainstream and only the very beginning of a massive takeover of an industry. Conceived in 1998 and launched the following year, Ultra Music Festival just blew out the candles on its 18th birthday this past weekend. A look at the lineups that year and in 2000, when Ultra was just 7,000 people at an 11-hour rave on the beach, reveals something interesting. Despite the nearly two-decade gap and the explosion of EDM on the radio, some of the names haven’t changed. Carl Cox, John Digweed, Sasha, and — reuniting specially for Ultra — Tampa natives Rabbit in the Moon all returned in 2016. The Prodigy, another influential ’90s act, was also on the bill but had to pull out for medical reasons. Still, it all goes to Read more…

Ultra 2014 Phase one lineup announced. For those who wish to rage uncontrollably, here is your chance. Be the rave. Ultra Music Festival 2014. Friday to Sunday, March 28 to 30, 2014. Tickets cost $399.95 plus fees via ultratix.ticketfreak.com. Visit ultramusicfestival.com.