Miami's Ultra Music Festival reveals 'Phase 1' of its biggest line-up yet

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Over three days in March 2011, over 150,000 up-for-it revellers descended on Bicentennial Park in downtown Miami for Ultra Music Festival. Those immense numbers were drawn by one of the most bombastic dance music line-ups you’ll find anywhere in the world, with six stages thoroughly rammed from start to finish.

In 2012, though, the festival is out to one-up itself, relocating to its former home of Bayfront Park to allow for an increased capacity and a ‘prime waterfront location’. The festival has also announced the dates – 23 to 25 March – and the ‘phase one’ line-up. Needless to say, it’s a big one.

At the top of the bill are the world’s most bankable DJs Tiesto, David Guetta and Armin van Buuren (who’s celebrating A State Of Trance 550 on his own stage), with Ultra’s deep pockets also allowing for the legendary double-header of New Order and Kraftwerk.

North America’s love of all things bass-heavy is well-served by Skrillex, Bassnectar, Chase & Status and Pretty Lights to name but a few, while on Saturday night the headline honours fall to Justice in live mode and certified superstar Avicii. The ‘Ultra Mega Structure’ is back again, hosted by Carl Cox and Friends on Friday, Sven Vath’s Cocoon crew on Saturday and Armin’s ASOT 500 on Sunday.

As ever, the bulk of Ultra’s drawcards are exclusive to the festival, although some of those acts will also appear at ‘official Ultra-affiliated’ events during Miami Music Week.

Friday, March 23
Tiësto, Kraftwerk, Carl Cox, Skrillex, Afrojack, Miike Snow, Pretty Lights, New Order, Groove Armada (DJ set), Dirty South, Loco Dice, A-Trak, Dada Life, Porter Robinson, Neon Indian, Jack Beats, Chris Lake, Michael Woods, Nicky Romero, Tommy Trash, Katy B, DJ Icey, the Knocks, Afrobeta, Jon Rundell

Saturday, March 24
Avicii, Justice (live), Fatboy Slim, Duck Sauce, M83, Sven Vath, Carl Cox, Laidback Luke, 2manydjs, Flux Pavillion, Borgore, Doctor P, Metronomy, Little Dragon, Hardwell, Datsik, Andy C, Zeds Dead, 12th Planet, Magda, Skream! + Benga, Zedd, Mord Fustang, Cedric Gervais, Netsky, High Contrast, Mt. Eden, Camo & Krooked, Big Chocolate, Carbon Airways, Yousef

Sunday, March 25
David Guetta, Armin Van Buuren, Kaskade, Bassnectar, Chase and Status, Bloody Beetroots (DJ set), Fedde Le Grand, Knife Party, Magnetic Man, John Digweed, Steve Aoki, Ferry Corsten, Gareth Emery, Sander Van Doorn, Flying Lotus, SBTRKT, Adam Beyer, Steve Lawler, Joris Voorn, Jamie, Jones, Seth Troxler, Damian Lazarus, Nic Fanciulli, Layo & Bushwacka!, Marcus Schossow, Popof, Art Department, Big Gigantic, Savoy, Tritonal, Jochen Miller, Keys n Krates, Elio Riso, Remo, Eco, RioTGeaR


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DeeJay Excel

DeeJay Excel said on the 28th Dec, 2011

Bought 2x early bird tix to this pre-emptively when they came out after a stellar year last year. Line up and venue wasn't even released. Glad it's paid off though.


K3lvo said on the 28th Dec, 2011

Now this is a line up, compared to that shit line up from creamfields next year.


sifu02 said on the 28th Dec, 2011

Damn son...that is a MASSIVE lineup....who ISN'T playing??!! I thought the US of A is broke?


kanni said on the 28th Dec, 2011

epic as per usual...!


Shall said on the 28th Dec, 2011

Miss out on Ultra next year..This year was simply amazing! Mega Structure indeed! Hopefully Tomorrowland and Ibiza makes up for it in 2013.


crackers4 said on the 28th Dec, 2011

So fucking massive, and to think there's two more 'phases' to be announced...

Nathan Explosion

Nathan Explosion said on the 28th Dec, 2011

I would rather attend Ultra than Tomorrowland. IMO no dance festival compares to it


LavyP said on the 29th Dec, 2011

WHAT THE HEL IS IN PHASE 2??? 2pac, Biggie and DJ Mehdi???


mill_dogg_12 said on the 30th Dec, 2011

i attended this year (2011) and will be back in 2012. Truely a peerless festival. with the lead up week (miami music week) allowing you to see most of the headliners in a club venue. would reccomend to everyone to experience it at some point


rdalt13 said on the 31st Dec, 2011

only gonna cost two and a half grand for the trip over...


Digitalgrub said on the 31st Dec, 2011

Huge lineup, yet looking at all these names most have come to Australia to peform festivals or club shows, so it's not like we miss out (and I've been enjoying club shows a bit more lately anyway!)