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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