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Ultra Music Festival 2016: March 18-20

Ultra Music Festival 2016. Festival Lovers Tips
 With downtown Miami being Ultra Music Festival’s famous destination, things are bound to get weird. From stinky porta potties to cheeky bikini bottom, your experience will definitely be one to remember. This year’s lineup featured many favorites like Galantis, Tiesto, Zedd, The Chainsmokers, Carnage, Marshmello, Kygo, Martin Garrix, Purity Ring, Dash Berlin, and more.

Inside look at Ultra Music Festival 2016

Weren’t able to attend? No worries, we got you covered! Take a look into how our experience was from day one leading up to the final hour of day three.

We stayed at the Hilton Hotel in Downtown Miami, conveniently located about a 15-20 minute walk from Ultra. It is also located across the street from Checkers and Burger King for those late night munchies. You can always head down to Publix, just a block away, for a liquor and snack run.

Hotel: Hilton | 1601 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132 | http://www.hiltonmiamidowntown.com/

Day One

Day one’s security checkpoint was a joke. Everyone got in with whatever they wanted. The line was pretty quick too. All the “prohibited items” policy must’ve been all a gimmick to make sure the crowd wasn’t covered with flag poles, umbrella’s, pacifiers, and whatnot. There were plenty of flagpoles in the crowd which upset me because I purposefully didn’t buy one thinking they would’ve taken it at the gate (Ugh!). Yet, they wouldn’t even let us in with the free 7-Up they were giving out before the checkpoint.

We were all in awe at how huge this place was and the amount of people that were there. The stages were over the top! Great work on the graphics and design.

Inside look at Ultra Music Festival 2016

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I was in pain after the first two performances. I didn’t know how I was going to last 2 more days. I ended up having to rave from the ground a couple times so that my legs wouldn’t give in.

By the time we got back from the restrooms, the Main Stage was overcrowded. We got stuck watching DJ Snake’s performance through a bunch of branches. Not cool! My advice, even if you’re at a distance, try getting a spot facing the front of the stage.

Inside look at Ultra Music Festival 2016

The 20 minute walk back to our hotel was brutal. The top of our hotel looked like it was getting further and further away. There were people on the sidewalks selling water, red bull, t-shirts, bracelets/necklace and tickets. If you’re desperate, grab one!

Day Two

Inside look at Ultra Music Festival 2016

By day two it seemed like they added an extra checkpoint. It was so hot, I was sweating in places I never knew I had sweat glands. Even though it seemed like it was more secure, it just made the process longer. Once we finally got in, we made sure to grab some beers before we pushed our way to the front. We managed to get a great spot where we had a perfect view of the stage, just in time for Tiesto. My advice for lasting 6+ hours, get a spot on the barriers to lean on.

Inside look at Ultra Music Festival 2016Tiesto, Avicii and Hardwell stole the show. Hardwell’s entrance alone was amazing and I fell more in love with Tiesto. By far the best overall day.

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Day Three

Day three was a bit crazy. It started raining while we were walking towards the checkpoint. Good thing I brought my poncho from our helpful festival checklist. 😉 Luckily the rain was light.

By the time we got to the second checkpoint, they basically said f it and let everyone go through. I guess it was a good thing it rained. Once inside, we used the restroom and grabbed some drinks because we knew there was no getting out of the crowd without losing our perfect spot.

Inside look at Ultra Music Festival 2016

How was day three you ask?

CARNAGE CARNAGE CARNAGE. That’s all I have to say. I felt like a proud parent in the crowd knowing how much that set meant to him. But dude, how could you not play your new single “Bimma”?? I figured he was saving it for the closing but damn, I was so blown.

He surprised the crowd by bringing out a few people you might’ve heard of. From Wiz Khalifa, Marshmello, Rick Ross, Rae Sremmurd to Mr. “key to success” himself, DJ Khaled.

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After hearing his remix to “Hello”, I’ve officially become a fan of Marshmello (#MelloGang). Whether he’s DotCom or not, his music never disappoints.

We stayed to watch David Guetta and Zedd perform before heading to the Worldwide Stage to see Tchami.

Inside look at Ultra Music Festival 2016Inside look at Ultra Music Festival 2016Inside look at Ultra Music Festival 2016Shout out to this guy who thought I asked for a picture WITH him but wanted him to take a picture of my sister and I…. Nice abs!

Overall, my favorite set from the Main Stage would have to be Tiesto, Hardwell, and Carnage. Raving in the rain during Carnage’s performance just added fuel to the fire. It was “litttt”.

Inside look at Ultra Music Festival 2016

By the end of Ultra 2016, my body was so worn down! Your legs will hurt regardless of what shoes you wear because of how much walking you’ll do. However, we still recommend picking a comfortable pair. We wore black vans with thin socks which were pretty good. I honestly could’ve lasted another day. Miami + Ultra.. come on! No one wants to go home after that.

But until next time…

Thank you Ultra for a bad a** experience!

Inside look at Ultra Music Festival 2016

Inside look at Ultra Music Festival 2016

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  • Reply Robin

    Great blog! This event seems awesome and so enjoyable. Try this new and upcoming event at Chichester http://chichesterlive.co.uk/

    April 29, 2016 at 8:26 AM
    • Reply Natasha

      Thanks Robin! Yes we definitely recommend it, it was awesome. Thank you for the link to the event, we will check it out!

      April 30, 2016 at 1:10 PM
      • Reply Hannah Lear

        Thank you for this! My boyfriend surprised me with Ultra tickets for my birthday, so stumbling upon your blog has been so helpful! I watched the live stream last year and fell in love. Question, is it miserable trying to get from stage to stage to see different artist? Do you just need to time your leaving right? Thanks!!

        January 9, 2017 at 8:43 PM
        • Reply Melissa

          That’s awesome, Happy Birthday Hannah!! We’re going again this year so if you see us come say hi!

          Luckily for us, all the artist that we wanted to see were on the main stage. We did, however, walk to the worldwide stage to catch Tchami which wasn’t too bad. The crowds are bigger towards the end of the night. A mix of people trying to leave and those who want to watch the last artist. If it’s just you two, you’re good.

          Thanks for commenting!

          January 9, 2017 at 9:15 PM

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