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’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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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!