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CITY OF MIAMI TRIES TO CANCEL HALF OF ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL

08 January 2013
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CITY OF MIAMI TRIES TO CANCEL HALF OF ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL

The City of Miami is trying to cancel the second weekend of Ultra Music Festival.

Marc Sarnoff, the Miami Commissioner, has introduced a resolution which aims to slash the second half of Ultra on grounds that the "event will be disruptive to the local business community and area residents due to noise, nuisance behavior of festival goers, and grid locked traffic."

Miami New Times reports that Sarnoff's decision to put the resolution forward was influenced by a meeting in December, during which local business owners complained about the second weekend of revelry being introduced.

The resolution also states that "consecutive weekends will cause disruptions in work in local offices and create difficulty in accessing residential buildings".

This comes despite the fact that a study commissioned by festival organisers last year claimed that Ultra poured $79 million into the city's coffers.

A decision on whether the resolution will be passed or not will be made on Thursday, at a meeting held at City Hall in Miami.

Fans are understandably up in arms about the decision to cut Ultra in half. With a line-up that boasts basically every big name in the dance music in the world right now, it looks set to be one of the biggest parties in the world.

The dance music community is fighting back. A petition (which you can sign here) has been started by fans to express their concerns and lobby the City of Miami to retract the resolution.

Some passionate comments have been posted to the petition, including one by Kristin Damiano, who wrote: "I'm signing because I'm attending ultra. This "second" weekend was technically the first weekend listed until they broke news that the weekend before would be ultra as well. I only see as it would be an unfair thing to cancel the festival after hundreds, probably even thousands of people have purchased tickets for this event."

More news when we have it.

TAGS: CANCELLED / CITY OF MIAMI / COUNCIL / DANCE MUSIC / EDM / MEETING / MIAMI / PETITION / ULTRA

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