The City of Miami has allowed Ultra Music Festival to be held across two weekends in March.
The fate of the festival was put on the line when local business owners complained about the event doubling in size in 2013. The local government then proposed a resolution to slash it in half.
A meeting at City Hall in Miami was held today to decide an outcome, with the dance music community holding its breath over the result.
Good news awaited fans, however. The City of Miami has withdrawn its resolution, giving Ultra the go-ahead this year. Though there are two conditions: that Ultra pay $500,000 to the City and that its 2013 edition is a "pilot" of the new two-weekend format.
The fee will go toward policing the event and the "pilot" scheme means that if Ultra were to be held for the same length of time in 2014, it would have to apply to the City for permission.
This is a huge turnaround for Ultra. The festival has already begun selling tickets for two weekends worth of events and has also just announced a huge line-up.
This is despite Mayor Tomás Regalado telling the Miami Herald yesterday: “Personally, I think one weekend is enough... We understand that we have to accommodate all festivals, but two weekends with street closures would collapse downtown. Plus, people complain about the kids.”
More when we have it.