Ultra Festival says goodbye to Miami after two decades of transport chaos

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Ultra Festival says goodbye to Miami after two decades of transport chaos Young people are preparing to celebrate the twentieth edition of the Ultra Festival at Bayfront Park, located in front of Vizcaya Bay, in Miami, Florida (United States) .EFE / Archivo

 Miami, .- The organizers of the electronic music festival Ultra, which has been held for two decades in Miami, announced on Wednesday that they will not do it again in this city due to the transportation problems they faced in this year’s edition in Cayo Virginia.

“After listening to the comments of many of you (the supporters), it is clear that the festival experience in Cayo Virginia simply was not good enough,” the organizers said in a statement.

They said that they “voluntarily” ended the “license” with the city of Miami and that they are in the process of completing the Ultra Music Festival in another place in South Florida, which they did not detail.

“Many interested parties have contacted us over the years with offers to organize the festival in unique and impressive places,” the organizers said on Wednesday.
“One of these, however, has shone much more than the others, and we hope to make it our home for many years to come,” they added.

The organizers say that they took into account for this decision the polls, among them those of “more than 20,000 followers” after attending this year’s edition of the musical event last March.

Created two decades ago, and with more than twenty “branches” spread around the world, the Ultra Music Festival began its journey in Miami Beach and is considered one of the most important electronic music events on the planet.

However, it has also faced criticism, especially from neighbors, for the noise, public disorder and transportation chaos generated by the massive assistance.

The festival, held since 1999 in Miami, had its headquarters in Bayfront Park, in the center of the city, but this year the event was moved to Cayo Virginia, where the first of the two nights was chaotic due to lack of coordination in transport and schedules.

Thousands of attendees had to walk through the only access road to the island, a long journey to leave the headquarters of Cayo Virginia, which generated a huge jam and widespread confusion among the audience.

In Cayo Virginia there is no parking for private vehicles and, therefore, the 50,000 attendees that the festival is calculated to receive each of their three days must arrive in a bus hired by the organization, or in taxis and Uber / Lyft. (EFEUSA)

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