Ultra Music Festival 2017: Ten Throwback Sets You Need to Hear
Since 1999, Ultra Music Festival has served as a summit for the finest talents in electronic music to broadcast monstrous and groundbreaking sets to fans. For years, the sounds of Ultra were confined to Bayfront Park in Miami, and only those fortunate enough to be in attendance could hear the sounds of the trending artists at the time. For over 10 years, the magic that took place in Miami stayed in Miami; a testament to the Ultra family’s desire to keep the festival grounds sacred place, with absolutely no alternative or replacement. Until recently, fans either forked over the hefty face price for a pass to the festival, or missed the magic entirely. Thanks to changing times, radio broadcasts and online streams have brought the festival to the international stage, giving fans around the world having access to some truly incredible sets.
Whether it be the 2011 mainstage performance from the legendary Chemical Brothers, the 2013 live show from Disclosure in front of a nearly non-existent crowd, or Jack U’s festival debut with plenty of fresh productions from electronic music’s most recognizable tastemakers, Bayfront Park has served as home to sets that set the tone for the following year — and often changed the face of electronic music forever. It would be wise for you to check out any and all sets available from Ultra artists in preparation of the quickly approaching festival, but we’ve nailed the list down to just a handful of performances to assign as some last minute homework before you head to Ultra.
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Armin Van Buuren 2010
An Ultra mainstay since its major expansion, the father of modern day trance and the creator of the A State of Trance brand Armin Van Buuren crushes yearly performances on Miami’s biggest stage. In 2010, Armin took to the mainstage to show North American fans that there was certainly no reason to fear a jacked up BPM; trance took over the hearts of mainstage fans with its uplifting melodies and mesmerizing vocals. Just a year before Armin brought his ASOT 500 celebration to Bayfront Park, the warrior slashed through the progressive big room and brought his A game. Today, the artist is given his own stage under the infamous ASOT tent on day three of the festival, but Armin never fails to give fans an aggressive mainstage performance as he will on day two of Ultra 2015.
Carl Cox 2010
Fatboy Slim 2012
Andrew Bayer 2012
Adam Beyer 2013
Eric Prydz 2014