It’s the world’s premier electronic music festival! It’s Ultra Music Festival (UMF) in Miami! Here you’ll find yourself surrounded by headbangers, stoners, and good vibes all around.
It’s a place where you can find your business persona lost in the past and begin to discover your true fun self! If you’re already considering attending the next UMF, then you’ve taken a step in the right direction. Music festivals have no specific type of audience that attends.
Music festivals welcome anyone who enjoys music and a good time. If you’ve never attended a music festival before, however, then there are a few tips you’ll want to know about to better prepare yourself for all the excitement ahead. When you know what to expect, you can ensure you’ll have the best experience possible.
Are you ready to travel into a world of music, entertainment, food, drinks, and amazing energy? Let’s get started! Continue reading below to learn all the best UMF tips and tricks you must know about.
Where’s It’s At, And where Do I Stay?
Ultra Music Festival is located at Bayfront Park in Miami, Florida. It takes place between the dates of March 20th-22nd. These are some of the most perfect dates for the festival!
Why? These dates also align with Miami Music Week. Miami Music Week is a variety of concerts and parties that take place all throughout Miami.
When you’re not down at Bayfront Park enjoying UMF, be sure to hit up some of the other amazing concerts and parties going on in the area.
There are several great Miami hotels to choose from in the area. It’s best to look up the location of the festival and then browse through hotels in the area online. This is a great way to make sure you find a room suitable for your needs.
For example, will you need a smoking room or one with a balcony? Here are some good options to get you started.
- The Miami Beach EDITION
- Lowes Miami Beach Hotel
- 1 Hotel South Beach
All of these options are close by (less than 30 mins) and also have their own excitement going on at the hotel as well!
How Do I Get There?
Before you can plan your trip, you’ll need to purchase your tickets. Tickets can be found on the UMF website. After purchasing your tickets, you can then plan your travel route.
Bayfront Park is located at: 301 N Biscayne Boulevard, Miami.
If you’re traveling from out of state, then you’ll want to jump into an Uber or Lyft from the airport and make your way over to your hotel or straight to the festival! If you plan to spend most of your time there at the festival, the hotel, and the surrounding areas, then you won’t need to rent a vehicle.
Taking rideshares to get you from place to place is an excellent idea because this means you won’t have to worry about driving under the influence. Even if you drive your car to the hotel, do be sure to consider spending the rest of the trip taking a rideshare vehicle. You also won’t have to worry about parking (parking is about $20).
You can also consider taking the Metrorail, Tri-Rail, or Metromover.
What Genre of Music Can I Expect?
Artists for the festival’s lineup aren’t announced until the festival is approaching. However, the types of music you can expect to hear at this festival is electronica, experimental music, hip hop music, or more simply put dance music! Come prepared to dance.
You might find some music favorites such as Flume, plus a few surprise guests. You never know what UMF has to offer each year so prepare for the unexpected!
What’s Security Like, and How Do I Stay Safe?
Upon entry, you’ll need to show security a form of ID and your wristband. The wristband will be scanned before entering the festival. Prepare to be searched as well.
Security will check bags to ensure no unsafe items are brought in. Clear, small plastic bags are best. Your bag shouldn’t exceed 13”x17”.
Stay safe by following all of the festival’s rules regarding what’s allowed and what’s not. If you suspect anything foul play, then you can always report it to security. Keep in mind, you’ll want to protect yourself from weather elements as well.
What Am I Allowed to Take With Me?
Knowing what you’re allowed to take with you and what not can be a game-changer when attending UMF. Follow these tips to avoid any unnecessary stops.
Here’s what to bring.
- Hand sanitizer-don’t expect sinks at the portable bathrooms
- Toilet paper-portable bathrooms will run out
- Cash (and a music festival budget)- otherwise you’ll get stuck paying high ATM fees
- Bandaids- for your dance blisters
- Comfortable sneakers-to help prevent your dance blisters
- Sunscreen and chapstick-to keep yourself protected from the strong Miami sun
- Earplugs-everyone enjoys loud music, but you’ve never heard music this loud before
Here’s what not to bring.
- Water bottles-buy one there and save it to refill at a refill station
- Food and drinks
- Stuffed animals or real animals
- Opened cigarettes or tampons
- Water guns
- Umbrellas-you can bring a poncho
- Selfie sticks
- Pens, markers, spray paint
- Skateboards, bicycles, scooters
- Weapons, drugs, flammable items
If you attempt to bring any of these items, then you’ll be stopped at security and waste precious festival time.
How Should I Prepare for the Weather?
Prepare to be hot. If you’re not from Florida, then expect the sun to be harsher than you’ve ever felt before! At the same time, March brings wonderful weather to Florida and you can expect a cool breeze by the water.
Either way, bring lots of sunscreen, sunglasses, and cool clothing. Music festival outfits are colorful, fun, and vibrant, but also keep the attendee cool. You can bring a poncho in case there’s a chance of showers.
What Are Some Insider Tips to Make It the Most Enjoyable Experience?
Attending a music festival of any sort is like meeting up with old friends you never knew you had! Make the most out of this experience by being open to meeting new people. You’ll be surprised by how friendly and welcoming everyone is!
If you see someone who may need help, then be sure to take a moment to check on them. They might need some water or a helping hand. The good vibes you send out will come back to you.
Side note: Expect a nose full of dirt! That’s right, when you go back to your hotel each night, be sure to clean out your nose. Clear all the dust and dirt to get a full night’s rest and prepare for tomorrow’s adventures!
Come Prepared for the Ultra Music Festival
Attending the next Ultra Music Festival? Come prepared by following the amazing advice and tips listed in this guide above! When you know what to expect and how to have fun, there’s no doubt you’ll have a blast and want to keep coming back year after year.
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