Behind the Scenes at Ultra Music Festival

Ultra cofounder Russell Faibisch.
Ultra cofounder Russell Faibisch.
George Martinez

Even from the furthest reaches of Palm Beach County, you won't be able to escape it. Miami's Ultra Music Festival is a boom to South Florida's music culture. But the journey to the top hasn't been easy. From battling partners to fighting with the City of Miami to a standoff with Winter Music Conference, Ultra Music Festival's 15-year history is filled with more than just lights and music.

See also:

- How Russell Faibisch Built Ultra Music Festival

- 15 Years of Ultra Music Festival (Photos)

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This week, our feature story documents the meteoric rise of America's premier dance music festival. We had the rare opportunity to spend time with Ultra cofounder Russell Faibisch, who spoke to us about the difficulty of getting the 1999 inaugural festival off the ground -- known then as Ultra Music Beach Festival -- to how seriously organizers take security in 2013.

And do you know why Ultra is called Ultra? Well, we answer that question too.

Read "How Russell Faibisch Built Ultra Music Festival."

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