Ultra Music Festival

Behind the Scenes at Ultra Music Festival

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)


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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Jose D. Duran has been the associate web editor of Miami New Times since 2008. He's the voice and strategist behind the publication's eyebrow-raising Facebook and Twitter feeds. He has also been reporting on Miami's music, entertainment, and cultural scenes since 2006, previously through sites such as MiamiNights.com and OnBeat.com. He earned his BS in journalism with a minor in art history from the University of Florida. He's a South Florida native and will be a Miami resident as long as climate change permits and the temperature doesn't drop below 60 degrees.
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