Future Classic Festival

It seemed for a while that Miami could play host to multiple music festivals. But after the rapid demise of Bang! (we hardly knew ye) and the sudden cancellation of Langerado, it seems like nobody will be able to match the success of Ultra, so far the city's only music festival to prove it has lasting power.

Well, perhaps it's been the approach. Bang! tried to basically create an Ultra 2.0 in the fall, but when it changed to a single-stage format and booked mediocre supporting acts, it saw the rug being pulled out from under its feet. And Langerado suffered from changing too soon and too quickly, alienating its core fan base.

So what makes the emerging Future Classic Festival so different? Well, for one, the only national act scheduled for the September 12 event so far is N.E.R.D. The rest of the acts are 100 percent local, which isn't a bad thing. Awesome New Republic, Afrobeta, Locos por Juana, Suenalo, ¡Mayday!, and more all represent some of the strongest local acts. And top that off with local DJs like Danny Daze, Tom Lorac, Induce, Contra, and Ray Milian and this thing is starting to shape up to be perhaps the best and most complete local music festival we've ever seen.

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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 and 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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