Music Festivals

Ten Acts We Wish Would Play Ultra Music Festival, But Never Have

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​Some of us judge Ultra Music Festival by the, how should we say, "chemical experiences," yet others of us have the novel idea of actually judging it by the music. This is supposed to be America's premier electronic and dance music festival, ain't it? This year's fest has all your bottle service dance music favorites and quality musicians, but lacks the oomph and surprise of years past.

It got us thinking about who we would have liked to see, and then it got us thinking about who we're surprised have never actually played the festival before. We tried to do our homework and make sure that none of them have played Ultra before, but earlier line-ups are hard to come across online. We're at least certain none have played since the fest became the two day extravaganza at Bicentennial Park.

Some are your typical elusive and reclusive beat makers, others rarely make it to the US, while a few honestly have us scratching our heads wondering why they haven't been down. So here's our top ten act we wish would play Ultra, but for whatever never have.

Ricardo Villalobos
The maestro of minimal and hands down one of the most critically acclaimed DJs in the world refuses to play on American soil after being detained in LA post-9/11 and interrogated over why his family fled from Chile during the Pincohet year (ah, that damn Pincohet). Though, now with Obama in office there's, ahem, "hope." He told XLR8R last year that he'd love to play America if he was

invited to a cultural event. Of course, the example he gave was playing

at Carnegie Hall, but c'mon Villalobos this is South Florida, not Sarah

Palin's idea of "Real America," and you know what they say, ""The best

thing about Miami is how close it is to the United States." In the

meantime we'll just continue to be freaked out by his "Blood on My

Hands" remix.

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Kyle Munzenrieder