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Ultra Miami won’t find out if it can remain at its Bayfront Park location until September

The vote was meant to take place on 26th July...

Ultra Miami Music Festival Bayfront Park vote
Ultra Miami Music Festival Bayfront Park vote

Miami officials have delayed the vote on the future of Ultra Music Festival until September.

City commissioners were originally set to decide whether the event could remain at Bayfront Park earlier this month. 

However, the date for the decision has now been pushed back to 16th September.

It's a controversial issue among local residents who complain about the impact the annual event has on the park and surrounding area.

Locals are unhappy about the closing down of the large park, the damage festival-goers do to public property and delinquency. Last year, around 30 different arrests were made as a result of Ultra, most relating to drug possession and counterfeit tickets.

Under terms of a new deal between festival organisers and the city, to be voted on in September, the cost of hiring Bayfront Park is expected to rise to £1.5 million ($2 million). That's double what Ultra pays now and could go up annually following the new deal.

If the deal is not passed then Ultra Miami could be forced to change venues or cancel indefinitely.

The festival began as a one-day event in 1999 but has since grown into one of the country's biggest annual music events.

Legendary dance music trio Swedish House Mafia reformed at Ultra in March 2018, with the festival brand also expanding into Asia in recent years with events in Japan, China and more.

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