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Ultra Miami may not be allowed to return to Virginia Key

Some local officials are against the festival returning to this year's site in 2020...

Ultra Virginia Key no return
Ultra Virginia Key no return

Following complications late last year surrounding its use of usual home Bayfront Park, Ultra was forced to move this year to a new base of Virginia Key elsewhere in Miami. Naturally, attention has now shifted to what will happen in 2020.

This year's new home did have its issues for organisers, with heavy traffic and transportation complications causing a particular headache for attendees at the end of the first day. A new home did give Ultra a chance to introduce new stages and refresh its Resistance Island concept though.

Speaking in the wake of last month's event, Ultra’s chief of security Ray Martinez has said that he hopes to return to the key with a “well-oiled production". He added, "It was a great event in a beautiful location, and we look forward to being here next year and producing — and even improving on — our event and our festival."

Local officials in Miami aren't so sure about that though. "I think putting 50,000 people in Virginia Key is not a good idea,” Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez has said. "There’s only one way in and one way out. I think they need to find a better place for it."

Mayor Francis Suarez and City Manager Emilio Gonzalez will meet with other officials soon to discuss what went well and what didn't go so swimmingly before making a decision on Ultra's future in Miami.

Listen to Ultra 2019 sets from the likes of Dog Blood, Armin van Buuren and Tiësto here, and watch some of the techno highlights from Charlotte de Witte, Carl Cox and others.

You can also catch up on photos from day one and day two of this year's festival.

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