Ultra Music Festival has responded to a lawsuit issued by Rapture Electronic Music Festival over the Virginia Key site that both events have been given permission to use on the same weekend.
"There is no merit to the recent lawsuit," Ultra's statement says. "To claim that Ultra has violated the law is both disappointing and misplaced. Ultra lawfully secured its license to host its annual production on Virginia Key, including by obtaining necessary approvals from the City of Miami Commission."
Dubfire, Joris Voorn, Nicole Moudaber – these are just a few big names from the hordes of DJs that graced the decks of Heart Nightclub. The downtown Miami venue launched with a bang in 2015 leaving quite an impression on Miami’s nightlife culture. The three level, 2,000-capacity club was one of the only Florida venues holding a 24-hour license. As a result of owning this golden license, Heart quickly became known for its extended DJ sets. For instance, DJ/producer duo The Martinez Brothers performed a whopping 20-hour set to a lively, packed house!
The three-day event, which launched in 1999 as Ultra Beach Music Festival during Winter Music Conference, has become the “it” destination for dance music fans from all over North America, as well as the globe. It has truly been a treat to watch the evolution of Ultra over the years. From launching as an 11-hour rave on Miami Beach in ’99 to now celebrating its 20-year anniversary with special editions of the festival taking place all over the planet, Ultra is a dance music mainstay that’s morphed with the times.
Not yet open two years, Heart in Downtown Miami has changed the personality of the city’s nightlife. Featuring dance music on Fridays and Saturdays — which goes far into what would be office hours the next day — the 2,000-capacity, three level club, which is one of the only venues holding a 24-hour license in Florida, is known for its extended DJ sets. Under the experienced supervision of Louis Puig, formerly of Space — located next door — and with the unerring booking skills of Travis Rogers, Heart is just as much about growing talent as it is about hosting already big name selectors.
Once a dilapidated yet sprawling one-story warehouse just off of Biscayne Boulevard, the original Club Space has come a long way since its 2003 inception. Emphasizing an egalitarian, no-nonsense approach towards the customers, as well as the then-unheard of 24-hour operating permit, Club Space promised an exciting, over-the-top club experience for the discerning dance-music enthusiast.
Space of March 2016 bears only a passing semblance today yet holds the same ethos. Having undergone several changes in theme. Mother Nature inspires a bamboo-decorated DJ booth situated like a lion's throne on the terrace.
Spacious VIP tables line the perimeter of this house jungle, while go-go dancers show off their most titillating moves and still, unlike South Beach's pretentious and pricey mega clubs, Space is for foot-shuffling patrons who are there simply and purely for the music. The 25,000-square-foot downtown dance oasis is a must-visit, especially during after-hours.
While the lower room caters more to the EDM crowd, the real club magic happens upstairs in the iconic Space terrace and loft. We could start rattling off the names of the DJs who spin here, but you’d be hard-pressed to find a decent DJ who hasn’t. From Miami locals to electro A-listers, rap heavyweights to techno titans and everything in between, this Space is where you want your night to end and your morning to begin.
Welcome to day eight of our daily Miami Blog. We are now into the penultimate day of this year's WMC, and feeling the burn.