Ultra 2014's Ten Best Moments
Photo by George Martinez Deadmau5 making mischief at last year's Ultra. And no one expected him back for 2014.
Deadmau5 Getting Drafted as the Replacement Headliner
Whether you think Deadmau5 is a douche or a genius, there's no denying that he often makes things more interesting.
Constantly talking uncensored shit, usually via Twitter, ripping on EDM, Ultra, DJing itself, and almost any other subject that might cross his social media feed, the Mau5 either likes to piss people off or lacks any degree of social tact. In either case, he's got real talent for making mischief.
So when we heard the always controversial King Rat would be replacing the ailing, big-room, Billboard-topping crowd-pleaser Avicii as Ultra 2014's headliner, it seemed to be only a matter of time before a highly entertaining outbreak of Mau5-y mischieviousness seized Ultra Music Festival.
And we weren't wrong. S. Pajot
Photo by George Martinez
Basement Jaxx: Day Makers
All the elements came together at the Basement Jaxx show. The winds collided and something like thunder burst forth beautifully unto the enthusiastic yet modestly sized crowd. And though a ton of what impressed us was the performance, much of it came from the fantastically fun costumes donned by the multiple players that brought the act's sound to Ultra Music Festival's live stage.
The singing women were dressed like rainbows, like clouds, like stars, and they shone brighter than the sun (which, oddly, no one was dressed up as for the gig). It was the realest set of the fest and one of the most engaging. Empire of the Sun also brought a fully impressive, visual stage performance under the cover of night. But Basement Jaxx played their set in the daytime, when many Ultra-goers were still home putting the final touches on their costumes. Even so, they fully stimulated with sound and sights that got everyone asking frantically where their heads were at. Liz Tracy