Ultra 2014's Ten Best Moments

Photo by George Martinez

Empire of the Sun's Dedication to Showmanship
In this world of pre-recorded sets and flashy light shows, it's unusual to be treated to the level of musical talent and showmanship exhibited by Australian electro-rockers Empire of the Sun.

Despite a 30-minute delay due to the rain (see also Ultra 2014's worst moments), the duo enchanted us with a vibrant, high-energy performance, squeezing in multiple costume changes and all the biggest hits for an action-packed, never-boring set that we'd easily praise as one of the weekend's best.

Even Ultra's official go-go dancers didn't bring it quite as hard as EOTS' talented performers, and we've never seen a guitar player shred so hard or a drummer go in with such strength while dressed in such overwhelming headgear as these two. Don't ever miss your chance to see them again. Kat Bein

Photo by George Martinez

2manydjs Closing With Motörhead's "Ace of Spades"
We've always suspected that much of modern EDM culture serves the same popular purpose as the '70s and '80s metal scene. Enormous arena-sized spectacles delivered at incredible decibel levels amid movie-quality special effects, inspiring wasted party animals to "Get Fucking Wild 'n' Weird," as one raver t-shirt from Ultra 2014 put it.

So it was entirely fitting that 2manydjs' Stephen and David Dewaele (a pair of brothers who've made a career of presenting stripped-down, intelligent, and playfully experimental dance music) would choose to end their set by playing "Ace of Spades" by Motörhead, a metal band that also didn't give a fuck about trends and pageantry.

Not to mention, it takes balls to end your set at a major electronic music festival with a thrashing hard rock song that's ten to 15 years older than today's average raver. S. Pajot

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Klipsch Amphitheater at Bayfront Park

301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL

Category: Music

Bayfront Park

301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL

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