Ultra 2014's Ten Best Moments

Photo by George Martinez

Dizzee Rascal: No Gimmicks, Just Real Hip-Hop
People love Riff Raff, because he has crazy dancers and giant cardboard cutouts of his own bizarrely styled head. But London's grimey rap god Dizzee Rascal wants no part of that game.

Just like Nas, all he needs is one mic, but it didn't hurt when he was joined on the Ultra live stage by a brilliant singer, a truly talented hypeman, and one hella worthy turntablist/DJ. The sun was still shining that Sunday afternoon, but the crowd was going ham like it was last call. He played an equal amount of foundational classics and new-school anthems so as to appease both the old fans and the newer. Of course "Bonkers" was a big hit, but even without the dubby realness, it was just refreshing to see hip-hop done right. Kat Bein

Photo by George Martinez

It Happened in Miami
It's loud. The traffic sucks. The streets become dumping grounds for club flyers. The Metromover is overrun with giddy ravers. And there's no ignoring the sex, drugs, and EDM. Those are among the complaints.

More seriously, there have been two Ultra 2014 tragedies that reignited calls from prominent politicians like Marc Sarnoff and Mayor Tomás Regalado for the festival to leave Miami. On Friday, a female security guard was trampled beneath a fence by gatecrashers, leaving her hospitalized in critical condition. And the next night, a 21-year-old attendee died under mysterious circumstances in a car, just blocks from Bayfront Park, after leaving UMF.

Still, chasing Ultra Music Festival from our city would be a mistake. Punish those responsible, review security protocol, work to prevent the incidence of overdoses. But we shouldn't force a homegrown international cultural phenomenon to leave.

As anyone who's attended multiple Ultras will say, there are problems. But for most, three days at Bayfront Park is an overwhelmingly positive experience.

And we here at Crossfade hope this won't be the last time Ultra happens in Miami. S. Pajot

Location Info


Klipsch Amphitheater at Bayfront Park

301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL

Category: Music

Bayfront Park

301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL

Category: General

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