Ultra Music Festival in Miami has officially been cancelled.
After meeting with Miami city officials earlier today amid the coronavirus outbreak, the festival has made the decision to cancel its 2020 flagship event. This will be the first time since the festival’s inception in 1999 that it will not go on as planned.
According to the Miami Herald, “City officials have yet to announce details of the change because attorneys are ironing out the legal issues tied to the decision, including the length of the delay, sources said.”
Last year the festival was forced to Virginia Key after Miami officials voted against renewing Ultra’s contract at Bayfront Park. Ultra was voted back this year, to the delight of tens of thousands of fans. The lineup included many of the festival’s heaviest hitters, with the exception of Tiësto who wasn’t on the lineup for the first time since 2006. Subtronics, Kayzo, Fisher, Charlotte de Witte, The Chainsmokers, Marshmello, Martin Garrix, and more were all scheduled to perform.
Ultra Music Festival will not issue refunds to 2020 Miami edition ticket holders in light of its year-long postponement. The 21st-annual three-day event was originally scheduled for March 20—22, but was held off in light of rising Coronavirus cases in Florida and around the world. The next festival is scheduled for March 26—28, 2021.
In an email to ticket holders and first published by The Miami Herald, sent Tuesday morning (March 10) at 12:59 am ET, Ultra promised that all 2020 tickets would be honored at either the 2021 or 2022 Ultra Music Festival Miami events, though ticket holders have only 30 days to choose which year they’d like to attend. The event is also working on a “digital online Ultra experience as soon as possible.”
Alongside the future festival admission, Ultra is offering a “Benefits” package that includes an “Extra Ultra Hour” main stage DJ set before gates open exclusive only to 2020 ticket holders who attend in 2021, one free ticket to any non-Miami Ultra Worldwide or Resistance events in 2021 or 2022, a discount code for 50% off official merchandise order of $250 or more, and other incentives.
The decision not to refund ticket holders is concurrent with Ultra’s official refund policy, which states that in all cases, including governmental acts and acts of God, the “Organizer may, in its sole and absolute discretion elect to either, (a) issue Purchaser a full or partial refund, (b) postpone the Event for a future date and/or (c) offer Purchaser a comparable ‘make good.'”