ULTRA Europe Wraps 4th Annual Edition
MORE THAN 100,000 FROM 143 COUNTRIES ATTEND DESTINATION ULTRA OVER CROATIA MUSIC WEEK OF JULY 14-20
16-HOUR PROGRAM ON SATURDAY BREAKS ULTRA WORLDWIDE RECORD FOR LONGEST FESTIVAL DAY
Following a colossal year in 2015, which saw the inauguration of Destination Ultra: Croatia Music Week, ULTRA Europe returned this July to the shores of the Dalmatian Coast, serving up an unforgettable experience for Ultranauts in attendance from all over the world.
Over 100,000 revelers attended the two days of the festival from a record-breaking 143 countries, dancing to a continuous soundtrack provided by 160 of the world’s most in-demand and celebrated electronic acts across four stages.
Destination ULTRA 2016 Dates:
July 14 – RESISTANCE™ Opening Party @ Giraffe Palm Beach House, Split
July 15-17 – ULTRA Europe @ Poljud Stadium, Split
July 18 – Yacht Regatta @ Zlatni Rat Beach, Bol, Brač
July 19 – ULTRA Beach @ Hotel Amfora Grand Beach Resort, Hvar
July 20 – RESISTANCE™ Closing Party, Vis
With the Friday cancelled due to extremely adverse weather conditions, Ultra surprised attendees on Saturday by opening at 1pm with Armin van Buuren, Above & Beyond and Fedde Le Grand playing early sets to kick off a record-breaking 16-hour extravaganza. The jubilant atmosphere was not deterred as festival organizers announced that Friday ticket holders would be able to attend both Saturday and Sunday of the festival. With two marriage proposals, surprise sets and marathon performances, the opening of the festival was one to remember for all, with the headline DJs consistently presenting their love for the Croatian paradise to the audience and media.
Headliners Dash Berlin, Nero, deadmau5, Martin Garrix, David Guetta and Afrojack closed the nights in breathtaking style as fireworks and pyrotechnics filled the night sky over Split. The largest fireworks display in Croatia marked the end of the festival at 5am on Monday as Hardwell brought the house down in style.
Meanwhile legendary British DJ, Carl Cox brought his legendary Carl Cox & Friends party to the RESISTANCE™ stage for the very first time since the inception of the RESISTANCE™ concept. With the biggest names in house and techno, Marco Carola, Jamie Jones, Joseph Capriati, Nic Fanciulli, Hot Since 82 and Apollonia and many more, the RESISTANCE™ stage was a constant source of rolling grooves all weekend long.
The ULTRA Worldwide™ and Arcadia Spectacular stages hosted performances from a variety of different artists, from Plastic Funk and Headhunterz to Marlo, Andrew Rayel and MOTi.
Millions tuned in to watch the UMFTV Live broadcast over the weekend which saw artists such as deadmau5, Hardwell, Martin Garrix, David Guetta and many more stream their sets to a worldwide audience. Fireworks and confetti cannons dominated the night sky as the weekend ended, signaling the beginning of the Destination Ultra: Croatia Music Week island parties.
The Yacht Regatta kicked off on Monday on the beautiful island of Brac on the Zlatni Rat Beach, Bol at the Auro Cocktail Bar, as Island hoppers sailed from Split to Brac to enjoy the sounds of Dutch DJ Julian Jordan on the beachfront.
As the sun set on the beautiful island, partygoers readied themselves for the next day of Destination ULTRA on the island of Hvar at the Hotel Amfora Grand Beach Resort. Here, the 4th annual SOLD OUT ULTRA Beach showcased the inimitable cohort of Don Diablo, Robin Schulz, Jauz and Sam Feldt keeping partygoers splashing into the night. The first ever live-stream of the 5,000 strong event also ran, with viewers all over the world tuning into the madness.
To cap off the monumental week, the party was then brought to the island of Vis for the final day of celebrations. At the RESISTANCE™ closing party at Fort George, Brits Nic Fanciulli and Hot Since 82 gave the perfect end to the week with rolling tech-house and techno that encapsulated the diverse ethic of Destination Ultra.
About ULTRA Worldwide™
ULTRA WORLDWIDE™ IS THE GLOBAL EDITION OF THE WORLD’S PREMIER ELECTRONIC MUSIC EVENT, ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL®.
The ULTRA brand in relation to live events was founded in 1997 in Miami by Executive Producer, President & CEO, Russell Faibisch, who began by producing electronic music events which led to the inaugural Ultra Music Festival® in 1999 on the sands of Miami Beach.
The internationally renowned festival, which has taken place every March since its inception, celebrated its eighteenth anniversary on March 18-20, 2016 by bringing over 165,000 music enthusiasts to the sold out waterfront event in the heart of the City of Miami. Ultra Music Festival®, recently voted the world’s #1 Festival by DJ Mag, returns to Bayfront Park for its nineteenth annual edition on March 24-26, 2017.
Choosing to follow a unique and creative vision and a wholly organic growth focused on its true love for music, artists and fans alike, the ULTRA and ULTRA Worldwide™ brands represent not only the world’s biggest and most successful remaining INDEPENDENT electronic music festival brand, but also the most international festival brand in the world. Event organizers continue to transport the unrivaled experience from the Miami flagship festival to an ever-growing number of destinations and Ultranauts all over the globe.
Over the past eighteen years, thousands of the world’s most iconic DJs, producers and live acts have mesmerized audiences with awe-inspiring sets at ULTRA festivals in ARGENTINA, BALI, BRAZIL, CHILE, CROATIA, IBIZA, JAPAN, KOREA, SOUTH AFRICA and of course MIAMI, as well as ROAD TO ULTRA® events in BOLIVIA, CHILE, COLOMBIA, JAPAN, KOREA, MACAU, PARAGUAY, PERU, THE PHILIPPINES, PUERTO RICO, SINGAPORE, TAIWAN, THAILAND and the USA. Each new global edition has been founded on the same successful recipe that has been perfected over eighteen years in Miami, combining the most diverse electronic talent with the most technologically advanced, large-scale festival productions in the world.
The ULTRA brands have pioneered the live stream experience with ‘ULTRA LIVE’ (bringing the festival online to over 20 million unique viewers globally) and the audio broadcasting platform ‘UMF RADIO’ (syndicated to FM Radio in over 62 countries and reaching more than 22 million listeners weekly). Also UMF FILMS’ collaboration with FINAL KID has seen some of the most visually breathtaking festival aftermovies in the music space, including a feature-length documentary exploring the explosion of dance music, entitled CAN U FEEL IT™, which was premiered on the red carpet at the Klipsch Amphitheater in Miami in 2012 and was exhibited in over 500 theaters across the Unites States.
2016 will see the ULTRA and ULTRA WORLDWIDE™ brands continue to push the boundaries even further, bringing an unparalleled combination of cutting edge productions and the world’s best electronic acts back to previous strongholds and new frontiers across the globe. With a brand new edition of ULTRA Brasil® confirmed to take place in Rio de Janeiro on October 14-15, 2016, ULTRA Singapore™ becoming a full scale two-day festival on September 10-11 and with ROAD TO ULTRA® entering Hong Kong later this year, the ULTRA brand has now united TWENTY COUNTRIES across FIVE CONTINENTS worldwide.