I've been told I'm not allowed to call anything "hot" anymore, now that a certain blonde has coopted the phrase. But what else can you call the country's largest, most influential festival for fans of techno and electronic music, in one of the country's sexiest, warmest cities? That's hot! Right?
For those uninitiated in the world of dance music, the Ultra Music Festival takes place annually, as the capping event of the World Music Conference in Miami. The final two nights of the WMC bring together the very best in dance music from around the globe, giving fans the rare opportunity to see the creme of the crop, in person, on stage, and all on the same two days.
Picture live acts like The Cure and Brazilian Girls playing with the world's most famous DJs, like Fat Boy Slim, Carl Cox, Sasha & Digweed, Danny Tenaglia and Erick Morillo. Then add to the list names only those truly deep in the scene would recognize, but who are the Kings of clubs from Ibiza and Berlin to New York. Even Goldie is back after years out of the mainstream limelight.
This year, the festival's 9th annual blowout takes place March 23 & 24th at Miami's Bicentennial Park. The lineup has been locked down, and appears below, courtesy o their publicity peeps...
At the two-day event where 60,000 fans are expected, festival headliner The Cure and second-night headliner Paul van Dyk will be joined by over 150 of the world's leading electronic bands and DJs ranging from all varieties of the electronic/dance music genre including house, electro, minimal, drum 'n bass, progressive, trance and more.
FRIDAY, MARCH 23:
ULTRA LIVE! MAIN STAGE: The Cure, Tiësto, Miss Kittin, Shiny Toy Guns, Junkie XL, Brazilian Girls and Fedde Le Grand.
ONBEAT.COM ARENA: Deep Dish, Sander Kleinenberg (DVDJ set), Kruder & Dorfmeister, Digitalism and Boys Noize.
SATURDAY, MARCH 24:
ULTRA MAIN STAGE: Paul van Dyk, Erick Morillo, Sasha & John Digweed, Ferry Corsten, Rabbit In The Moon, Christopher Lawrence and Sander Van Doorn.
CARL COX & FRIENDS: Fat Boy Slim, Carl Cox, Danny Tenaglia, Josh Wink and Yousef.
AMNESIA IBIZA ELECTRO-TECHNO STAGE: Richie Hawtin, Mauro Picotto, Timo Maas, Tiga, DJ Hell, Tiefschwartz, Loco Dice, M.A.N.D.Y., Damian Lazarus, Marco Bailey, Mar T, Les Schmitz and Nate Campbell & Franco Munoz.
ULTRA RECORDS HOUSE ARENA: Roger Sanchez, Benny Benassi, David Guetta, DJ Dan, Bad Boy Bill, Seb Fontaine, Donald Glaude, Starkillers and King Britt.
GLOBAL VIZION BREAK BEAT hosted by MC FLIPSIDE: Hybrid (live), BT (live), Stanton Warriors, Uberzone (live), DJ Icey, Krafty Kuts, Meat Katie, Baby Anne, Storm, Johnny Dangerously, GITM (live), Rick West, Keith Mackenzie and Mark Sanchez.
CONTAGIOUS MUSIQ DRUM & BASS: Goldie, Andy C, Grooverider, Planet of the Drums (Dieselboy / Dara / AK 1200), Fabio, Ed Rush & Optical, DJ Craze, Photek, Shy FX, Bailey, SS, Teebee, Subfocus, Reid Speed, DB, Empress, The Engineer and Bass Nacho.
MC's: Damian Pinto, GQ, Skibadee, Tali, Armanni, Sharpness, J-Messinian, Question Mark and Dre.