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ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL 2020 OFFICIALLY CANCELLED

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.

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Romania’s NEVERSEA makes a third comeback

The third iteration of Romania’s coastal, fun-in-the sun (and long thereafter) festival, NEVERSEA, proved a particularly impressive production this past year—considerably so for a young festival still trying to find its footing in a swarming European event market.

With tens of thousands of attendees, primarily from Bucharest and surrounding Eastern European meccas pouring in to the relatively quiet, though densely populated beach town of Constanţa July 4-7 for NEVERSEA’s multi-national electronic, hip-hop, and pop roster, success was a tall order, made taller with one of the aural agenda’s top-sellers, DJ Snake, rescinding his lineup spot in a last-minute heartbreaker of an announcement.

But NEVERSEA rose to the occasion, largely due to its audacious artist acumen, which spanned UK-bred Sub Focus’ whiplash-inducing drum breaks, to the mellow electronic/live instrumentation synergy of Bob Moses. Saturday, the four-day affair’s busiest night, drew over 60,000 festival-goers, NEVERSEA reports; and while by 7 pm there was little room to move about freely (particularly near the main stage), let alone secure an opportune spot, most of the all-ages attendees hardly seemed to mind. The remaining three days saw much of the same congestion near the main stage, though mostly confined to the riper hours of the evening during the most prominent performances, like that of Alesso and G-Eazy.

The Temple
The varied and immaculately decorated subsidiary stages offered ample refuge from the often-overflowing headlining performances. The kaleidoscopic Temple Stage, for example, with the elevated Constanţa strip as its beckoning, spotlit backdrop, hosted a lustrous litany of club-centric house and tech-leaning talent, including early-morning majesty from the likes of Jamie Jones, Boris Brejcha, and Dubfire. Faithful observers in the art of four by four, with penchants for surreptitious low-lit after-hour locales were sure to be found worshiping at the Temple.

The Ark
The Ark Stage offered dance digs of the most brash and unbridled variety. A walk past the vessel-themed stage could proffer either serrated drum ‘n’ bass displays from Andy C or Sub Focus and their razor-lipped MCs, or perhaps up-to-the-moment four on the floor from NERO‘s Dan Stephens. By all accounts, a rendezvous under The Ark is not for frightful ears.

‘Til the break of dawn
A stroll through the sandy grounds at daybreak proves NEVERSEA can hold an audience. Even at 5 am, as the orange glow of sunrise kissed the Black Sea coastline, and the delicious and delirious madness of Boris Brejcha’s “high-tech minimal,” an amalgamation of progressive, techno, and trance, began winding down, it was clear attendees were in it for the long hall—as hundreds remained camped around The Temple stage, wide-eyed and enthralled. The intensity of the Eastern European people is no myth, personified in hordes of young people dancing at 8 am with 8 pm vigor. They gathered restlessly, striking coquettish poses with the flowered festival foliage long after dawn stretched into day.

In just a few short years, NEVERSEA has solidified its spot as a must-attend on the Romanian festival front, really only contending with its Transylvanian sister soiree, UNTOLD. The robust beachside gathering is an impressive mid-sized mounting on the Eastern European festival mantle.

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Two People Hospitalised In Stabbings At Mexico’s Esto Es Tulum Festival

Two people were taken to hospital after being stabbed at an ANTS party during Mexico’s Esto Es Tulum festival in the early hours of Monday morning. One has been left in a critical condition with a knife wound to the neck.

The two Mexican nationals were reportedly attacked by local cartel members who mistook them for drug dealers, according to Quadratin Quintana Roo.

The party was taking place at the Cenote Casa Tortuga venue, as part of the multi-event Esto Es Tulum festival, which started on December 27 and is due to the close of January 11.

In the wake of the attack, the festival canceled the Vatos Locos event which was scheduled to take place on Tuesday night, January 7

Read Esto Es Tulum’s statement below.