Just under 20 years ago, promoters in Miami launched a low-key EDM festival on a beach. In the ensuing two decades, Ultra has expanded to a three-day, seven-stage bonanza in Miami as well as a traveling festival that’s touched down in over 30 countries. It’s one of the world’s most recognizable EDM fests, and it was only a matter of time before it broke into the China market.
The festival makes its Shanghai debut this weekend with a two-day event. Here are the details...
Though a bit anxiety-inducing at RMB1,280, the festival pass to Ultra China is actually hundreds of RMB cheaper than its Miami counterpart, which is currently onsale for USD350 [RMB2,330]. Ultra China also offers single day tickets (RMB780) to satisfy those with just one act they’re hankering to see, which Ultra Miami does not. Price at the door is unknown, and we wouldn’t recommend it. Tickets available on Damai.
If you like…
...songs that break Youtube records, don’t miss headliners The Chainsmokers, whose impossibly catchy single ‘Closer’ has a lyric video that holds the most Youtube views of all time, currently just shy of 1.8 billion.
...seeking out the only headlining act that has never played Shanghai before, be sure to catch Sasha & John Digweed. Most of the Ultra China headliners have made an appearance or two at MYST or M2 throughout the past decade. Though both Sasha and John Digweed have given solo performances in Shanghai in the past, these veteran DJs will be performing as a duo for the first time in Shanghai this month at Ultra China.
...Ariana Grande collaborators, don’t miss Russian-German producer Zedd, who is arguably the biggest name on the list and the musician behind hits like ‘Break Free’ with Ariana Grande and ‘Clarity’ with Foxes.
...decades worth of trance music, check out Dutch producer Armin van Buuren, who has been hosting weekly radio show A State of Trance since 2001 and regularly ranks in the top 10 of DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJ List.
Armin van Buuren
...Dutch wunderkinds, don’t miss Martin Garrix, who was ranked the number one DJ in the world by DJ Mag in 2016 at the ripe old age of 20.
...artists whose careers span both the underground and mainstream, be sure to catch Carl Cox, a legend of breakbeat and minimal techno who also hosts an annual ‘Carl Cox and Friends’ stage at Ultra Miami.
Other highlight acts include: Dutch producer Nicky Romero, Greek up-and-comer Nick Martin, American producer Porter Robinson, and lots more.
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