Following a unanimous vote in September to deny the renewal of Ultra Music Festival’s contract at Bayfront Park, the festival this past weekend revealed plans to negotiate a contract with Virginia Key to hold the festival on March 29-31, 2019. The apparent plan was to split the festival between Miami Marine Stadium and Historic Virginia Key Beach Park.

Challenges with the location were readily apparent: the possible environmental impact and the traffic congestion leading to the festival, exacerbated by an only-two-lane highway and limited parking on-site. However, another challenge has presented itself today.

Youssef Khamis, CEO and Founder of Rapture Electronic Music Festival, has released a statement saying he has already signed a contract with the park for the dates Ultra hopes to secure and plans to move forward with Rapture. He said, “We have a signed contract with Historic Virginia Key Beach Park dating back to March 2018 for March 29 and March 30, 2019. We’re very much looking forward to returning to this beautiful beachside setting for our third edition.”

The Miami Commission is set to hear Ultra’s proposal on November 15, but it is unclear what the outcome will be at this time.


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