The War on Raves: Miami Mayor Wants to Boot Ultra Out of Town

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The annual Ultra Music Festival, Miami’s annual ode to electronic beats and skimpy costumes, entertained 160,000 fans with a sold out fest over the weekend. However, an incident where a security guard was trampled, has provided Miami’s mayor with more ammo in his quest to kick Ultra out of town.

City Commissioner Marc Sarnoff told the local CBS affiliate that: “The mayor and I will be proposing a resolution in front of the commission that would deny them the ability to have Ultra in the future. I think they have overstayed their welcome.”

Billboard posted a statement from Ultra:

The event organizers of Ultra Music Festival share the sentiments of our security partner, CSC, with regard to the condition of Erica Mack, the security guard currently receiving treatment at Jackson Memorial Hospital. The Ultra Family hopes for a swift and full recovery.

The event organizers prohibit any form of unlawful entry in to the event grounds. Preliminary investigations show that the incident was caused by individuals not in possession of event tickets and who were determined to gain unauthorized entry.

Every year the event organizers work collaboratively with police and other municipal partners along with the organizers’ independent security partners to ensure the safety of all patrons, crew and working personnel.  Because a thorough investigation is underway, event organizers regret that additional comment cannot be provided at this time. The event coordinators are cooperating fully with investigative authorities.

Born during a sweaty, backstage, Bonnaroo downpour, the Chief Festival Junkie's mission in life is to dance, write, and travel to every great festival that this wide world has to offer. While his identity remains a mystery, you may have already met him, probably when he helped himself to your party favors.

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