Tickets on sale for Kanye West, Lou Reed at inaugural UR1 Music Festival during Art Basel weekend

 

First-year festival makes big splash with initial wave of musical lineup

UR1 Lineup
Kanye West and Lou Reed will play the UR1 music festival Dec 8-9 in Miami
 

By Corey W. Campbell | campbell.corey@miamiswagger.com

UPDATE: Tickets now on sale

With anticipation building for months, tickets are finally on sale for the UR1 Festival.

The two-day pass for the event on Dec. 8-9 is $149 plus a $23.37 service fee - about $86 per day for an array of entertainment.

VIP tickets will be made available at a later date. A portion of the proceeds will benefit to the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

There is no exact number to the amount of tickets already sold, but just several hours after tickets went on sale on the event website, UR1Festival.com, there have been over 37,000 hits, according to a UR1 representative.

There are still more names of musical artists to come in the next phase of line-up announcements and there are rumors that local talent will be added to the list.

There also will be a number of different mediums of art on display throughout the festival. Some of the original artwork will be by BooksIIII Bischof; Typoe; Agustina Woodgate; Bhakti Baxter; Locastro; Ahol Sniffs Glue; Johnny Robles; Kiki Valdes; Andrew Nigon; Ruben Ubiera; F.R.E.E. Interactive in collaboration with PENCILS & SAWBLADES; Douglas Hoekzema; Brandon Opalka; Sinisa Kukec; Krel; Benjamin Hollingsworth; and Mark Diaz.

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What do you get when you put together a hip-hop mogul, a rock-n-roll hall-of-famer, a California-punk  band, a whole mix of DJs and producers for a music and arts festival during Art Basel?

The answer: no one really knows but they are calling it the UR1 Festival -- Your Generation.

Kanye West, Lou Reed, The Offspring, Erick Morillo and Bob Sinclar are just a few of the big names that will be performing at the two-day festival during Art Basel weekend (Dec. 8 - 9) that will be stretched across five stages in the 39-acres of Bayfront Park.

When the first announcement was released back in June that the festival was going to mix art and multiple genres of music no one really knew what to expect. Now after a couple months of waiting the creators of Miami's newest music festival have released an eclectic list of headliners with more names to come. The original line-up announcement was set for Aug. 21 but was delayed delays due to agents and approvals.
 
"Huge acts take time," co-producer Alex Omes said. "It is big, so it took longer to get all of the green lights. It is that amazing. So unique, diverse and all quality."

The festival is being organized by Go Big Productions, the same organizers behind some of Miami's sexiest parties: the Masquerade Motel, and The Surfcomber Hotel Pool Parties.

Art Basel brings thousands of people, young and old, to Miami and the beach to admire every aspect of Miami's developing arts scene. So this multi-genre music festival should have a little bit of something to appeal to just about all of that crowd's musical palate.

Younger generations may not know that Reed used to perform back in Andy Warhol's Factory scene, and the older generations may not know a thing about Kanye's Roc-A-Fella Records.

Then you have a band like Offspring that had a huge following in the 90's but they just released a new song, 'Days Go By',  in 2012. And these days Electric Dance Music, or EDM, has had a massive explosion in popularity.  Internationally known Columbian-American DJ Erick Morillo is no stranger to the Miami scene. He has performed here at the Ultra Music Festival and most of the top clubs in the area.

Also making the initial list is Keane, Cocoon Heroes featuring Sven Vath, Dubfire and Carl Craig.
 
Don't forget this isn't just about music. A custom art gallery will be erected onsite to present emerging artists in all mediums from the contemporary art world.

Two additional music stages for UR1 are being curated by The Fader and Reignfield which will be presented by Poplife.

Omes and business partner Emi Guerra have a reputation for producing extraordinary event with amazing visual effects, and there is talk that this could be the biggest show of all. No word on the cost or when the rest of the line-up will be out. 

Ticket sales and prices will be available soon at: www.ur1festival.com.

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