Ultra Music Festival 2011

The dates have been announced, and its now official: Ultra Music Festival and Winter Music Conference have divorced.

The events, which usually both took place on the last weekend of March every year, will be separated by two weeks in 2011.

The Ultra Music Festival will occupy its usual weekend, but has now expanded to three days: Friday, March 25; Saturday, March 26; and Sunday, March 27. 

Meanwhile the Winter Music Conference will be held March 8 through 12 at the Miami Beach Convention Center. The fact that the events no longer coincide may alienate fans in the electronic dance music community, who used to be able to travel to South Florida for both events in one weekend.

The other mystery is the location of Ultra. The festival has long called Bicentennial Park home, but the announcement of the 2011 event gave the ambiguous “Downtown Miami” as its venue. The construction of a museum park in Bicentennial Park has made the festival’s future in that location uncertain, and it looks like the festival might have already been evicted.

Although no artists have been announced, early-bird three-day tickets have already sold out. Tickets are $179.95 for now.


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