Oh boy was day 1 a doozy. Never before have I remembered a day like this one. The clouds and also the rain, yes the rain, did not dampen anyone spirits. So in brief high level, Tiesto closed out the night and he brought on some very special guests and debuted some amazing tracks that were never heard before this Ultra. More on that later. Perhaps the set of the night belonged to Alesso. Playing in a downpour was a sight to be seen and he killed it especially with his hit single of OneRepublic, If I Lose Myself.
This was also the first day of the livestream on Youtube which went off without a hitch. Thousands packed Bayfront and thousands more watched in the solace of their computers and smart TVs.
Day 1 also saw the return of Avicii, aka the prodigal son of EDM for Miami. Last year he had to pull out due to an illness with his gall bladder, but this year he was back in force and better than ever. Levels and Hey Brother were of course hits and we can’t wait to see him back again next year.
At one point in the early evening four the seven stages were temporarily shut down due to the almost torrential downpours, but alas they eventually opened but then were closed off again around 9:30pm due to the inclement weather. Some affected artists included, Odesza and Chromeo, who were unable to perform at this year’s Ultra. But good news out of all this, they will hopefully be back next year!
One of our personal highlights included Royksopp, playing at the live stage. This duo barely ever performs live, but this year they did and they did it big. The crowd was thinner than usual due to the rain, but they sure brought it.
By far the highlight of the night belonged to Tiesto. He came at us with a star-studded lineup within his set that ended with an absolute barrage of fireworks. By far the best collab was Tiesto and KSHMR. That brought this house down. Next up Day 2 review. Keep checking back.
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