Beach, Beats, and Bedlam: A Guide to Ultra Music Festival (Miami) 2012

Once again, the international dance music community is converging on Miami for the 2012 edition of Miami Music Week and Winter Music Conference. For 9 days, fans of dance music can sample a plethora of events ranging from technical expos, industry panels, posh club events and dirty basemet raves.

After a less-than-acrimonious split from Winter Music Conference last year, Ultra Music Festival returns to its true home as the culminating event of Winter Music Conference. This is fantastic news not only for fans and festival attendees, but for the labels and artists that want to showcase their talents during one of dance music’s most heralded events. As if this news wasn’t big enough, Ultra Music Festival made a major announcement last month, outlining details for Ultra Music Festival Worldwide. UMF Worldwide events in Buenos Aires (Argentina), Warsaw (Poland) and Seoul (South Korea) will augment the already popular Ultra Brasil, making UMF a worldwide brand. Ultra Miami 2012 hopes to set the bar for this year’s upcoming global events.

Following in the tradition of recent lineups, this year’s bill of fare ranges from the hottest of the hot (David Guetta, Skrillex, Kaskade) to the toast of the underground (Richie Hawtin) to some of electronic music’s foundation artists (New Order, Kraftwerk). Sporting 3 stages and close to 100 acts, Ultra Music Fesival promises to transform Miami’s Bayfront Park into dance music’s mecca March 23-25.

As with other festivals of this magnitude, smartphone apps for iPhone and Android are available that contain maps, custom scheduling, freidn groups, multimedia content, and much more. This yearr, specialty stages and arenas include:

  • Carl Cox & Friends (w/ Richie Hawtin, Loco Dice, Dubfire, and Jon Rundell, 3/23)
  • Carl Cox presents Cocoon (w/ Magda, Seth Troxler, Cassy, Yousef, and Maetrik, 3/24)
  • Armin van Buuren A State of Trance 550 (w/ ATB, Gareth Emery, Ferry Corsten, Dash Berlin, Sander van Doorn, Cosmin Gate, Tritonal, Jochen Miller, Marcus Schossow, and Eco, 3/25)
  • SPACE Ibiza (featuring John Digweed, Steve Lawler, Gui Boratto, Adam Beyer, Joris Voorn, Nic Fanciulli, Layo & Bushwacka!, Popof, Remo, and RioTGeaR, 3/25)
  • Annie Mac Presents… (w/ Busy P, Dillon Francis, Switch, Tensnake, Brodinski, Gesaffelstein, Nadastron, Sinden, and Jackmaster, 3/24)
  • UMF Worldwide (featuring Seth Troxler, James Jones, Damian Lazarus, Art Department, Lee Foss, Maya Jane Coles, Tale Of Us, Deniz Kurtel Live, REnato Ratier, Ammie Graves, and Christopher James, 3/25)
  • UMF Korea (featuring Wolfgang Gartner, Dada Life, Groove Armada DJ set, Dirty South, Porter Robinson, Madeon, Chris Lake, Michael Woods, and Tommy Trash, 3/23)
  • UMF Buenos Aires (featuring Nobody Beats The Drum, DJ Muggs, Camo & Krooked, Treasure Fingers, Alvin Risk, MiMOSA, Paper Diamond, and Kissy Sell Out, 3/23)
  • UMF Brasil (featuring Borgore, Datsik, Andy C, Pendulum DJ set, Flux Pavilion b2b Doctor P, 12th Planet, Zed’s Dead, Skream! & Benga, Mt. Eden, Big Chocolate, and High Contrast b2b Netsky, 3/24)

These are just the on-site activities, with nearly every hotel, club, and tucked-away hotspot in South Beach vying for top talent for the many afterparties that push the feeling well into the daylight hours. We’ll be providing on-site reports throughout the weekend in our exclusive coverage for

Rudy Kizer is the host and producer of “Hit The Decks“, Sundays at 10pm on X103, and is amped to put the band back together for one more run at Miami this weekend.

Ultra Music Festival 2012 Full Lineup

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