The deadly coronavirus has just claimed another victim, and it’s a big one. In an announcement that saddened music fans everywhere, Miami city officials confirmed that the US Ultra Music Festival had been postponed.
— Zedd (@Zedd) March 4, 2020
The three-day event, headlined by big-names Flume, Gesaffelstein and Zedd, was originally slated to kick off on March 20. Plans were thrown in uncertainty, however, with fears a potential coronavirus outbreak could put the safety of festival-goers in jeopardy.
On Wednesday morning, Miami mayor Francis Suarez held a press conference to call for the event’s postponement. Just a few short hours later, Suarez, commissioner Joe Carollo and city manager Art Noriega confirmed the postponement to reporters.
Fans and artists joined in harmonious disappointment online, but with tickets and accommodation already booked, you can bet Miami will still be pumping come March 20.
Y’all laughed at me for wearing a helmet…
— marshmello (@marshmellomusic) March 4, 2020
There’s no word yet when Ultra Music Festival will return, or if it will at all. An official announcement is predicted to land on Friday morning once legal issues tied to the decision have been resolved, but it doesn’t look good. A source that reportedly has knowledge of the deal told The Miami Herald that the Ultra Music Festival organisers intend to postpone the event until 2021.
Ultra Miami … ?
— DJ SNAKE (@djsnake) March 4, 2020
It comes just days after big-name brands Amazon, TikTok, Vevo, Facebook and Twitter all dropped out of Texas-based music festival SXSW 2020, pending the emerging threat. Unlike Ultra, SXSW will still go ahead, despite the looming threat.
“Right now, there’s no evidence that closing South by Southwest or other activities is going to make this community safer,” Mark Escott, the interim medical director for Austin Public Health said, according to Hypebot. “We’re constantly monitoring that situation.”
“If we make the recommendation to shut down SXSW, people will still come here, without that organizational structure that SXSW provides. All along SXSW has been extremely responsive.”
Back home in Oz, our festival future looks secure. The Australian 2020 Ultra Music Festival planned for this weekend will still go ahead, so slap on a face mask and crack into all that hand sanitizer you’ve been stockpiling.