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5 Ultra Sets That Went Down In History

Ultra Music Festival kicks off tomorrow, marking the commencement of Winter Music Conference and Miami Music Week's flagship event and drawing thousands of electronic dance music fans to Miami for the weekend. Ultra predates the explosion of EDM in America, with this year being the 17th year in the festival's extensive history. Each year, a few performances seem to transcend the event to go on and influence electronic music as a whole. For this list, we decided to look back at five of the most epic Ultra sets from recent years. From Hardwell to Justice, these insane sets are sure to get you pumped for this year's fest.  

1. Jack Ü - 2014 

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One of the first live sets for the Skrillex and Diplo group, Jack Ü revitalized the Ultra main stage during the final day, with a tracklist that went from Skrillex and Diplo favorites to songs from The Lion King


2. Hardwell - 2013 Weekend 1 

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Hardwell transformed from high-tier performer to headlining act with this set at the first weekend of Ultra 2013. A set so magnifying that its hype took Twitter down for a few minutes, the performance would define Hardwell's career forever. 

3. Justice - 2012 

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French progressive house and electro house duo Justice decimated the main stage crowd with a live set driven by their small but influential catalogue. 

4. The Chemical Brothers - 2011 

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Genre-bending duo The Chemical Brothers defied expectations with an elaborate production rig, interactive visuals and a career-spanning set. 

5. Swedish House Mafia - 2010

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Legendary Ultra sets tend to launch careers into the stratosphere, and the Swedish House Mafia set at Ultra 2010 was no exception. Axwell, Sebastian Ingrosso and Steve Angello became overnight sensations, and debuted their quintessential track "One." 

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