On May 8th, Ultra Music Festival's organizers beat the Miami City Commission to the punch by voluntarily leaving their new home of Virginia Key before a May 9th vote on the matter was set to take place. They expressed plans to formally announce the gathering's new location, but this time around officials may have beat them to the punch.
According to the Miami Herald, Homestead City Manager George Gretsas said that Ultra staff have been in talks with the Homestead-Miami Speedway. The race car track - which typically serves as a venue for NASCAR and IndyCar Series events - is between 45 minutes and an hour south of Miami proper.
Ultra's relocation to Virginia Key was met with outcry from nearby residents and rival promoters alike. Following the 2019 edition, the festival's organizers had to choose between the uphill battle of winning over stakeholders (including attendees) or securing another venue for the foreseeable future. "After listening to feedback from many of you (including over 20,000 fans who took our post-event survey), it is clear that the festival experience on Virginia Key was simply not good enough," they wrote in a statement.
The 2020 edition of Ultra Music Festival will run from March 27th-29th. The event's organizers have not specified when they plan to publicly announce the new venue.