After a game of hardball that saw Miami officials flip flop from treating Ultra Music Festival like a thorn in their side to vying for its favor, the event looks to have a chance at returning to its longtime location. The Miami City Commission has authorized the city manager to offer the gathering's organizers an opportunity to return to Bayfront Park in 2020.
On the day before Ultra's organizers were supposed to meet with the commission to discuss their return to Virginia Key in 2020, they had announced that they were finalizing a different "South Florida location." Homestead-Miami Speedway and Lummus Park in South Beach both emerged as possibilities before the Miami City Commission held a "Sunshine Meeting" in which officials expressed a desire to keep the event in the city.
Ultra Music Festival has taken place annually since 1999. The first two editions called Collins Park in Miami Beach home, but for most of the festival's lifespan it graced Bayfront Park in Downtown Miami. After the 2018 edition, however, the Miami City Commission downvoted organizers' proposed contract to return there and the festival was forced to relocate to Virginia Key.
The move to Virginia Key elicited ire from nearby residents and local promoters alike. Following a tumultuous 2019 edition, Ultra's organizers had cited a "simply not good enough" festival experience among their main reasons for pursuing a venue outside of Miami
The item is set for vote on June 27th, 2019. The 2020 edition of Ultra Music Festival is slated to take place from March 27th-29th.