Ultra Music Festival (UMF), set for March 27-29th, 2015 in Miami, has made a significant change in policy for next year's mega-festival. In a news release, UMF will be introducing a "minimum age of attendance" that is 18+ in the first time in its history:
“While we sincerely value the incredible ongoing support from our younger fans, we ultimately believe that Ultra Music Festival is a premium event geared towards adults. This decision has been made to reinforce and promote the safety of all Ultra Music Festival fans and to ensure the overall enjoyment of all future attendees. We are extremely grateful for all the support we have received from our younger fan base to date, and we encourage them to attend the festival once they reach the appropriate age. Until then, our free YouTube stream, ‘ULTRA LIVE’ is available worldwide for everyone, all ages to enjoy and to share in the Ultra experience.”
The new UMF security director, Ray Martinez, is also the former Miami Beach Police Chief, had this to say:
“The first step to having fun is feeling safe,” Martinez said, “We have chosen to adopt several new measures during next year’s festival to ensure our event is safe and secure. The first step to preserving the unique atmosphere that Ultra is famous for is to be proactive in attracting the right crowd.”
TomorrowWorld already has a 21+ requirement but this move by Ultra is major signal that the concept of an all ages EDM festival could come to an end in the near future.
To read the full statement, click here.