This time of year is supposed to be Miami’s dry season. That definitely wasn’t the case on the second day of Ultra Music Festival 2017. Gray clouds hung over Bayfront Park eventually drenching the festival.
However, it wasn’t exactly like last year’s storm. Back then, several performances were scrapped. This year, the show went on. And thank the dance gods for that, because Saturday’s lineup was packed with powerhouse performances by Axwell & Ingrosso, Sasha and John Digweed, Dubfire, Ice Cube, the Prodigy, Afrojack, and more. Stages like the Carl Cox Megastructure provided the most coverage from the rain, but attendees made due with whatever could keep them dry. (Ultra even made a killing selling festival-branded ponchos.)
And New Times braved the elements to bring you these highlights from Saturday.
Dubfire at Arcadia Spider
Unlike the Carl Cox stage, the Spider provided virtually no shield from the rain. However, techno fans didn’t let that stop them from enjoying Dubfire’s set. The Iranian DJ’s music was the perfect sound track for the apocalyptic setting that included plenty of standing water even after the skies cleared. And instead of avoiding the muddy mess, the audience kept stomping to the beat. The flames seemed to go into overdrive, which was a welcome surprise thanks to the chill that hung in the air. However, even for all the music, the Spider continued to be the star of the show, which included projection mapping that changed the look of the structure throughout the night. – Jose D. Duran
Digweed & Sasha at the Carl Cox Tent
As in a scene from a high stake ’90s thriller or a particularly momentous coming-of-age movie, the stakes felt high. Because Digweed & Sasha dispensed with the gaudy visuals that occupied so many other acts in the Cox tent, audiences were able to focus on them doing what it is they do best, namely, keeping the spirit of ’90s rave culture alive. There was a considerable period in the set when no one could dance….