The highlight of South Africa's dance music calendar, #ULTRASA2017, has been and gone and left Ultranauts reeling with what was by far the biggest and most mind-blowing ULTRA SA has seen to date.
With artists like David Guetta, Martin Garrix and DJ Snake debuting new music in the country, a large increase in attendance across both cities, and the introduction of the Cape Town Stadium as the Mother City’s home base, it’s safe to say that 2017 was an epic year for the ULTRA South Africa brand.
On Friday, February 24, Cape Town Stadium welcomed 18, 000 people through its gates, which was an incredible increase upon the previous year. The new venue proved to be a huge hit with the fans, as acts like Dash Berlin and KSHMR played to the masses on the Main Stage, while Black Coffee and Nic Fanciulli and a whole host of local acts mesmerised the crowd at RESISTANCE.
In Johannesburg, Nasrec’s Expo Centre played host to an astonishing 30,000 revellers on Saturday, February 25, making it ULTRA South Africa’s largest one-day attendance to date. Joburg also introduced the Until Until stage, featuring some of South Africa’s hottest hip hop acts and MCs, and the Samsung Galaxy Stage which entertained partygoers from the afternoon until the early hours of the morning.
In Cape Town, the international artists came out in full support of the South African event and the local dance music scene, with Martin Garrix visiting the SOS Children’s Village on Thursday 23rd February, and DJ Snake, KSHMR and Nic Fanciulli attending the Bridges for Music Fundraiser on Thursday evening, and playing a large part in raising a significant amount of money for the charity during the course of the evening’s auction.
Russell Faibisch, Founder, CEO, President, Chairman and Executive Producer of ULTRA Worldwide said:
“As ULTRA continues to expand to all corners of the globe, we couldn’t be prouder of what we have built in South Africa over the last four years. It is a testament to the incredible fans there that ULTRA South Africa is now one of our longest-standing worldwide editions. We cannot wait to be back in 2018."
Shaun Duvet, partner in ULTRA South Africa said:
“As we do each year, we have wrapped 2017’s event with tired eyes but very happy hearts. ULTRA South Africa has truly come into its own and, with the involvement of our title sponsor Samsung, has raised the event bar in every way, and we are already planning how to keep this trajectory going with every coming year."
With a hugely successful fourth production officially wrapped and in the books, ULTRA South Africa can now look ahead to hosting its 5th anniversary in 2018.
About ULTRA Worldwide™
ULTRA WORLDWIDE™ IS THE GLOBAL EDITION OF THE WORLD’S PREMIER ELECTRONIC MUSIC EVENT, ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL®.
The ULTRA brand in relation to live events was founded in 1997 in Miami by Executive Producer, President & CEO, Russell Faibisch, who began by producing electronic music events which led to the inaugural Ultra Music Festival® in 1999 on the sands of Miami Beach.
The internationally renowned festival, which has taken place every March since its inception, celebrated its eighteenth anniversary on March 18-20, 2016 by bringing over 165,000 music enthusiasts to the sold out waterfront event in the heart of the City of Miami. Ultra Music Festival®, recently voted the world’s #1 Festival by DJ Mag, returns to Bayfront Park for its nineteenth annual edition on March 24-26, 2017.
Choosing to follow a unique and creative vision and a wholly organic growth focused on its true love for music, artists and fans alike, the ULTRA and ULTRA Worldwide™ brands represent not only the world’s biggest and most successful remaining INDEPENDENT electronic music festival brand, but also the most international festival brand in the world. Event organizers continue to transport the unrivaled experience from the Miami flagship festival to an ever-growing number of destinations and Ultranauts all over the globe.
Over the past eighteen years, thousands of the world’s most iconic DJs, producers and live acts have mesmerized audiences with awe-inspiring sets at ULTRA festivals in ARGENTINA, BALI, BRASIL, CHILE, CROATIA, IBIZA, JAPAN, KOREA, SOUTH AFRICA and of course MIAMI, as well as ROAD TO ULTRA® events in BOLIVIA, CHILE, COLOMBIA, JAPAN, KOREA, MACAU, PARAGUAY, PERU, THE PHILIPPINES, PUERTO RICO, SINGAPORE, TAIWAN, THAILAND and the USA.
Each new global edition has been founded on the same successful recipe that has been perfected over eighteen years in Miami, combining the most diverse electronic talent with the most technologically advanced, large-scale festival productions in the world.
The ULTRA brands have pioneered the live stream experience with ‘ULTRA LIVE’ (bringing the festival online to over 20 million unique viewers globally) and the audio broadcasting platform ‘UMF RADIO’ (syndicated to FM Radio in over 62 countries and reaching more than 22 million listeners weekly). Also UMF FILMS’ collaboration with FINAL KID has seen some of the most visually breathtaking festival aftermovies in the music space, including a feature-length documentary exploring the explosion of dance music, entitled CAN U FEEL IT™, which was premiered on the red carpet at the Klipsch Amphitheater in Miami in 2012 and was exhibited in over 500 theaters across the Unites States.
2016 saw the ULTRA and ULTRA WORLDWIDE™ brands continue to push the boundaries even further, bringing an unparalleled combination of cutting edge productions and the world’s best electronic acts back to previous strongholds and new frontiers across the globe.
With the SOLD-OUT edition of ULTRA Brasil® Rio de Janeiro on October 14-15, ULTRA Singapore™ having become a full scale two-day festival on September 10-11, RESISTANCE’s standalone South America Tour and ROAD TOULTRA®’s Hong Kong debut, the ULTRA brand has now united TWENTY COUNTRIES across FIVE CONTINENTS worldwide. In 2016 alone ULTRA WORLDWIDE™ produced TWENTY-SIX events spanning SEVENTEEN countries and FIVE continents.
Here are a couple of photos courtesy from the Red Bull Content Pool, UltraSA (Photo credit Rudgr.com, Rukes and SA Music News & Lifestyle Magazine.)
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