Ultra to Enforce Age Restriction and Anti-Drug Policy in 2015
Ultra 2014 via the festival
Miami, Florida -- It was revealed through flyers handed out at Electric Zoo over the weekend that Ultra Music Festival will put into place an 18+ age restriction for the first time in its 16-year run.
According to Consequence of Sound, the flyer also outlined a strict drug policy to be implemented at the 2015 event. "The safety and security of our attendees, artists/performers, and personnel are our utmost priority and concern," it read. "Event organizers maintain a zero tolerance policy respecting the possession, sale, contribution, or use of any illegal or illicit drugs or substances and any such possession, sale, contribution, or use is strictly prohibited." You can see the flyer below.
Ultra came under fire in 2014 following the tragic events at its festival in March, where a 28-year-old security guard was trampled, 83 were arrested, 118 were hospitalized, and a 21-year-old man died from a drug overdose. This prompted Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado to submit a resolution banning the festival from the city that was eventually withdrawn.
It's likely we'll see more steps like these in the coming months from promoters in an EDM scene currently plagued by drug-related deaths and rowdy attendees. After Electric Zoo's 2013 controversy and similar backlash from city officials, the festival returned in 2014 with increased security measures and an anti-drug initiative. Such actions led to a death-free festival with little drama (discounting the rain, of course).
Ultra Music Festival will take place March 27-29, 2015 at Bayfront Park in Miami, and ticket pre-registration begins September 15. It's never too early to start planning, so check out our Ultra Festival Guide for updates, travel insights, and local recommendations.
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