While Ultra China went off without a hitch last year at the Shanghai Expo Park, with headliners in Armin Van Buuren, Martin Garrix, Porter Robinson, DJ Snake, the brand’s expansion into two major Chinese cities isn’t going quite as planned. After a series of permit struggles drove Ultra Beijing‘s inaugural edition from the originally-planned festival site and into the city’s clubs, the same is happening for Ultra Shanghai‘s second edition.
It appears Ultra organizers are struggling to cohere to Chinese permitting laws as the Chinese government has long been antagonistic of American industries coming into their country. Just look to the Chinese social media platform, Wiebo, which was created in response to the country’s Facebook ban. Recently, rumors of Ultra Shanghai’s cancellation began circulating on the platform when the event had not yet posted a line-up a month out from the event.
Now, one week before the actual event is set to take place, the folks at Ultra China issued an official statement over Reddit that the event has been postponed “due to circumstances outside of [their] control.”
Fortunately for fans, the event has been re-structured as the ULTRA Shanghai Club Takeover, featuring a wide array of to-be-announced international talent. Organizers ended on a positive note, announcing the dates of Ultra Beijing for September 15-16.
Ultra nonetheless remains positive about the brand’s worldwide expansion, which has now spread to 23 countries.