In lieu of the Arcadia Spectacular team removing their iconic Spider stage from Glastonbury 2019, it seems the same may be happening for Ultra Miami‘s 21st installation. The Ultra organizing body recently announced their initial 2019 line-up, which includes an exciting new class of live headliners in GRiZ, Illenium, and more, as well as plans for their new venue relocation into Virginia Key Beach Park and Miami Marine Stadium.
The move marks Ultra’s forth time switching locations in its decades-long history — and with major moves comes major changes. Closer inspection of the festival’s first phase line-up reveals the stage takeovers: Martin Garrix’s STMPD RCRDS, ODESZA’s Foreign Family, Armin van Buuren’s A State Of Trance, and Richie Hawtin’s PLAYdifferently. The line-up also lists out the festival’s historied stages: Ultra main stage, Live Arena, Ultra Worldwide, UMF Radio, and RESISTANCE.
In Bayfront Park, Ultra’s RESISTANCE block housed the iconic traveling Arcadia Spider stage, which has long been a main festival attraction. However, the Arcadia Spider does not even appear on the line-up as it has in past years. Upon further digging into the Resistance website, it states “This year RESISTANCE will be hosted on its very own island in the Historic Virginia Key Beach Park, as it takes on a larger role than ever within the festival.”
Far more questions than answers arise out of Ultra’s vague plans for RESISTANCE in 2019. Does this mean the Arcadia Spider stage is no more? Does it mean that, much like the planned Arcadia Block 9 expansion at Glastonbury, Ultra 21 has something similar planned for RESISTANCE island? Remembering back to last year, Ultra 20 did split RESISTANCE into the Carl Cox Mega Structure and the smaller Arcadia Spider stage last year.
Whatever the case, Ultra 21 has new plans for the RESISTANCE brand that don’t include Arcadia’s traveling Spider. All good things, as they say, must come to an end.
H/T: EDM Sauce