Ultra Miami to cancel 2021 installment, organizers file for 2022 permit at Bayfront Park
In another round of rather unshocking news, Ultra Music Festival (UMF) 2021 is canceled before it could even begin. Organizers of the worldwide EDM event have said they’re prepared to cancel this year’s event in lieu of an ongoing pandemic. However, in a letter obtained by Billboard, they are requesting that City of Miami officials approve their permit request to stage the 2022 event in Bayfront Park before making the official announcement. The letter was dated January 21, 2021, wherein Ultra attorney Sandy York says to Miami city manager Arthur Noriega that the COVID-19 conditions which led city officials to cancel the festival in 2020 are still a threat to festival-goers this March.
“We anticipate that the City will again invoke the Force Majeure clause” York wrote in the license agreement to stage Ultra in 2022. Because the license requires the festival to take place over a single weekend in March, “we respectfully request the rescheduled dates to be March 25, 26, and 27, 2022.”
The letter resolves questions about whether Ultra, scheduled for March 26-28, would return this year after cancelling in 2020. A lineup for a 2021 festival was never announced, despite usually going out in December. Multiple artist managers and agents even told Billboard that booking offers for the 2021 edition were never sent out. This will mark the second year in a row Ultra Miami has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. UMF organizers hope to host the event March 25-27, 2022 at Bayfront Amphitheater.
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