Organisers of Miami’s Ultra Music Festival have defended themselves against criticism following a number of incidents at this year’s event, while confirming plans to return in 2015 – against the wishes of the local mayor.
A man who attended the festival, which took place between March 28-30, was found dead in his car on Saturday night (March 29) with police investigating the death and refusing to rule out the role of drugs. Meanwhile, security guard Erica Mack is in a critical condition in hospital after being trampled by people getting into the festival.
However, a post on Ultra’s official Facebook page confirms that the festival will return in 2015 while Pitchfork reports on a statement issued by organiser defending themselves against criticism that a lax stance on security led to the problems.
The statement claims that 257 police officers per day (49 more per day than last year), 18 undercover officers, 28 additional officers per day on the perimeter and inside the event, and 12 bike details were all present on site for each of the three days it ran.
Those behind the festival have vowed to look into their security, however, with a view to improving things in 2015. “This review will include an assessment with the Miami Police Department of how security can be enhanced immediately outside our gates to prevent a criminal incident of this nature from happening again,” reads the statement.
Miami mayor Tomas Regalado has already called for the festival to be cancelled next year, accusing Ultra organisers of “acting irresponsibly” over security and saying he will campaign to make sure those behind the festival are denied permits in the future.
Dizzee Rascal, Diplo, Skrillex (pictured), MIA, Tiesto, MGMT, Empire Of The Sun, Chase And Status, David Guetta and Afrojack all performed at Ultra this year.