Will you pardon my French here, but holy fucken shit balls!!! Speculation was rife but now the news is official… The Ultra Music Festival is coming to South Africa for the first time in February 2014! Can you handle it? The biggest electomusic festival will be heading to Mzansi in mid February. Wondering who is coming? How’s this:
Phase one might I add… More to come! The festival will be held in both Jozi and Cape Town. Here’s where:
FEBRUARY 14 – OSTRICH FARM, CAPE TOWN
FEBRUARY 15 – NASREC SHOWGROUNDS, JOHANNESBURG
TICKETS ON SALE 9AM (SAST) NOVEMBER 1, 2013
The official press release is listed below:
Following months of speculation and anticipatory hearsay from hopeful dance music enthusiasts across all corners of the globe, ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL have today put the rumors to rest by revealing that the World’s Premier Electronic event will be heading to the iconic cities of Cape Town & Johannesburg for the first ever edition of ULTRA SOUTH AFRICA in February 2014.
Gracing Cape Town Ostrich Farm [February 14] and Nasrec Showgrounds, Johannesburg [February 15] with the unique and unrivalled experience for which it is so globally famed, ULTRA SOUTH AFRICA will be the first, and by far the biggest, event of its kind to hit the African continent when it lands in early 2014.
What’s more, headlining the entire event will be none other than Dutch superstar DJ, producer and Musical Freedom label boss TIËSTO! A firm favourite with Ultra fans across the world, and without doubt one of the planet’s most in demand DJs, Tiësto will be supported by an array of fellow countrymen, in the form of bona fide überstar NICKY ROMERO and chart-topping duo W&W. Flying the flag for Sweden will be 22-year old superstar ALESSO, whilst Chicago-based trio KREWELLA look set to provide the much needed injection of bass to proceedings!
If that weren’t enough, joining these international big hitters in the first wave of talent to be announced, will be a whole host of South Africa’s finest talent and local heroes in the form of Cape Town based duo GOLDFISH, underground house star BLACK COFFEE and the stellar three-piece outfit hailing from Johannesburg, MI CASA. Last but by no means least, legendary house music partners EUPHONIK & DJ FRESH will be stepping up to represent South Africa in style.
Having already established gargantuan events in Miami, Argentina, Chile, Croatia, Brazil, Korea and Ibiza in its 15-year history, ULTRA SOUTH AFRICA will be the EIGHTH international edition of the Miami super festival, making it the most international festival brand in the world by quite some way. Guaranteeing the same level of world-class talent, along with the meticulous attention to detail and world-beating production that characterizes all of their worldwide events, Ultra South Africa will bring its unique experience to a new market, increasingly hungry for dance music.
Russell Faibisch – Founder, Executive Producer and CEO of Ultra Music Festival and Ultra Worldwide shared his excitement by saying:
“South Africa is without a doubt one of the most burgeoning territories in the world when it comes to their ever-growing enthusiasm towards electronic music. Their demand for world-class electronic acts has become truly overwhelming of late, and the infrastructure in place to put on an event like Ultra is healthier than it’s ever been. This thriving scene, coupled with the additional fact that the two venues we’ve found for the first edition are some of the most beautiful I’ve ever come across, made the decision to expand into Africa an extremely exciting one to make.”
Adam Russakoff – Executive Producer, Talent Booker and Director of Business Affairs for Ultra Music Festival and Ultra Worldwide went on to say:
“If there’s one ethos that characterizes each and every one of our worldwide events, it’s the unmatched experience that we offer our fans. This unique ‘Ultra’ experience is ultimately achieved by delivering the very best forward-thinking lineups alongside unbeatable production values, and I can absolutely guarantee that next year’s inaugural edition of Ultra South Africa will be no exception. The local promoters we’ve chosen to work with have an exceptional reputation for putting on the biggest and very best events in South Africa and our expansion into such a booming market is something I’m very much looking forward to.”
Shaun Duvet, MD at Electric Music – the South African partner and co-organizer of the festival – added:
“Over the past three years we (Electric) have successfully toured the world’s biggest DJs and in doing so feel that the South African audience has been building up momentum to take on a festival of massive proportion… All electronically focused of course. Having been to Ultra Miami and Europe, we felt the market was indeed ready for Ultra, South Africa, and judging by the levels of anticipation here, it is.”
Ultra South Africa is strictly an 18 and over event.
TICKETS GO ON SALE
9AM (SAST) NOVEMBER 1, 2013
Ticket prices for each event are as follows:
CAPE TOWN – FEBRUARY 14, 2013
GATES OPEN 2PM
Early Bird – R600
Phase 1 – R700
Phase 2 – R800
Phase 3 – TBA
Phase 1 – R900
Phase 2 – R1100
Phase 3 – TBA
JOHANNESBURG – FEBRUARY 15, 2013
GATES OPEN 12PM
Early bird – R650
Phase 1 – R750
Phase 2 – R850
Phase 3 – TBA
Phase 1 – R1200
Phase 2 – R1500
Phase 3 – TBA
Phase 1 – R3000
Phase 2 – TBA