UMF is an annual massive electronic dance music festival that is held in major cities all over the world.
It started in 1999 in South Beach, Miami as a one-day festival, and now Ultra Miami is a three-day festival that takes place on two consecutive weekends. The biggest and best UMF festival is still in Miami, taking place outdoors in the middle of downtown with the incredible Miami skyline in the background. But now, UMF appears in Ibiza, Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo, Santiago, Seoul, Tokyo, Cape Town, Split, Hvar and Bogota…. And it is still rapidly expanding with new cities being added every year.
Over 1 million different people attend an Ultra Music Festival in 2013. That is how insane and popular this dance music festival is, and that’s why it’s a must-attend festival for all EDM music lovers.
What to Expect
Expect not to see every DJ that you want to see. Your favorite DJ might be playing on one stage, while 2 other big names are playing elsewhere. It’s impossible to see everyone, so you’ll have to pick and choose, because it takes 30 minutes just to walk from one end to the other.
Expect to see a lot of drugs. Of course, this is the case with any rave that you attend, but just be careful. Don’t take anything from anyone.
Expect to party all night after UMF! Unfortunately, it finishes at 12 (so lame), so make sure to have plans after because you will want to party all night.
Expect to see awesome neon lights everywhere, and crazy decorations on the main stage.
Yes, I realize that I didn’t attend the granddaddy Ultra Miami, which is a much bigger event than Ultra Korea. However, the production is put on by same company, so the experience is very similar- just on a smaller level. Of course, there aren’t nearly as many big name DJs that make their way to Seoul, but it’s still an energetic and lively atmosphere because Koreans love EDM more than anyone I’ve ever seen. If you want to know what Ultra Miami is like, then multiply everything that I am saying by 5.
Ultra Korea is held at the former Olympic Stadium in Gangnam. In other words, it is at a GIANT arena that can hold hundreds of thousands of people.
There were about 5 stages spread out around the Olympic Stadium. However, we spend the majority of our time at the main stage. The lights and production at the main stage were insane. I must admit that raving and dancing with Koreans is a blast! They go over the top with their dance moves and it is just too funny.
My favorite DJ’s that I saw were Above & Beyond, Steve Angello and W&W!
I wasn’t a fan that Ultra ended at 12 Midnight because that is just when the night is getting started. But fortunately, everyone got free entrance to many of the top night clubs in Seoul if you flash your Ultra wristband! Me and my three girlfriends were out until 8AM both nights club hopping and dancing to EDM. It was so much fun. I couldn’t walk on Sunday because my legs were so sore.
I can’t wait to go to UMF Miami!
Make Sure You…
– Have post UMF plans, because it finishes at 12. Go to a club!
– have 100% phone battery before you enter
– drink LOTS of water
– have a meeting spot to find your friends in case you get lost
– pregame before, because drinks are expensive inside
– get there early before all the big lines, and start having fun!