An historic 20th edition of Ultra Music Festival took off yesterday. At Bayfront Park, right by the bay, we saw – via livestream – some moments that will for sure be remembered for ages. Here’s a brief summary of what happenned.
Starting with the underground, we had a full-time stream of Resistance, courtesy of Be-At.tv. Names such Sasha & John Digweed, Nic Fanciulli, Hot Since 82, Coyu, Pete Tong, Adam Beyer and the one and only Carl Cox, spreaded across the Megastructure and tha Arcadia Spider, made the list. The Drumcode leader (Beyer) played his new record, still an ID, with his protégée Layton Giordani, whilst Cox, between some other features and a sea of new stuff, played an unknown track that is causing lots of speculation within the community due to its quality. Also, kudos for Sasha and Digweed. The British duo opened the hostilities with a great acid house-filled performance.
Seven hours of Resistance, however, were partly shared with performances in the Live Stage. Despite not having its own livestream, this stage made several appearences in the main schedule, namely with performances by rapper Azealia Banks (below), the bizzarre but interesting Fischerspooner, Porter Robinson as Virtual Self, and finally the Australian duo Empire Of The Sun, who delighted the crowd when they played the famous “Walking On A Dream” song.
📽 Azealia Banks performando "BBD" no Ultra Music Festival 2018. pic.twitter.com/LEMWUBuVdA
— Portal Azealia Banks (@siteazealiabr) March 24, 2018
We proceed the journey by climbing one more step away from the underground, with the renowned Worldwide stage, one of the favourites within the rave experts. Opened by Japanese DJ Ksuke, developed by Slushii and closed with a dashing Flosstradamus set (scroll down and listen to it), the lineup of the Worldwide Stage lived up to the hype. Moments like Flosstradamus (a solo project since 2016) dropping his instant classic collab with Troyboi, “Soundclash“, and the energetic 20 minutes of Slushii made the day. However, there was something disappointing: we weren’t able to see Rezz. She’s currently on fire and the livestream schedule didn’t include her.
All stages have their charm, but most eyes were focused on the Mainstage. All mainstage acts were broadcasted. By cronological order: Raiden, Kungs, Oliver Heldens, Steve Aoki, Armin Van Buuren, Hardwell, DJ Snake, and Axwell /\ Ingrosso stepped the biggest stage of them all. There were lots of good spots. However, we’ll highlight Kungs’ and Heldens’ new songs (still IDs as well), being the latter a cheeky collaboration between HI-LO and Chocolate Puma, Hardwell‘s progressive house new song – much likely with Kaaze -, DJ Snake’s new future house single, and the time he had with J Balvin and the Pardon My French crew as well, and last but not least the A /\ I set. There was no reunion (yet), but they perfectly delivered it anyways. A honorable mention to Armin Van Buuren too, as he absolutely dazzled the world with a thrilling performance, equal to himself. He played his new tune together with Shapov called “Last Dancer”.
And that was our review! Do you agree with this “list” we mentioned? What spots did we miss out? Tell us on our social media or comment below! The future is now!