Over the last few days, the hottest topic in electronic music could be the modification in dates for next year’s Winter Music Conference and Ultra Music Festival. The two music events have constantly coincided all through the last week of March, but still this year WMC takes place from March 8-12, even while Ultra Music Festival is around until the end of the month, opting for March 25-27. In a current statement issued by Winter Music Conference, it seems as though they were just as surprised as everyone else.
“At 12:57 a.m. today, Winter Music Conference’s founding Directors received an email from Ultra Music Festival notifying them that the 2011 Ultra Music Festival would not be presented during and in conjunction with the 2011 Winter Music Conference,” the statement read. “The notification was served despite a signed October 15, 2009 contract between the two entities.”
Ultra Music Festival and WMC appeared to be limited in a legal contract to operate in the course of the same week, but Ultra has concluded to go their own way. WMC made it very clear in their declaration that it “remains committed to the artists, delegates and fans that have made the program what it has become over the last 25 years.”
The recurring attendants of the events are now faced with a decision: Winter Music Conference or Ultra Music Festival? The true answer rests on the shoulders of Miami club owners. Will they keep going until the end of the March and revolve around Ultra Music Festival? Or, will they remain true to the event that presented the series of Miami nightclub events together in the first place?
Through the past few years Ultra Music Festival continues to be increasing in size and production level, with last year’s event on top of the charts. It’s appearing to take on an identity of its very own, a rational argument to branch out on their own. But then again, it falls on the shoulders of Miami nightlife. One pronounced nightclub owner has already indicated his sentiments on the situation in an email released earlier today.
“This year and once again, Ultra is trying to monopolize WMC by engaging exclusive contracts with all major DJs which will not allow them to perform at your favorite dance clubs,” said Louis Puig, owner of Club Space. “You either pay the overpriced Ultra admission, or you don’t get to see and dance to your favorite DJ at all.”
In the letter, Puig, a very large nightlife figure in Miami for the past two decades, insists that Ultra’s “greedy” actions are attempting to “manipulate and monopolize Music Conference.”
Owning one of the most fashionable Miami nightclubs during WMC gives Puig quite the voice in this disagreement. He feels that the ending result of “who gets the events” belongs purely to the fans.
“This year you have a chance to make a difference and bring back what Music Conference and Electronic Music used to be about,” Puig says in the statement. “You can either come to Miami on the last week of March, support the greedy monopoly… or you can come the second week of March, claim back your wallet and your nightlife.”
He additionally made it clear that he would be going along with the Winter Music Conference dates, closing up the statement with, “See you the second week in March.”
Even though it seems exceedingly crystal clear as to when Club Space will be handling their “Music Conference” events next year, it still leaves the rest of Miami nightlife to decide. Yes, in some way Puig is correct by professing that it’s up to the fans; on the other hand, the events have to be disclosed before the fans can actually make up their minds.
Various Miami nightclubs may have definitely booked their events and made production plans for the end of March. It’s complicated to reschedule events of that caliber and production level once contracts have been made and arrangements have been coordinated. The subject will incrementally unravel in the coming days ahead, and the fans are by this time beginning to make themselves heard.