Five lots of $98.95: Ultra Music Festival’s ticket payment plan

You had to be very quick to pick up an Early Bird or Advance ticket for the 2014 edition of Ultra Music Festival in Miami. From there, the price of the three-day ticket combo – $399.95 plus a $90.05 service fee – has caused some static with Ultra devotees who don’t have the cash. Now comes the next move from Ultra: you can pay in instalments, laying down $98.95 any time before October 15, then the same again each month until January 15th. All up, it scrapes past $500 inclusive of all ticketing fees, roughly the same as the standard GA ticket. Then it is time to find that hotel…

Over two weekends back in March, 330,000 ‘Ultranauts’ descended on Bayfront Park for the 15th anniversary of Ultra Music Festival, while millions more tuned in online to the YouTube live stream. A full ‘after-movie’ is set to be revealed in the coming months. In the four-minute teaser trailer released a few months back (see below), you’ll see glimpses of the DJs at the centre of some no-expense-spared production, the Ultra devotees who packed out the park and a whole lot of sweeping moments. Soon after the second weekend, Ultra locked in the dates of 28, 29 and 30 March 2014.

A crack production team was assembled to bring Ultra Music Festival to life in 2013, with ‘The Most Technically Advanced Main Stage Design in History’. Such scale doesn’t come cheap. This video captures a sense of the scale and the spectacle, with “the latest in staging automation technology, video, set design, and creative LED video systems, plus 12 32-watt full color lasers, over 12,000 shots of pyrotechnics and over 1050 intelligent lights.” UMF then continued on to Croatia for its European debut in July, with Avicii, Armin van Buuren, Afrojack, Steve Aoki, Hardwell and many more.