Music, Artists, & Lineup

Ultra Music Festival features a large variety of electronic music performers. These artists are announced in groups called “phases.” “Phase 1” is the first lineup announcement followed by “Phase 2” and usually “Phase 3.” These phases are not to be confused with “Tiers,” which are used to distinguish ticketing options. “Phase” number simply refers to the order in which artists are announced, and has nothing to do with the day that an artist is playing. An exact schedule of performers is announced in advance of the event. We recommend using the Ultra Worldwide Mobile App to create your schedule. During the event, you will be notified 15 minutes prior to each scheduled artist’s performance, so you won’t miss a minute of the action.

There are approximately 8 stages at the event. Every single artist on the lineup will be scheduled to perform, in person, at the event. Usually the performances are DJ sets, where an artist mixes music on turntables for an extended period of time. On the Live Stage (and sometimes other stages), there are performances the event organizers designate as “live” performances because they involve live instrumentation of some kind, whether it be drums, guitar, live synths, vocals, etc.

The festival’s stages have a variety of names, but they are all located within the confines of the event grounds and are accessible at any time during the event with any ticket you purchase. In particular, the “Ultra Worldwide” stage pays homage to our worldwide events, and the “UMF Radio” stage honors our weekly radio broadcast in 64 countries to an estimated 20 million listeners each week. The other stages also feature artists who will be performing in person.

Other than the artists and performers on our announced lineups, there are often some unannounced special guests that make surprise appearances at the event. These special guests will not be advertised in advance, but there will usually be a variety of these appearances. Usually such special guests are announced minutes before they are scheduled to take the stage via a push notification from the official Ultra Worldwide Mobile App.

Historically, many artists choose Ultra Music Festival to debut their new music because of the vast international audience viewing and listening at home and due to it being the first major festival of the year. If an artist chooses to play new music instead of the songs you are used to, try to be open-minded as this is a pivotal moment in the evolution of such artists’ career.

One of the biggest mistakes first-time attendees make is neglecting to explore the entire event. Every year, we have thousands of attendees tell us that their favorite performances of the weekend were from artists that they had never even heard of beforehand, and just stumbled upon the stage and performer accidentally. Every single stage is packed with the best talent in the world from open until close. You will often see an artist that would headline other festivals playing an early slot on a side stage. We go to great lengths to make sure that, no matter where you go or when, you will be able to listen to top talent.

You can view all previous event lineups here.