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1. Weekend 1 & 2 in numbers

2. Ibiza & Asot Stage Comparison

3. Bass Station & Jacked Stage Comparison

4. Ultra Europe, OWSLA, Dropzone & Trapped Stage Comparison

5. Mainstage Comparison

6. Weekend 1 Must See Artists

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March 15, Friday = 47March 16, Saturday = 61March 17, Sunday = 71

Total = 179

Number of acts per day:


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March 22, Friday = 47March 23, Saturday = 76March 24, Sunday = 72

Total = 195

Number of acts per day:

Quality, not quantity. At this level, an increase in total number of acts have no significance whatsoever in the quality of the weekend. W2 has 16 acts more acts but your availability to visit stages doesnt

grow with more acts overall.


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• This stage is basically the Main Stageof Ultra on Friday, Weekend 2.

This means we get to see Tiesto and EricPrydz in a closed stage, thats exciting and

different. Plus, we ignore the typicalMain stage performance that repeats

year after year at Miami.

• European heroes of modern trancegather under Armin’s huge infrastructure.

Yes, they are great. But weve seen themcountless times at Ultra.

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•The “pit” of Ultra (Dante’s last circle in hell, a must


• Less identity than the bass music andD&B Scene

• Bass music & Drum and Bass • Dutch House/Electro House

• That crowd has watched Afrojack andSidney Samson way too much.

Sidney Samson is alright.

• Tantrum Desire is THE SHIT.

D&B legends anyone?

• The different tent. Its important to have a niche in this massive events

• Compilation of recurrent Ultra acts

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I like Dropzone and Trapped better than Ultra Europe. (OWSLA, label of Skrillex is as good as them)

But, heres the tricky part…• 4 artists of Dropzone are already on Main

Stage on Weekend 1.

• OWSLA is a label Stage. Dropzone andTrapped are “Ultra-created”.

That means we have dubstep at accessible times (and on main stage )

• 2 of the best stages cancell each other out

• Concentrates raw and heavy sound in one day

There are still good heavy acts outside this though)

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Tiesto is the reason why im writing about EM today (I call it Electronic Music, not everything electronic is dance music, as the term EDM erroneously stands). But he has been a Main Stage act every single year at Ultra, so its ok for first timers to visit, hes the

legend. But not a stop in my journey.

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You knew Avicii was going to be a Main Stage act before the early bird tickets came out. 0 surprise. He repeats a good part of his

Tomorrowland set on EVERY single performance. Dude, it just takes some days to mashup something different than Dennis Koyu and The Who. Hes been flying in the Levels cloud way too long. Better

bring him as Tim Berg and change the style a bit.

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“Hello, yes, this is David Guetta. What? No, i dont mix and perform live very often. Yes i have 22 Billboard top 40s, yes im a millionaire. Yeah i had a lot of talent back then hosting Paris nightclubs but i sold out and now i

produce for big names that use me”. Well, he made it big for a lot of producers, so thank you and fuck off


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I do like Calvin Harris. His set at T In the Park in 2011 is beautiful and he sings, so… yes there is merit in the process. Still, i think hes more concerned about getting big in the pop charts than anything else.

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My favorite song ever is not some dark underground tune, its “Calling” from Alesso and Ingrosso. Hes very crafty and accentuates the bass with

style and power. But in my opinion his sets sound the same as many artists that play mainstream prog house nowadays.

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This girls are just OK. They make better make up commercials than they spin turntables. I saw the short-haired chick asking what to do with the

decks at Tomorrowland 2012. For me, a product of beauty and a reason to attract the media and crowd using looks intead of tunes. They have some good productions but they are always collaborations. There you have it.

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Laidback Luke and Benassi are great producers but i think the new wave of EM is scalating quickly and displaying talent and heavy lines which are

better than theirs.Eric Prydz is a genious. Gervais is the soul of the Miami Space terrace and Dirty South

productions are animalistic. Lets be fair.

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Knife fucking Party. Death Electro and music to have a seizure to. Whats remarkable in great acts such as this one is the musical background, Swire

and McGrillen have it with Pendulum. They played Main Stage at Glastonbury and produced one of the most savage records of 2012. Highly

elaborated noise and ear-piercing music.

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Porter Robinson. Prodigy of the New Electro. From his basement to Main Stage. Hes exactly what our scene needs, 100% original and astonishingly

powerful beats. Flexibility and innovation. Raw bangers, versatile productions and meaningful remixes. The kid has got it all.

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Hardwell has this hard hitting style with deep feeling that reminds me of Tiesto. His mashups have a mixure of high style and bombastic

productions. Hes one of the faces of new electro and progressive house, and his sets are capable of destroying any Main Stage at festivals.

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Joshua Steele aka Flux Pavilion. The fury of UK Dubstep and one of the best acts of modern electronic music around. Owner of Circus Label and even a singer. Theres a sweet energy and joyful feeling in his music. The mix of high pitch and heavy bassdrops makes him one of the best djs at

Main Stage this year.

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Hugo Pierre Leclercq. The kid with the golden touch. His number 1 attribute is the style. Smooth, elegant and cheerful productions with

versatile basslines. Hes minimixes and rapid changing tunes makes him a must see. A variety of influences and a touch of french electronic style is

visible in his music, after all, thats were Daft Punk came from.

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I think Kaskade and A-track are the best american producers. Ive been listening to Kaskade since his mellow-house driven productions. I saw him at Coachella and he literally destroyed the crowd with massive progressive

energy. Also he was the big act at EDC LV last year and sold out Staples Center at LA. One of the scene heroes.

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Wolfgang Gartner, the genious. His hard pounding tracks are a mixture of brain melting electro and high pitch house. One of the few who stay true

to the scene and a voice for us who truly love electronic music and not the hype of it.

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ARAABMUZIKFriday/Weekend 1

The crafty master of drum machines. One of the fastest live djs in the world.

Delievers hard hitting bass music made out of a complex amount of samples.

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JAMIE JONESFriday/Weekend 1

From London’s underground scene to Ibiza’s fabulous events. Groovy house and

techno star Jamie Jones goes big in Carl Cox & Friends Arena this year.

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BOYS NOIZEFriday/Weekend 1

The black angel of techno music, laber owner and majestic producer. Massive audiovisuals, being ½ of DOG BLOOD, original sets and a powerful noise machine makes him one of the best acts


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Live, raw and in-your-face experimental electronic music. Alice connects with the audience while striking variations of noise stick

into your ears like bullets.

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NICOLAS JAARFriday/Weekend 1

“Space is Only Noise” is an artwork. His minimalistic view of electronic music is genious. And his focus on details makes his

music as enjoyable as a ride in a calm river.

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PRETTY LIGHTSSaturday/Weekend 1

Derek Vincent Smith, one of the main attractions on Saturday. Unique sound, overwhelming stage visuals and soulful tracks are

Pretty Lights specialty. He produced hip hop in his early days, something that has influenced his style and sound in a big way.

Funky drops, swaggy tunes and a bright future for this star.

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ALVIN RISKSaturday/Weekend 1

Mauricio Alvarado, the best of the OWSLA label and stage. Moombahcore producer and one of the few hardcore acts that

develops a style of his own. Raw power and fresh beats make him relevant in this scene.

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MAJOR LAZERSunday/Weekend 1

Diplo’s sound through a different perspective. The caribbean-core movement joins the Amphitheater of Ultra this year to wave the flag

of Major Lazer and to give us a peek at their new album Free The Universe. A concept that was born with Switch and Diplo, now in the

hands of one the best producers around.

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RUSKOSunday/Weekend 1

Chris Mercer, the sound of underground Leeds arrives to Ultra Worldwide Stage. Dark UK-Dubstep and savage Drum & Bass,

hooligan attitude on stage and massive bass driven productions are part of this must see act.

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DILLON FRANCISSunday/Weekend 1

Moombahcore Star. Owner of a unique happy-low tempo-hardcore style that gets him the spotlight under the Trapped Stage, a

collective of the best Moombah and Trap acts in USA. He’s one of the reasons i bought an early bird ticket to Ultra this year.

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Happy Ultra.