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Ultra caps one of the biggest weeks in music

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David Guetta is among Ultra’s headliners.

The bass is thumping, feet are dancing and the liquor is definitely flowing on the other side of the country for Miami Music Week. And the three-day Ultra Music Festival is the perfect finale.

For the past 19 years, Ultra has paved the way for electronic music. Not only does it mark the beginning of festival season, the Bayfront Park fest is the one place where you’re guaranteed to catch some of your favorite DJs and electronic musicians debuting new material before anyone else gets to hear it.

This year’s live headliners include Diplo’s dancehall-inspired trio Major Lazer, ’90s English acts The Prodigy and Underworld, rapper Ice Cube, French duo Justice and electronic musician Zhu. Vegas club mainstays abound on the DJ headliner list: David Guetta, Above & Beyond, Afrojack, Alesso, Axwell^Ingrosso, Dash Berlin, DJ Snake, Martin Garrix, Galantis, Hardwell, Steve Aoki, Tiësto and Zedd are all familiar faces. Other must-sees include progressive house duo Sasha and John Digweed and veteran acid house DJ Carl Cox.

Of course, the March 24-26 celebration will be going until sunrise each night, so don’t forget to soak up some rays at Delano Beach Club at Delano Miami (the sister hotel to the Mandalay Bay’s golden tower) for Guy Gerber’s Rumors Miami set on Friday followed by Claude VonStroke’s epic Birdhouse blowout on Saturday and the Playground Pool Party with tropical house DJ Klingande on Sunday.

No matter how you spend your three-day weekend, it’s going to be ultra.

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