After reports of cancellation or indefinite postponement circulated following a Wednesday (3/4) meeting between Miami elected officials and festival representatives, Ultra Music Festival officially announced the "postponement" of its 2020 edition on Friday morning (3/6). The Miami, FL EDM festival, which was scheduled to happen March 20-22 in Miami's Bayfront Park, has been pushed back to March 26-28, 2021, and the festival released a statement:
It is with a heavy heart that we inform you that The City of Miami has issued an official directive requiring that the 22nd edition of Ultra Music Festival, originally scheduled for March 20, 21 and 22, 2020 will be postponed to March 26, 27 and 28, 2021. Due to the Florida Governor’s declaration of a public health emergency and Centers of Disease Control and Prevention’s Interim Guidance for COVID-19, it is impossible for the City to provide access to Bayfront Park at this time.
We completely understand how extremely frustrating this is because so many of you are looking forward to coming to Ultra, having already made travel arrangements.
This is, however, an unprecedented issue which is not being taken lightly, and we must continue to defer to the authorities for guidance. Ultimately, there is no higher priority for us than the health, safety and physical well-being of each of you, together with everyone else involved in the production of the event.
We sincerely thank you for your continued loyalty and patience during this difficult time.
All ticket purchasers will be contacted by email on Monday regarding next steps.
- Team Ultra
A CA festival, Overpass, has also been postponed over the coronavirus, while SXSW, which is scheduled to begin in a week, on March 13, is still on despite numerous high profile companies pulling out, and the cancellation of events involving various featured speakers, including Ozzy Osbourne, Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, Kumail Nanjiani, Emily Gordon and others.
Meanwhile, FL festival Okeechobee is currently happening this weekend as planned.