They came, they raved, they loved

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Three things sum up why Ultra Music Festival is one of the premier music festivals in the world – Miami, weather, electronic dance music.

330,000 people from more than 80 countries flooded into Miami last year to experience the magical three-day weekend that is Ultra, and UMF is ready to make an even bigger splash at this year’s event March 28-30.

More than 300 of the biggest names in the electronic dance music genre headline the festival annually, and the official 2014 lineup is no different.

Promoter Danny Kayne believes everyone needs to attend Ultra at least once in his or her life because it is far more than just a festival. It is an experience.

“When you look into the crowd at Ultra, you see hundreds of flags from all sorts of countries,” Kayne says. “There is so much love and unity amongst the attendees, it is really an unforgettable experience.”

Pictures from previous festivals tell the story – and you don’t want to miss it.

Just ask some College of Charleston students who have become believers.

Junior Sebastian Auth needed no time at all to recall his favorite UMF memory.

“Without a doubt seeing Swedish House Mafia perform its last ever shows as a group,” he said. “Being able to witness that and be apart of history is something I will never forget. Especially when they ended the show and the fireworks went off.”

UMF 2014 opens today, but there are still a few tickets available.

Although there are music festivals all over the Southeast including a bunch in the Holy City, CofC junior Charlie Eden says UMF is a no brainer, despite its $399 price tag.

“It’s in South Beach. It doesn’t get better than Miami, period. It is attractive: the water, the weather, the women, and the DJs,” Eden says. “The list goes on.”

– by J. Wentley


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