Ultra Music Festival Issues New Set Of Guidelines For 2015

Ultra Music Festival is just around the corner (21 days!), but this year’s festival may look a lot different than years past. From Friday, March 27th to Sunday, March 29th, thousands of revelers and ravers will descend upon Bayfront Park in Miami to celebrate and experience the best in electronic music.  However, Ultra 2015 has instituted a strict 18+ policy and new guidelines banning certain items that are widely considered integral to festival culture.

This year’s Ultra forbids backpacks, purses and bags.  Guests may bring small clutch bags “approximately the size of a hand” and fannypacks.  Glowsticks, face masks, stuffed animals, and lasers are also taboo.  Following in the steps of other festivals who have issued a ban on backpack hydration systems, Camelbaks and the like are forbidden.  TomorrowWorld tried to institute a similar policy last September, but then overturned their initial ban, responding to the wishes of attendees.  Poles such as totems and selfie sticks are also banned.  Flags, banners and GoPros will be allowed in the venue.  Finally, don’t even think about climbing a tree.  Those caught scaling poles or foliage will be ejected from the event.  In spite of these new rules, we can look forward to kandi, bro tanks and ubiquitous flower headbands.  Check out the full list of this year’s policies below and if you haven’t already, grab your ticket here.

In order to expedite entry into the Event and to continue to promote the safety of festivalgoers, employees, crew and others, there shall be a limit on the size and type of items that may be brought into the venue.

Backpacks, purses and bags are not allowed. The items outlined below are permissible to be brought into the Event:

Bags made of clear plastic, clear vinyl or clear PVC which do not exceed 13”x17” in size
One-gallon clear zip-top bag
Small clutch bags, approximately the size of a hand either with or without a handle or strap is allowed
Hydration packs which are NOT a backpack will be allowed
“Fanny-pack(s)” or similar waist-packs will be allowed
Exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis for medically required items after proper inspection

The possession or use of any illegal drugs will not be tolerated anywhere inside or outside the Ultra Music Festival venue. Undercover police officers will be working and enforcing all illegal drug violations. Event Organizers will be providing an amnesty box at the entrance of the Event and we encourage all attendees to “turn in, no questions asked” any illegal substances prior to entering the Event. If you SEE SOMETHING-SAY SOMETHING. If you observe anyone using or distributing illegal substances immediately notify a police officer or security personnel. Help Ultra Music Festival Make a Difference.

Zero Tolerance for Drug Use or Possession anywhere inside or outside of the venue. Amnesty boxes will be provided outside the entrance gates
No re-entry allowed
No unauthorized vending allowed
No unauthorized solicitations, handbills, sampling or giveaways
No camping or overnight attendance

No Illegal or illicit substances, drugs, or drug paraphernalia
No weapons of any kind including, but not limited to, pocket knives or self defense sprays
No flammable items or liquids including aerosols and fireworks
No markers, pens or spray paint
No backpacks, purses, or bags allowed except bags made of clear plastic, clear vinyl, or clear PVC not exceeding 13”x17”
No stuffed animals
No facial masks
No outside food or beverage including alcohol
No bottles, cans, canteens, flasks, or coolers
No opened over the counter medication or eye drops
No opened packs of cigarettes or tampons
No pacifiers, glow sticks
No balloons, balls, inflatable balls, Frisbees or flying disks
No umbrellas, chairs, blankets, sleeping bags or tents
No bicycles, skateboards, scooters, or personal motorized vehicles
No animals except for service animals assisting an individual with a disability
No large chains, chained wallets or spiked jewelry
No laser pens, laser pointers, or similar focused light devices
No water guns, squirt guns, spray bottles or misters
No musical instruments, noisemakers or air horns
No whistles
No professional cameras, flash cameras or video and audio recording equipment, or camera poles
No poles, sticks, or “totems”

Yes to Hydration packs that are not backpacks (empty upon entry)
Yes to bags made of clear plastic, clear vinyl, or clear PVC not exceeding 13”x17”
Yes to One-gallon clear, plastic zip-top bag
Yes to fanny packs
Yes to small clutch bags, approximately the size of a hand, with or without a handle or strap is allowed
Yes to cell phones
Yes to sunglasses and hats
Yes to illuminated or glowing jewelry or costumes
Yes to sealed packs of cigarettes upon entry
Yes to non-professional cameras
Yes to action cameras
Yes to earplugs
Yes to flags and banners (no corporate or company branding. No hard poles)
Yes to powdered make-up
Yes to sealed tampons upon entry
Yes to prescription medication (you must have the prescription in your name with you)

All festivalgoers are subject to being searched prior to entry into the Event, including members of the media. By requesting entry into the Event, all festivalgoers and attendees shall be subject to a thorough TSA-style pat down search, including emptying pockets and bags, and having your items examined. Event Organizers, shall, at all times, reserve the right to either deny any person entry into or to eject any person from, the Event, who in the sole and absolute discretion of Event Organizers are in violation of Event rules, which rules may be updated from time to time, with or without notice.

Attendees found climbing trees or poles will be subject to removal from the venue.