Last week the festival world was rocked with the news that Ultra Music Festival is in talks with the City of Miami to move closer to the beach at Miami’s Virginia Key. Not surprisingly, this has raised a number of interesting questions concerning logistics, parking, shuttles, and more. Another major issue that has popped up is the fact that Rapture Music Festival is currently scheduled for March 29 and 30, 2019 at the very same Virginia Key Historic Park that Ultra is negotiating over.
In wake of the news, Rapture put out the following statement:
We have a signed contract with Historic Virginia Key Beach Park dating back to March 2018 for March 29 and March 30, 2019. We’re very much looking forward to returning to this beautiful beachside setting for our third edition.” – Youssef Khamis, CEO and Founder of Rapture Electronic Music Festival.
Ultra spokesman, Ray Martinez, said that the city was aware of Rapture ahead of the negotiations with Ultra beginning.
“It did come up. I think the event would be moved. It’s a much smaller event.”
Miami Spokesman Eugene Ramirez says Rapture’s agreement is with Virginia Key Beach Park Trust and not with the City of Miami. At this time Rapture is on the calendar for Virginia Key Beach Park Trust. As of now the resolution remains pending for a vote on November 15.