I thought it absolutely sucked compared to last year.
It was easy to bounce from stage to stage last year, this year--not so much.
The damn park was just so constricting in terms of movement. Too many obstacles, pathways, trees, concrete structures. Bicentennial was ugly but for Ultra it was freakin' perfect.
The Carl Cox tent on Friday and Saturday was amazing. Visuals, artists, sound, placement. I was first row, far left of the stage on both Friday and Saturday and felt as if I had the best spot in the entire festival. That space right up to the fence on the first row was elevated slightly, so you could really see the crowd in its entirety from that vantage point, along with the visuals in the tent. Spectacular. I also had a great breeze and jaw-dropping view of a lot of the Miami skyline along Biscayne. But for ASOT 550, the tent was simply over-capacity. Last year, the tent had more ways to enter and exit; this year just one. I had my "spot" for Tritonal and Cosmic Gate, but when we left to take a bathroom break, it was done. A mob had descended upon ASOT 550 and there was no way in hell that we were going back in that place. AvB needs to throw his own ASOT party for next year, a la what SHM do currently. I got the feeling that a lot of the kids in there were there only for ASOT and didn't care about the rest of Ultra anyways.
The UMF Korea-Ibizia-whatever tent had some great lineups but man the sound in that thing sucked. And some of the artists were too big to be in that thing. Like Dirty South. And yeah, the sound clashing with the Cox tent...
Main stage = clusterfuck. Awesome visuals and I actually did like some of the sets though. But man, what a clusterfuck.
Didn't really spend much time at the other little stages, though I did check out Joachim Garraud at the BAO Dome. That was fun.
The live stage was perfect for what it was, and I saw A&B do the pre-Ultra party there. That show was better than any of the shows I saw at the actual festival, except for maybe Cox and Sven Vath. Anjunabeats really knows how to throw a great party. Stunning.