Ultra Music Festival 2015 has officially come to a close, leaving us in awe from what may have been the most impressive musical event we’ve ever experienced.  This has been a long weekend filled with debauchery, massive rain storms, huge surprises, and of course, music.  We made it out alive, and now we’re here to share our experiences with you, our readers.  Below, you’ll find our written experience from day 1.  We’ll be posting our reviews day by day over the next week, so keep an eye out!

Day 1

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3LAU

We started off our Ultra adventure in high hopes, allowing 3LAU to lead us into the wild weekend ahead.  His set wasn’t anything out of the ordinary for the progressive/electro house artist, but Rob Gronkowski hopped on stage to do a little twerking which shook things up a bit.  That is when the rain started.  Now, this was no ordinary festival drizzle, this was the fury of god pouring out of the sky.  Seriously we were soaked to the bone in the course of five minutes and we had only just begun.  That’s when we made our way to the Worldwide Stage where the real party was taking place.  Yellow Claw was tearing the house down with their trap and hardstyle combo set.  Everyone was jumping and chanting to the Amsterdam-based group, raising the bar for the day yet again. Los Angeles dubstep legend and label head of Smog Records, 12th Planet, was on shortly after and brought with him a heavy, old-school bass set.  We decided to walk around afterwards and see what artists Ultra was hiding.  Much to our chagrin, the torrential downpour had closed the UMF Radio Stage and the Live Stage, forcing our adventure to 7Up’s sponsored “Stage 7.”  There, we discovered DJ Icey who was playing a set full of future house tracks that had everyone grooving on the raised dance floor.  Excision was next on the docket, so we ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL 2015packed in to the Worldwide Stage with all the other bass music enthusiasts at the festival.  His set was a little more upbeat than we were expecting, featuring a bit more hardstyle and heavy electro, but he still managed to touch on some incredible sub-bass frequencies that shook us to our core.  On the Main Stage, and opposite end of the spectrum from Excision, Alesso took to the decks.  Now, I am not a huge fan of Main Stage music, so to speak, but I thought his performance was incredible.  His light show was on point, and the energy he was conveying matched the pouring rain perfectly.  The crowd was going insane and singing along to every track he had; however, we needed to get back to the bass.  The ground had turned into absolute muck at this point, people were drenched, the UMF Radio and Live Stages were still closed, but people could not have been happier.  We got to the Worldwide Stage just in time to catch Andy C absolutely murdering Ultra Music Festival.  This was by far and away one of the heavier and more impressive drum and bass sets I had ever seen.  The energy from the crowd, his MC, and Andy C artworks-000111577491-apb2yz-t500x500himself was astounding.  We closed out our night with Zeds Dead who brought the absolute grime with them.  The Worldwide Stage and its surrounding areas were packed to the brim with an anti-Tiesto, basshead crew.  The highlights of their set for me were them dropping their “Hadouken” VIP, throwing it back with “Rude Boy,” and then closing out the night with their incredible remix of Jack Ü’s infamous “Take Ü There.”