Page 11 - We Rave You Magazine | April 2023
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                                                   DAY ONE

                                                   Not ones to ramp up the energy at a slow pace, Ultra Miami
                                                   2023 had the tone set for the rest of the weekend from
                                                   the second that the gates opened to eager partygoers.
                                                   With the electrifying atmosphere already set from the
                                                   first glimpse of the stage build and the iconic view which
                                                   surrounds them of Downtown Miami, it’s hard not to get
                                                   giddy as soon as your feet touch the sacred grounds.

                                                   Friday had a lot for Ultra-goers to be excited about within all
                                                   corners of Bayfront Park, with one of the biggest highlights
                                                   being Eric Prydz. Although he’s given Ultra many show-stop-
                                                   ping sets over its 23-year history, it was at Ultra 2023
                                                   where he performed perhaps his biggest set at the festival
                                                   yet, bringing his famed HOLO concept to the RESISTANCE
                                                   Megastructure for the first time ever and also kicking off the
                                                   audiovisual’s 2023 season as the first performance of the
                                                   year. Speaking of techno, it also had a monumental moment
                                                   on the mainstage with Charlotte de Witte marking a massive
                                                   debut on the famed stage, a big moment not only for her
                                                   but for the genre as a whole. Not only this, the Revealed
                                                   Recordings stage saw the label boss himself Hardwell take
                                                   to the stage for a surprise performance, where over on the
                                                   mainstage Zedd brought out upcoming rapper Ice Spice for
                                                   a vocal performance of ‘No Clarity,’ which samples his iconic
                                                   hit ‘Clarity.’ Rounding it all off with an ID-filled closing set
                                                   from Martin Garrix, and it was safe to say that Ultra 2023 got
                                                   off to the most explosive start possible.

                                                   DAY 2
                                                   Although it might have been hard to top day one, Ultra
                                                   had no problem in doing this with ease, and on the lineup
                                                   for Saturday came some of the biggest acts one after
                                                   each other on the mainstage. Only at a place like Ultra
                                                   2023 would you find a lineup such as Armin van Buuren,
                                                   Tiësto, Hardwell and Alesso all following each other, with a
                                                   closing set by Marshmello who brought out Farruko, Roddy
                                                   Rich, and GloRilla. Over on the techno side, the RESISTANCE
                                                   Megastructure also kept the action going, with sets from
                                                   HI-LO b2b Testpilot (Oliver Heldens and deadmau5),
                                                   Camelphat, Adam Beyer & Cirez D and the first of two clos-
                                                   ing sets of the weekend from Carl Cox. It didn’t stop there
                                                   either, with Kayzo performing his first-ever UNLEASHED XL
                                                   live show on the Live Stage, and Subtronics making his Ultra
                                                   debut as the Saturday headliner of the Worldwide Stage.
                                                   Over on RESISTANCE’s second stage The Cove - a new
                                                   addition for this year - Joris Voorn presented his very own
                                                   stage takeover, and speaking of stage takeovers, Afrojack
                                                   presented Jacked radio which featured an extra special
                                                   Nick van de Wall throwback set.

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