Ultra Music Festival Weekend 2, Day 2: 10 Things Seen and Heard
Mother Nature has been less than kind to Miami’s festival-goers this weekend, dousing the city Friday (March 22) and delivering scorching temps on Saturday (March 23). Even the shaded stages — the Carl Cox and UMF Worldwide — felt dangerously hot at times. Water vendors were out in full force, with fans eagerly grabbing handfuls of ice from the roving carts. Those seeking refuge in the air-conditioned Heineken House were quickly ushered out after buying their beers. Suddenly those furry, knee-high boots and homemade Deadmau5 heads didn’t seem like such good ideas after all.
But Saturday ended up seeing some of the best performances of UMF’s two weekends thus far, capturing the growing diversity of popular dance music and its new fans’ evolving tastes.
3. Fatboy Shows ‘Em How It’s Done: Fatboy Slim proved once again why he is one of the world’s best DJs when he delivered an incredible set on day two of Ultra Music Festival. He instantly commanded the crowd’s attention when he sampled Baauer’s “Harlem Shake” just after taking the decks, setting the tone for an eclectic mix of mashups, bootlegs, and Fatboy Slim originals. His classic “Right Here, Right Now” song made an appearance about halfway through the set, but it was Adele’s “Rolling In The Deep” acapella that had the massive Main Stage crowd crooning. He ended things on a high note by closing with another classic, “Praise You,” that capped off an amazing hour set that could only have been concocted by a DJ who has been in the game longer than some of the other DJs playing at the festival have been alive.
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