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Drawing crowds by the hundreds of thousands from around the world, the 21st edition of Ultra Music Festival (UMF) is about to kick off. This year, the festival will take place on Miami's beautiful Virginia Key, an isolated island that's only accessible via Rickenbacker Causeway or by boat. Luckily, the festival organizers have been working around the clock to make sure festival goers can easily access the island and find suitable accommodation there. Similar to New York's Electric Zoo, there will be shuttle ferrying ticket holders to and from the event.

Last year, the annual event — considered to be the premiere dance music festival in North America — showcased the rebirth of the Swedish House Mafia. This year, acts range from Armin Van Buuren to Jai wolf. The three-day EDM festival has something for everyone, ranging from mainstream to up-and-coming artists. Ultra continues to grow bigger every year, featuring more good music, positive vibes, and an all around unforgettable experience. We can't wait until we're back down in Miami interviewing artists and bringing you the best in dance music.

According to Miami Community newspaper, UMF brought $148 million dollars into the Miami Dade County area in 2017 and this number was expected to topple over $200 million in 2018, with over 165,000 festival attendees contributing to the local economy per day. UMF has increased its total attendance by 266% since 2005 when 45,000 people attended. Undoubtedly, the city of Miami understands the economic impact Ultra has on the area and continues to work with and support event organizers to ensure everything is perfect for party goers. The question is, will Virginia Keys be even bigger and better? I guess you'll have to join us down in Miami and find out.

Check out some highlights from Ultra Music Festival 2018 below:

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