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November 17, 2010

Electronic music mayhem: WMC vs. Ultra

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It's been quiet around here lately, perhaps the calm before the storm, or perhaps due to the fact that Miami residents have been downgraded from being the most attractive in the nation to just okay looking by countless polls. Sure, there've been a handful of athletes, rappers, Zzzzzzzzzzzz-listers and locals flitting around, eager for their five seconds of local fame by showing up at everything from the opening of an envelope to the opening of a toilet lid. But beyond that it's been pretty lame. Until now. Apparently there's major drama brewing between Winter Music Conference and Ultra Music Conference. The Hatfields and McCoys set to an electronic beat.

In a letter written by Club Space owner Luis Puig published on tbe excellent nightlife blog Talk Nightlife, it says "Ultra is trying to monopolize WMC by engaging exclusive contracts with all major DJs which will not allow them to perform at your favorite dance clubs." The letter goes on to say "WMC used to be about free parties with DJs and industry folks sharing and enjoying new music. Now it is about greed and money with Ultra and all the clubs fighting over talent, hotels charging 4 times what they are used to and agents and DJs banking on the demand." 

Sound familiar? Unfortunately it does. This seems to be a common affliction when egos are as inflated like a socialite's lips and greed becomes the other white meat.  May the music lovers ultimately be the winners and the sound of  background bickering just be muted out by the throbs and thumps of the music.

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puremiami

Funny Puig was the start of over paying DJS to get them to be exclusive to play at Spin on Lincoln rd then Space. He is the king of $50 plus door charges. What a crock!!!!

Mcdonalds

while i came here to bash Ultra, puremiami has a point.

brian task

What a joke puig is. Cost me 100 to see paul van dyke last march at space and I only had 4 drinks at space. Not to mention that wmc is now pushing out an annual gay and lesbian event from the surfcomber, which will cost that hotel more than it will make them. Great job in planning guy, your all about saving money, yet your costing people more money, and asking them not to book travel yet, which in turn costs even more. Puig, wmc...you dropped the ball, your events have always cost 50+++ anyway so your fckn hypocrites.

Brian B

Lies! I hit Carl Cox's party, mansion with Guetta, and not so private events with top acts playing. That's what dj's do, they play
music. Good luck stopping it with a contract.


The WMC / Ultra choice is simple:

Ultra for two days of the big names, glow sticks, candy raver's, random pressed pills, trance music for the masses and mid-grade 18yr old birds.

WMC for the funky bass lines, musical dissent, bottle service, mescaline, beach perpetrating, hotel raging and weeklong dance party.

Brian B

Brian Task: You spent $100 bucks on admission and 4 drinks while others spent 10k for a table girls could dance on. Maybe you don't have a mil to spend on hooker and blow, but your hundred bucks is negligible.

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