Ultra Music Festival Rocks Bayfront Park

City officials recommend taking public transportation. Metrorail and Metromover hours have been extended until 1 a.m

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    Ultra Music Festival opened their gates Friday afternoon. Justin Finch reports.

    Ultra Music Festival’s star-studded lineup is returning to Miami for its 16th straight year.

    Preparations are underway as the popular three-day electronic dance music festival gets ready to rock Bayfront Park in downtown Miami on Friday, March 28th.

    Some of the big names that will be performing at the festival include Avicii, Carl Cox, David Guetta, Hardwell, Kaskade, Tiesto and Zedd.

    Ultra Music Festival Begins Friday

    [MI] Ultra Music Festival Begins Friday
    Ultra Music Festival will be rocking Downtown Miami as the popular music festival returns Friday.

    The festival announced that free Wi-Fi will be available for guests. Log-in information will be posted throughout the park and inside a program that will be handed out at the entrance.

    Complimentary water refill stations will also be available so festival goers can stay hydrated throughout the day. Water stations will be marked on the site map and Ultra mobile app.

    Traffic is expected to be congested in downtown Miami near Bayfront Park as detours will be in effect.

    City officials recommend taking public transportation. Metrorail and Metromover hours have been extended until 1 a.m. for March 28th through the 30th. A one-way fare will cost $2.25 while day passes are $5.65.

    On Monday, Ultra announced that a live stream will be available for fans who can't attend. Over 11 million viewers watched the 2013 festival through the internet. Click here to watch.

    Ultra is now a global event and a multi-billion dollar business.

     "Miami is the mecca of what goes on when it comes to EDM, electronic dance music," Cato K, from Power 96 said.

    The 16 year old event originated in Miami and has taken EDM worldwide and changed the tempo with organizers singing a different tune.

    NBC 6 spoke to Ultra's headlining DJ, Hardwell, at Sirus XM's Music Lounge on Thursday. 

    "I came here 5 years ago for the first conference and since the very beginning I fell in love with Ultra."

    Hardwell was 11 when Ultra started in 1999. He says economics aside...Miami's Ultra is part of the foundation of EDM which will continue to make this event grow even bigger.

    "Its all about Miami. Here is where Ultra started and I think Miami has been working on the EDM scene for over 10 years now 15 years as you mentioned," Hardwell said.

     EDM is frequently being played on the radio in a lot of your favorite songs. Since Ultra started in Miami other Ultra festivals have popped up all over the globe in areas like Africa, South America, and Asia.

    VIP tickets for the festival are sold out, but limited general admission tickets are expected to sell out soon. Tickets are $399 plus a $90 service fee. For more on buying tickets, click here.