Following its record-breaking inaugural edition in 2013, ULTRA EUROPE returned to the Poljud Stadium in Split, Croatia on 11th – 13th July 2014, to deliver an even bigger and more amazing experience for the vast hoard of fans that once again descended on the truly beautiful shores of the Dalmatian Coast. For three consecutive days, over 150,000 revelers from 125 countries (a new Ultra Worldwide record) danced through the night until sunrise, to a selection of the world’s greatest DJs, producers and live acts. Having expanded from two to three days for 2014, almost 50,000 more than last year’s capacity of 103,000 came to see and hear all of the amazing performers, smashing its own 2013 record that made Ultra Europe the largest music event ever in Croatia.
In addition, the exclusive ULTRA BEACH pool party also took place for the second time amongst the breathtaking scenery of the island of Hvar at the Hotel Amfora Grand Beach Resort, building on its immense reputation as one of the most unique and fun-fuelled parties to be found anywhere on the planet.
Across the three days in Split, Ultra Europe’s brand new, state-of-the-art MAIN STAGE hosted some of dance music’s most notable titans including Above & Beyond, Afrojack, Alesso, Armin van Buuren, David Guetta, Example, Fedde Le Grand, Hardwell, Ingrosso, Knife Party, Laidback Luke, Martin Garrix, Nicky Romero, Showtek, Steve Aoki, Tiësto, W&W and many more.
The Ultra Worldwide Arena, which was notably larger than last year, also boomed out a variety of stellar soundscapes throughout the weekend. Moving through techno & electronica from the ever-amazing Paul Kalkbrenner to bass-heavy sets from Gramatik and Pretty Lights, super-producers Disclosure
spun their own flavor of garage-infused house to round off an incredible Friday night. Saturday saw the return of the Carl Cox & Friends stage that has become synonymous with Ultra over the last 10 years, with the main man being joined by legends such as Erick Morillo, Marco Carola, Nic Fanciulli and more for extended sets to bring the massive beats and huge grooves they are so famous for. For the final day, an immense lineup of the finest trance DJs assembled in the arena to raise the tempo and crank the euphoria up to a maximum, spearheaded by icon Paul van Dyk along with an exclusive trance set fromW&W ahead of their performance on the main stage.
This year’s festival saw the addition of the UMF RADIO stage that brought further exceptional music, with a mix of local and up-and-coming talent from around the world giving it their all and staking their claims for future greatness. Ultra Music Festival has a tradition of breaking new acts, so watch out for these acts as they set their sights on one day being on the main stage.
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