cover photo courtesy of Ultra
article written by Alex Lambeau
When people come to Miami Music Week, they are faced with over 300 events spread out over the course of 7 days. If there is one event to attend, it is Ultra Music Festival, bringing in over 100 of the hottest names in dance music to Bayfront Park in Miami. One of the highlights of the 2023 lineup is, without a doubt, the RESISTANCE Megastructure stage. While most of the hype and media will focus on the main stage performances from Martin Garrix, David Guetta, Hardwell, and Swedish House Mafia, the DJs at RESISTANCE cannot be overlooked. Festival Squad has put together five can’t miss performances from this year’s Megastructure.
Eric Prydz Presents HOLO
When phase one of Ultra Miami was released to the public, hundreds of people pulled the trigger on buying tickets for this Ultra Exclusive performance. One of the most exciting visual and audio experiences over the last decade has been none other than Eric Prydz’s HOLO show. Tailoring a progressive house and dark techno set to some of the most stunning and immersive visuals make HOLO one of the most anticipated two hours of the festival. Ultra officially kicks off Prydz’s HOLO tour before he ultimately heads to Coachella, Creamfields, Tomorrowland, and more. Likely ready to debut new music and a handful of newly curated 3D images.
One of the fastest risers to worldwide headliner status has been the British duo of CamelPhat. Having cemented themselves at the top of the melodic-techno scene with Tale of Us, CamelPhat will bring their hit singles “Breathe”, “The Sign”, “Panic Room”, and more to Bayfront Park. In 2022, the duo played the smaller RESISTANCE stage and packed out the stage past capacity. With their success and recognition clearly outgrowing the Cove Stage, CamelPhat has moved into an impressive third-to-close set at the Megastructure.
Maceo Plex B2B Michael Bibi
Maybe the most interesting booking of the festival, Maceo Plex and Michael Bibi will go back-to-back on the decks on Friday Night. With a Solid Grooves showcase on Friday Morning at Club Space, Bibi will likely head straight from the popular club to Ultra. Serving up minimal tech-house and non-stop groovy basslines, Bibi will be sure to keep the Miami crowd moving their feet. On the other hand, Maceo Plex will add a techno element to the set, in what will be sure a spectacle to see. While at first glance, the styles may not seem to mesh together, these two talented DJs are masters at their crafts, and will put on a performance to remember.
Hailing from Italy, this brother-duo will provide a unique and psychedelic techno experience. While Mathame has received plenty of fame for their releases on Afterlife, their signature sound has been prevalent in their latest releases on the American Astralwerks record label. Easily some of the most distinctive and eerie synths in techno, Mathame can hardly be contained into a single genre of music. Mathame has been a veteran to worldwide RESISTANCE events, but 2023 marks the duo’s first appearance at the highly regarded Ultra Miami. With Ultra being the only announced show thus far for the Italian brothers, Mathame has established themselves as a must see for many in attendance.
Tale of Us
In 2023, Ultra Miami is not complete without a Tale of Us booking. Having built their name on a
global scale year after year, Tale of Us may be the most anticipated performance for the entire
festival. Carving out the modern definition of melodic techno, these Italian producers are behind
the most captivating singles in dance music. Using NFTs to create stunning 3D visuals for their
songs, thousands will head to the Megastructure to get their chance to see Tale of Us.
Comprised of both Anyma and Mrak, the majority of songs from Tale of Us have come from
Anyma singles. Arguably the hottest name in dance music behind Fred Again, Anyma has
released “The Sign,” “Eternity,” and even his own remix of Swedish House Mafia and Fred
Again’s “Turn on the Lights Again.” Ready to take Miami by storm, Tale of Us will play second-
to-close on Sunday.