[Festival Recap] ULTRA SOUTH AFRICA

FEB. 20, 2014

The first edition of Ultra South Africa officially became the biggest electronic music festival to ever take place on the African continent this past weekend, following two unforgettable and historic sold out days in the breathtaking cities of Cape Town and Johannesburg, on the 14th and 15th of February respectively.

Welcoming over 40,000 music-hungry festivalgoers across two colossal sold out days (more than 15,000 at Ostrich Farm, Cape Town, and 25,000 at the Nasrec Showgrounds in Johannesburg), tens of thousands of dance music fans from across South Africa and beyond got their first taste of the inimitable ‘Ultra experience’, as they bore witness to some of the world’s best DJs, performing in some of the world’s most beautiful settings, powered by some of the world’s biggest and most advanced production, in what was one of the most peaceful and successful events in Ultra Worldwide’s 16-year history.

Speaking for the first time since the landmark event, Shaun Duvet, one of the five directors of local South African partner company (the others being Tony Feldman, Dave Forbes, Itsik Bouhbot and Paul Forbes) shared his thoughts on the inaugural edition:

“We are extremely proud of the first Ultra South Africa. The response from fans has been absolutely incredible, it truly has been a dream come true and we can ensure you that the future of Ultra in South Africa is going to only get bigger and better! We would also like to take this chance to thank our incredible teams, DJs, sponsors (Heineken, DSTV, Red Bull) and of course all the awesome fans out there! Get ready for 2015!”

Speaking at the official Ultra South Africa press conference just hours before the inaugural event in Cape Town, Ultra Music Festival and Ultra Worldwide’s Founder, CEO and Executive Producer Russell Faibisch announced his intentions to commit to a 5-year plan in South Africa:

“It’s taken years of research and hard work to get to where we are now in South Africa, and we have found the perfect local partner. I am absolutely thrilled that we will be here for the next five years at least, and I am so excited to see what the future holds for dance music in South Africa.”

Adam Russakoff, Executive Producer, Talent Buyer and Director of Business Affairs for Ultra Music Festival and Ultra Worldwide went on to say:

“I couldn’t be happier about our first outing in South Africa. The festival went off without a hitch and the reception from our fans in each city was truly unbelievable. South Africa is such an incredible nation and I’m positive we will be putting on groundbreaking events here for years to come. This is just the beginning.”

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Here’s The Final Lineup + Site Map for Ultra South Africa 2014

JAN. 15, 2014

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With the inaugural Ultra South Africa less than a month away, festival organisers have today announced the final stage layouts and lineup additions for Ostrich Farm, Cape Town and Nasrec Showgrounds, Johannesburg.
With an impressive 3 stages per city, fans attending the Premier Electronic event in Cape Town and Johannesburg can look forward to gargantuan main stage designs, each hosting eight of the world’s hottest DJs. Welcoming the likes of Tiesto, Afrojack, Alesso, Nicky Romero, Krewella, W&W, Martin Garrix and Blasterjaxx each city’s main stage will also come complete with the top level production and sound quality for which all of Ultra’s worldwide events have become so famed.
Directly linked to these main stage floors will be the Heineken VIP and VVIP areas, which will integrate an exclusive Heineken experience with the two hosting brands. The VIP area in Cape Town will be hosted by the auspicious and glamorous nightclub, COCO, and in Johannesburg by the much-loved H20.
CAPE TOWN, FEBRUARY 14, 2014
OSTRICH FARM, CAPE TOWN

The second stage in Cape Town, entitled ‘Submerged’, will be aptly situated on the side of a stunning, picturesque lake and hosted by none other than local heroes Goldfish. Among others, this floor will feature the very best in house, deep house and techno music, including San Francisco native Claude Vonstroke, Coco Loco, Lady M, Floyd Lavine, Claudia Levisa, Chris Jack and many more.
Lastly, ‘Dansville’ – one of Cape Town’s most loved bass music brands and synonymous with the very best in electro and trap through to drum ‘n bass and dubstep – will be hosting their very own stage featuring homegrown stars such as Das Kapital, Hyphen, Niskerone, Grimehouse, Halfilfe and many more.

JOHANNESBURG, FEBRUARY 15, 2014
EXPO CENTRE, NASREC
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Providing the second stage in Johannesburg in less than a month’s time, Soul Candi will be bringing Ultra South Africa the deep sounds of Black Coffee, Mi Casa, Crazy White Boy, Harael Salkow and many more, on a floor dedicated to showcasing the very best, most forward thinking underground soundscapes around.
Lastly, Nicci Beach refreshes the event with a touch of their signature sounds with up-tempo cracking house and electro music from the likes of Haezer, Rocca & Martini, Mark Stent, Lady Lea, Ryan Dent and many more.
All the floors featured at Ultra South Africa will include dedicated full bar services, express bars for Heineken drinkers, food markets that will have an array of foods from Indian to Mediterranean, assured to tickle taste buds, as well as merchandise for sale. Final line up information for each of the stages can be found below.
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[Video] Ultra South Africa 2014

NOV. 12, 2013

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With the excitement surrounding ULTRA WORLDWIDE’s expansion into Cape Town & Johannesburg already at fever pitch following an Early Bird sell out in less 45 minutes on Friday (Nov 1), the globe-trotting ULTRA team have today unveiled the stunning new teaser video for the inaugural edition of ULTRA SOUTH AFRICA – set to land in February 2014!
 
 
 
Giving fans a tantalizing glimpse into the truly unrivaled experience that’ll be on offer at Cape Town’s Ostrich Farm and the Nasrec Showgrounds, Johannesburg early next year, this eye-watering 60-second trailer features exquisite footage from international stars such as Tiësto, Alesso, Nicky Romero, Krewella and W&W as well as local heroes Goldfish, Black Coffee, Mi Casa, Euphonik & DJ Fresh – all of whom will be christening ULTRA SOUTH AFRICA for it’s very first edition.
 
 
 
Although all Early Bird tickets have now sold out, General Admission tickets are still available at affordable prices of just R700 for Day 1 in CAPE TOWN and R850 for Day 2 in Jo’burg.
 
 
 
BUY ULTRA SOUTH AFRICA 2014 TICKETS HERE
 
 
 
VIP packages for each day of the event will begin on sale at R900 and R1200 respectively and for those looking for the highest quality in their Ultra experience, there’s a VVIP option available exclusively for festival goers in Johannesburg. Tickets can be purchased exclusively from www.computicket.com.
 
 
 
For the latest news on which other amazing acts will be setting the stages alight at Ultra South Africa and to keep up-to-date with all other news and information, head over to the official website and Ultra South Africa Facebook Page.
 
 
 
 
 
TICKET INFORMATION
 
 
 
Ultra South Africa is strictly an 18 and over event.
 
 
 
*ANY TICKET PURCHASED FOR EITHER DAY OF ULTRA SOUTH AFRICA WILL ALLOW THE TICKET HOLDER TO SEE ALL OF THE ACTS PERFORMING ON THAT DAY*
 
 
 
TICKETS ON SALE NOW
 
 
 
Ticket prices for each event are as follows:
 
 
 
CAPE TOWN – FEBRUARY 14, 2013
 
GATES OPEN 2PM
 
 
 
GA
 
Phase 1 – R700
 
Phase 2 – R800
 
Phase 3 – TBA
 
 
 
VIP
 
Phase 1 – R900
 
Phase 2 – R1100
 
Phase 3 – TBA
 
 
 
 
 
JOHANNESBURG – FEBRUARY 15, 2013
 
GATES OPEN 12PM
 
 
 
GA
 
Early bird – SOLD OUT
 
Phase 1 – SOLD OUT
 
Phase 2 – R850
 
Phase 3 – TBA
 
 
 
VIP
 
Phase 1 – R1200
 
Phase 2 – R1500
 
Phase 3 – TBA
 
 
 
VVIP
 
Phase 1 – R3000
 
Phase 2 – TBA
 
 
 
 
 
Ultra South Africa Official Website
 
Ultra South Africa Facebook
 
Ultra South Africa Twitter