By Jeremy Blacklow
Ultra Music Festival just refuses to stop growing.
Following its initial lineup announcement, the electronic and alt music festival, which announced last year that it would take a page from Coachella’s book and share its offerings over two consecutive weekends for its 15th anniversary, has revealed the rest of its talent roster.
Alesso, Benny Benassi, Dirty South, Dog Blood (Boys Noize & Skrillex), Eric Prydz, Fedde Le Grand, Hardwell, Loco Dice, Luciano, Laidback Luke, Martin Solveig, Pretty Lights, Steve Aoki, and Sven Väth have been added to the already stellar lineup--this following the unprecedented initial lineup announcement of Above & Beyond, Afrojack, Armin Van Buuren, Avicii, Bassnectar, Calvin Harris, Carl Cox, David Guetta, Fatboy Slim, Kaskade, Knife Party, Richie Hawtin, Swedish House Mafia, John Digweed, Ferry Costen, Paul Van Dyk, and Tiësto.
Above that, the festival’s “Live Stage” will include several of the biggest names on the festival circuit, including Azealia Banks, Faithless (live DJ & PA set), Sleigh Bells, Snoop Dogg, the Weeknd, the Bloody Beetroots, Booka Shade, Boys Noize, Crystal Castles, Deadmau5, Disclosure, DJ Fresh (live), Hot Chip, Major Lazer, Matt & Kim, Modestep, Rudimental, Thievery Corporation, and Yeasayer.
And of course, there are bound to be additional huge guest stars that drop by for the fans. One of the most memorable moments from last year came when Madonna joined Avicii onstage to debut his remix of her 2012 single “Girl Gone Wild.”
Unlike Coachella, whose just-announced lineup doesn’t have quite as many marquee names as it did in 2012, the lineups for both of Ultra’s weekends will not necessarily overlap.
For the ninth consecutive year, Ultra will welcome back the “Eco Village,” an area “dedicated to the exposure and understanding of numerous non-profit organizations and charities,” which will run over both weekends. Festivalgoers will be able to find several interactive booths that will provide an informative outlook on social issues affecting the world today.
Tickets for Ultra have already sold in 77 countries around the world and are still available at www.ultramusicfestival.com. Ultra festivals also take place in Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Ibiza, and Korea, and the festival will expand into Europe in July 2013 in Croatia.
Jeremy Blacklow is a Senior Editor at Yahoo! omg! In his free time, he moonlights as "DJ Blacklow"… and his house music podcast is available on iTunes or at: http://djblacklow.podomatic.com