The leaders of the city of Miami held a news conference Friday morning. Mayor Francis Suarez confirmed the postponement of Ultra Music Festival and Calle Ocho. This decision was made following the latest developments regarding the coronavirus.
“They have a number of logistical complications with those decisions that may make postponement difficult for this year, so we will be working with them on mitigating factors for the impact for those events going forward,” Suarez said.
Meanwhile, the president of the Kiwanis Club of Little Havana told Local 10 News report Ian Margol that he’s unsure presently whether they will be able to hold the Calle Ocho event this year. They call Calle Ocho the biggest Latin music festival in the nation.
Following these news, Ultra Music Festival organizers, released a statement shortly after the announcement. They said the Miami event will not happen this year. Instead, the new dates are March 26, 27 and 28 of 2021.
Official Statement from Ultra Music Festival Facebook Page
The statement stated that all ticket purchasers will receive email messages on Monday regarding next steps.
Earlier this week, city officials confirmed they were trying to negotiate a new deal with UMF organizers. They wanted to postpone the March festival at Bayfront Park. Their concerns were mainly over the coronavirus spreading due to the large gathering of people.
Suarez and Commissioner Joe Carollo talked to UMF organizers on Wednesday. They wished to postpone the electronic dance music festival, which attracted about 170,000 fans last year.
Ultra had expected EDM fans from over 100 countries to arrive at Bayfront Park on March 20-22 of this year.
“We are not saying canceling,” Carollo said during a news conference before the meeting. “We are saying suspending.”
As the coronavirus spreads over the nation, people are stocking up on toilet paper, paper towels, antibacterial wipes, water, food and more. There seems to be much speculation and fear by the general public. Local state and government officials all shared these fears. Successive festivals are cancelled or postponed until further notice. Till then, stay safe, wash your hands well with soap and water and if you are sick, please stay home. Don’t cough or sneeze without covering your mouth.