Ultra Music Festival’s Coronavirus-Friendly EDM Fest: A ‘Depressing’ Disaster

For a subset of the dance music world, the third (or fourth) weekend in March arrives like the highest of holy days. A crowd of some 170,000 descends on Bayfront Park in Miami to pop MDMA and dance their faces off at Ultra Music Festival, the 72-hour spectacle that helped make EDM a mainstream American genre. Under normal circumstances, Ultra would have ended yesterday. But after the novel coronavirus triggered closures across the country, the concert was cancelled. Instead, the festival migrated online, announcing a weekend marathon of live DJ sets on SiriusXM. The digital concert would essentially be radio,…