Tuesday, 16 March 2021

Organizer Joe Bašić Hopeful for Ultra Europe 2021: "Still Too Early to Draw Conclusions"

March 16, 2021 - Organizer Joe Bašić is hopeful that Ultra Europe 2021 will be held this summer, as the electronic music festival in Split is still four months away. 

Spring is just around the corner, and with it comes the growing speculation about the upcoming festival season, which starts in May. European countries are opting for various tactics: from COVID passports and mass vaccination of citizens to fast and accessible antigen tests, which could save events on the coast. Especially the ones organized by the UK.

Some of the world's largest music festivals have already written off 2021, but festivals in Croatia are not yet giving up. 

In Croatia, the outdoor festival season lasts from May to September, and since it came to Split, Ultra Europe is certainly the most popular event on the Adriatic. A three-day mass party with mainstream electronic stars brings tens of thousands of tourists and significant income to the city, and during the week of Ultra, Split garages, sheds, balconies, and yards are even rented. Festivalgoers sleep outdoors; some do not sleep at all. They come from all over the world, and they are there to have a good time.

Some locals are bothered by the crowds and noise, others by the garbage and clutter that is inevitably left behind after thousands of party-goers are in the city, but no one can deny the economic impact it has on Split. Will thousands of international party people march through Split with the flags of their countries again?

24 Sata reports that Ultra Europe organizer Joe Bašić hopes so. Still, the news from Miami, published just a few days ago, isn't too optimistic. Recall, Ultra in Florida has been canceled again, and the culprit is, of course, the COVID-19 pandemic.

"It is too early for any conclusions about Ultra in Split. There are four more months until then. We monitor the situation, and it changes from day to day. We are cooperating with the city, we respect the measures of the Headquarters, and we can only hope that everything will be fine by July," Bašić said.

Security restrictions are there for a reason, but there would be equal bans for caterers. Is it worth organizing the festival at all if it turns out that Ultra can only have 20% or 30% capacity and that guests must adhere to strict measures?

"We will have to sit down and see what can be done in such a hypothetical case and what cannot. I can't tell you anything more detailed so far; it's hard to be really smart at the moment," Bašić admits.

There is a lot of talk about 'COVID passports.' Spain will test the model in Ibiza, the celebrated mecca of partygoers, as early as May. If this proves to be a good enough protection model, they will implement it nationally in the summer season. Bašić says that nothing concrete has been said about it so far, but he will consider all the options that can help this year's festival in Split see the light of day. If the worst-case scenario comes true, Ultra will be transparent with its audience.

"We will refund the ticket money to those who request a refund, and for those who choose to keep the ticket, it will be valid next year. Our policy was the same last year," Bašić announces.

Just a week before Ultra, the Dimensions Festival is a treat for slightly different electronic music fans. This summer, it is moving from Istria to Tisno and Šibenik to St. Michael's Fortress, and despite the pandemic, the organizers announced that the music event is scheduled for July 1-5. For now, they expect that we will be able to have fun by some 'old standards.' It should not be forgotten that last summer, after the first wave of the virus subsided, a music festival experiment on Martinska succeeded. It was one of the few locations in Europe where several smaller festivals and concerts were held, and where no increase in the number of cases was recorded.

Outlook and Seasplash festivals have already been announced, and additional information about Membrain, Blast, Regius, Kanal Fest, Slurp! will be released soon.

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Monday, 8 March 2021

After Miami Cancellation, Will the Ultra Europe Festival be Held in Split?

March 8, 2021 – Considering the fact that it was canceled in Miami for the second consecutive year due to the coronavirus pandemic, will the Ultra Europe Festival be held in Split this year?

As Slobodna Dalmacija reports, the dial on the official website of Ultra Europe is still counting down the days until the Split edition of this famous electronic music festival. Precisely 123 days remain until the first of three evenings at Youth Park on July 9. The remaining two are scheduled for July 10 and 11, 2021.

The question is, however, whether Ultra Europe will be held in Split this year. Judging by the fact that it was canceled in Miami for the second year in a row due to the coronavirus pandemic, it is increasingly likely that such a scenario awaits the city of Split, too.

Ultra was scheduled to take place in Miami on March 26, 27, and 28 but has now been moved to the same period next year.

"Given the current status of the COVID-19 pandemic, concerning mass gatherings and public health considerations, we're deeply saddened to be forced to reschedule Ultra Music Festival to 2022. We understand the disappointment and frustration that comes with reading this, as we feel and share it as well. We eagerly await the opportunity to safely produce what will certainly be the most memorable Ultra in our 22-year history. We miss you all tremendously and can't wait to reunite on the dance floor to create more unforgettable memories with you," reads the statement on the festival's official Facebook page.

An identical thing happened last year, when, due to the fear of spreading the coronavirus, Ultra in Miami was first canceled. And then, in mid-May, an official announcement arrived that Ultra was being postponed in Split.

Despite the pandemic, some significant events such as the Eurovision Song Contest, the European Football Championship, and the Olympic Games are planned to take place this year, and various scenarios regarding the audience have been prepared. It seems that Ultra does not have such scenarios, considering that it is almost impossible to maintain a safe distance among so many people. Hence, vaccination is the most viable solution and one of the preconditions for holding this famous festival again.

At the beginning of February, the Ultra Festival organizer Joe Bašić said for Enter Zagreb that it would be possible to assess better the circumstances related to COVID and the possibilities of organizing the festival in 60 days.

"As responsible organizers, we monitor events and work closely with the authorities, as well as all those responsible for making decisions for visitors' safety and the festival. Internationally, we work with several groups of people to find a solution for the festival's future, from COVID passports to quick tests. I've participated in more of these conversations, trying to find a solution, but, unfortunately, it's hard to be smart. Every day something changes, and we, as serious and responsible organizers, cannot confirm anything. We also cannot make decisions without an official decision from the state and the city," said Bašić.

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Friday, 12 February 2021

Joe Bašić on 2021 Ultra Europe: We Will Know More in 60 Days

February 12, 2021 - The organizer of the Ultra Europe music festival, Joe Bašić, revealed to Enter Zagreb the plans for this year's Ultra Europe in Split. He also admitted that he expects an explosion of fun after we're on the other side of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thousands of partygoers from all over the world did not meet last year at Ultra Europe in Split, as the festival was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. We are still waiting for an official decision on this year's festival, as well, reports 24 Sata

"It is certainly too early for conclusions now; I believe that in 60 days we will be in a better situation and that we will be better able to assess the circumstances related to COVID and the possibilities of organizing the festival," said Bašić.

 

"As responsible organizers, we monitor events, work closely with the authorities, all those responsible for making decisions for the safety of visitors and the festival. Internationally, we work with several groups of people trying to find a solution for the festival's future, from Covid passports to rapid tests. I’ve been to more of these conversations, trying to find a solution, but unfortunately, it’s hard to be smart there. Every day something changes, and we, as serious and responsible organizers, cannot confirm anything. We also cannot make decisions without an official decision from the state and the city," Bašić believes.

Speaking generally about the future of the festival, Bašić is optimistic.

"As for the music industry, I think it is an industry that will be proactive and find a solution for the future. Music is an integral part of life; people will always find an opportunity to enjoy it. I think that psychologically it is an important factor, young people can't wait to go out, they are waiting for socializing. At the moment when it is possible to return to festivals and events, I think it will be one big show," he concluded.

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Friday, 22 May 2020

It's Official: 8th Edition of Ultra Europe Canceled

May 22, 2020 - It's the news we've all been waiting for... Thousands of international festival-goers will not gather in Split this summer, as the 8th edition of Ultra Europe has officially been canceled. 

"It is with a heavy heart that, due to the ongoing pandemic stemming from COVID-19, the 8th edition of Ultra Europe originally scheduled for 10-12 July 2020 at Park Mladeẑi is being rescheduled to 9-11 July 2021.

The current health crisis is an unprecedented situation, and there is no higher priority for us than the health, safety and well-being of all our fans, as well as all those involved with the production of the event.

Tickets will remain valid and will be honored for use at the rescheduled festival. Alternatively, if you are unable to attend, you have the option to seek a refund. All purchasers will be contacted via email with more information on how to make their choice.

As we continue to monitor the ongoing health crisis together with authorities, we encourage our fans to stay home, wash their hands, practice social distancing and be good to one another. We look forward to reuniting next year in beautiful Croatia for Ultra Europe 2021!" reads the Ultra Europe Facebook page, which is followed by over 846,000 fans.

Ultra Europe has been held in Split for the last eight years, bringing more than 40,000 daily visitors and a total of 120,000 from 143 countries to the Dalmatian capital for three days of electronic music. The 2019 edition was the first held at Park Mladezi in Split, while the festival was held at Poljud Stadium beforehand. 
 
Record figures, and the millionth visitor at the new location, marked the seventh year of Ultra in Split. The 8th edition was meant to take place at Park Mladeži from July 10-12, 2020. 
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Wednesday, 29 April 2020

Will Ultra Europe Go On? Latest News and How Concerts Might Look in Croatia After Corona

April 29, 2020 - How will concerts look after corona? And will Ultra Europe go on? A closer look at the entertainment industry in Croatia. 

"The government of the Republic of Croatia could and should show goodwill for the controlled but urgent return of music to both terraces and concert venues," Croatian musicians said.

Slobodna Dalmacija writes that for this reason, the Croatian Music Association 'Unison' sent a letter to the Government, the Civil Protection Headquarters, and the Croatian Institute of Public Health, with five proposed models for the return of live music performances.

"Opening music studios for recording and production, concerts on terraces and open spaces such as squares and waterfronts, drive-in concerts, indoor and open-air concerts," is a list of proposals by Unison. This umbrella band brings together associations of composers, performers and their services for the collective exercise of copyright and performing rights. With the implementation of the proposed models, 17,000 people - music creatives and their families - would again be able to return to pre-pandemic coronavirus status.

At present, there are approximately 5,000 writers, 10,000 performers, and approximately 2,000 supporting musicians and technical staff involved in the concert and performing activities in Croatia. Live music, Unison points out, has seen a huge drop in business, but also a drop in revenue by one hundred percent over normal conditions. Therefore, musicians must return to performing as quickly as possible and in customized operating conditions for the following weeks and months.

Music creatives and all those whose jobs are related to the industry are calling to join the first wave of relaxation measures, Unison said, as restrictive public gathering measures have hit the music and cultural community first and foremost in the past six weeks. At first, for security reasons, as live performances on terraces, concerts and stadiums were canceled and banned, followed by measures for all other branches of the economy.

What will the live performances look like in the life that follows the coronavirus pandemic?

First of all, they believe that music and film studios for recording and production should be open, since recording at home and semi-professional or amateur quality cannot permanently replace the professional mode and the required studio quality of production.

"The current mode may meet the market's need for new works in the short term, but it will soon be saturated with such products because this mode has no economic or financial impact for participants," Unison said, noting that it could immediately start recording with 2-3 people in the studio, from May 11, and those with multiple members (up to 10 people), and from May 18, with orchestras and choirs.

According to the instructions of the Civil Protection Headquarters, which stated the possibility of opening terraces at hotels and catering facilities for the needs of domestic and possibly foreign tourists, the possibility of holding concert performances of bands should be approved from May 11 (or from the moment of their opening) and DJs (for simpler technical needs for music production) in such venues. Musicians, they believe, could also perform concerts in squares or waterfronts in tourist sites, with mandatory adherence to space, defined by the positions in front of the stage, and epidemiological measures.

Similar to the principle of religious services, musicians have been demanding, from May 4, that concerts be held indoors during which it is possible to ensure mutual physical distance while respecting epidemiological guidelines.

They suggest the ability to hold concerts with a limited number of visitors up to 150 (separated by space tags - flags, stickers on the floor, ribbons ...) or by seating, which would be held in substantially larger spaces, with a usual capacity of 300 visitors upwards. They propose the same for larger spaces, which can accommodate 200 to 2000 people under standard conditions, and now the maximum number of visitors would be 150 per event.

Starting May 18, they would also like to have the opportunity to host major concert events (for more than 150 visitors) in large concert venues such as gyms and similar venues that otherwise have a capacity of 2000 people upwards.

For the summer of 2020 (from June onwards), it is proposed to return to open-air concerts such as Ultra Europe in Split, where audiences would attend concerts in groups of five or ten people in large and open areas. Service and hygiene activities could be conducted on a line-by-trade basis, respecting all epidemiological measures.

The official website of the Ultra Europe Festival, scheduled for July 10, 11, and 12 at the Split Park Mladezi, is just 73 days away, which has brought party-goers from all over the world to Split in recent years. This is a type of music event associated with large sponsors because of production costs, but also because of larger audiences. Few believe that it will take place.

However, the organizers of Ultra are reluctant to make an official announcement yet - and have not canceled its July release, as have most other summer festivals. Everyone is off to a slow start, waiting for when and to what extent restrictions will be eased. Some European countries have already given new guidelines. For example, in Norway, until September 2, the ban on all public events with more than 500 spectators has been extended.

This uncertainty also plagues the director of the Split Festival, Tomislav Mrduljaš, who is preparing the jubilee, 60th edition of the Split Festival. It is scheduled to take place July 2-4 at Prokurative.

"I am waiting for what will happen with the new measures ... I have not canceled anything yet, the competition for songs is ongoing, we will decide in early May. As far as I'm concerned, I have the whole structure and organization of the festival set up, so it won't be a problem to hold it," Mrduljaš said. "The new, looser measures would be one light at the end of the tunnel. For the sake of cheering people up a little... The festival is held in the open, I think something could be done here," said Mrduljaš.

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Saturday, 21 March 2020

Coronavirus in Croatia: Will Ultra Europe Go On in Split?

March 21, 2020 - More than 40,000 daily visitors and a total of 120,000 from 143 countries danced for three full days last July at the Ultra Europe music festival held at Park Mladezi in Split. 

Unofficially, Slobodna Dalmacija reports that the organizers are planning this year's edition despite the global coronavirus pandemic.

The most popular electronic music festival is scheduled for July 10, 11 and 12. Still, the question arises as to how long this pandemic will last, given the fact that thousands of festival-goers from all over the world are in Split during this time.

There are innumerable questions, and there are few answers to them at the moment.

Some will agree that maintaining Ultra Europe will help the citizens of Split to at least somewhat get out of the unenviable financial situation caused by the pandemic, and although the festival itself is just four months away, in this case, they should be guided by one rule - better prevented than treated.

“At this point, it is difficult to predict how long all this will take and make any forecasts. As we can see, in China it is going down, in Italy it is booming, with us, it is just beginning.

Of course, we would all be happy to have our lives back to normal. If Ultra is still held, visitors take the risk themselves by coming,” said Željka Karin, director of the Public Health Teaching Institute of Split-Dalmatia County.

What if the virus is eradicated by July and Ultra Europe goes on, does it still pose a risk to the citizens of Split?

Slobodna Dalmacija also sent an inquiry to the City of Split, where the City said it is currently dealing with more important things, and they relate to a series of measures aimed at alleviating the effects of the coronavirus pandemic for citizens and the economy.

Earlier this month, Ultra organizers were forced to decide to cancel the festival in Abu Dhabi (March 5-6), as well as the one in Miami (March 20, 21, and 22), for the first time since the world's craziest party started in 1999.

All those who have already purchased tickets for the Split edition could have problems because, after the cancellation of Miami and Abu Dhabi, the decision was made not to refund the money spent, but any holder of an unused ticket will be entitled to attend Ultra in 2021 or 2022.

This has caused an uproar from festival-goers, and a series of petitions can be found on the internet seeking a refund for the tickets purchased.

Organizers have not yet posted anything on their official site, and have not even updated their status on Facebook since March 6.

The seventh edition of Ultra in Split registered its millionth guest, and because of record ticket sales, it was the most visited year since it was held in Croatia. The new space also opened up new possibilities in the form of the theatrical main stage, the largest ever set in the region, and with its production and size, exceeded all expectations so far.

On the impressive LED screen, visualizations constantly swirled, all complemented by numerous special effects. From the visual show to the perfect sound and infectious beats, everything was flawlessly executed. The world's biggest electronic music names such as Swedish House Mafia, Carl Cox, David Guetta, Afrojack, Above & Beyond, Adam Beyer, Armin van Buuren, The Chainsmokers, Maceo Plex alternated on the stages.

As things stand now, even though the organizers are still doing everything according to plan, it is certainly possible that Ultra Europe will not go on in Split this summer.

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Wednesday, 4 March 2020

ULTRA Europe Announces Seven New Artists Performing in Split this Summer

March 4, 2020 - The unique destination music festival ULTRA Europe has announced even more names to the 2020 lineup. 

Even more electronic music stars will perform at the eighth edition of the ULTRA Europe music festival, to be held from July 10-12 at Park Mladezi in Split. On Tuesday, seven new names were revealed, joining many of the already announced performers. 

Namely, Above & Beyond, Dash Berlin, Dillon Francis, Joseph Capriati, Krewella, Oliver Heldens and Nicky Romero are the next batch of stars who will perform live in Split in front of tens of thousands of their fans from around the world, on one of the two biggest festival stages, according to organizers. Festivalgoers won’t have to wait long for another lineup announcement, either. 

Above & Beyond is an English electronic trio made up of Paavo Siljamaki, Jono Grant and Tony McGuinness. Their 17 successful years include the revolutionary radio show Group Therapy, tours of the world's most famous clubs and festivals, numerous primal dance anthems, and their own label featuring a catalog of excellent musicians. In less than a month, they are embarking on a major Acoustic III Tour, and even Croatian fans won't have to wait long to see them live. The performance in Split will be as original as ever.

The name Dash Berlin nearly says it all. This award-winning Dutchman has outstanding skills in leading his audience on an energetic musical journey. He says his success is due to the love of his fans who have always supported him and remained faithful to him throughout his career, and is recognized for his emotional and energetic quality dance music, which he loves to bring to the stage.

Another big Dutch star, Oliver Heldens, became one of the most sought-after DJs of today, and with his hit 'Turn Me On', he didn't get off the top of the dance charts. He has just completed a major tour of America, and his warm-up release for summer shows is his newly released single 'Take A Chance'. The ULTRA music family will be joined by successful Dutch musician Nicky Romero this summer, who recently dropped a new single called 'Falling', which brings his listeners back to the golden age of the electro house movement, but at a much faster pace. Vini Vici is an Israeli duo whose sound can be described as psytrance. The collaboration began in 2013 and is well known to the audience of ULTRA Europe.

Dillon Francis is an American DJ and producer known for being one of the pioneers of moombahton and moombachcore style. He is currently preparing for the start of the big Sugar, Spice & Everything tour, and will return to the ULTRA stage after a full four-year hiatus. Krewella is another name from America, made up of sisters Jahan and Yasmine Yousaf, who live in Los Angeles who have grown into true symbols of female power. Their rebellious fashion and attitude have encouraged millions of fans to embrace them, and their performances are considered one of the unique musical performances in the world.

Due to its cult status, and to the demand of a large number of fans, the Resistance dance arena is set to hit the biggest release this year, with Joseph Capriati joining the already announced Adam Beyer, Anna, Charlotte De Witte, Mace Plex and Marc Carola. This young Italian DJ and producer is recognized for his emotional techno sound, performed with special precision, charm and infectious energy that has become one of the hallmarks of the global club and festival scene.

You can find more information about Ultra Europe here.

Source: Dalmatinski Portal

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Friday, 28 February 2020

Ultra Europe's Joe Basic: Split Leading Destination for Music Tourism in World

February 28, 2020 - Ultra Europe's main man Joe Basic talks about the potential of the music festival in Split - and things are just getting started.

Within the “Talk & Grow by UNIST" lecture cycle, organized by the University of Split, Joe Basic, founder and director of MPG, a leading marketing and promotional agency in Southeast Europe, and director and promoter of Ultra Europe, explained how Split had become the world's leading destination for music tourism.

Namely, Slobodna Dalmacija reports that in his lecture, which he called "A Small Country for a Big Music Festival", Basic said, among other things, that one music festival could generate more than HRK 10 billion in additional spending, as it manages to attract the attention of 200 million people from around the world annually, and how much that ad is really worth.

“When we surveyed young people in 2013, only 34 percent of them knew how to show Croatia on the world map. Today, thanks to Ultra, 67 percent know where it is,” Bašić boasted.

He did his best to explain all of what Split would lose in the next five years if by any chance that famous, world-renowned electronic music festival left our town:

“The numbers are large, they would lose two million overnights, one billion euro spent, 150 million euro in the name of taxes, and Split would definitely not be the number one European destination for young people between 18 and 35,” said Basic.

He answered the students, who asked him questions about the problems he had discovered with Croatian bureaucracy and about his Croatian roots, but he also emphasized that Ultra in Split had not yet reached its maximum.

“I’m sure we're only halfway there. We have the opportunity to reach half a million overnights. By comparison, in the beginning, the ticket cost 85 euro, today it costs 169 euro, then, seven years ago, Split had only 6,700 beds, today there are 36,000. Overnights in 2013 were 24 euro, and today it is 67 euro, on average,” Basic concluded.

Ultra already announced the new release of Ultra Europe, which will take place from July 10-12, 2020.

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Wednesday, 4 December 2019

VIDEO: Relive Ultra Europe in Split with Official 2019 Aftermovie

December 4, 2019 - If anyone is still wondering why Ultra Europe in Split is such a hit, the official 2019 after movie should clear up any doubts. 

Dalmacija Danas writes that in nine minutes, the Ultra Europe Aftermovie tells the marvelous story of a music giant that has become one of the symbols of Split and Croatia. Three magnificent festival days at Split's Park Mladezi stadium were presented to the world in a magnificent film produced by Final Kid, and for the first time, Zagreb and many other fairy-tale Croatian locations are shown. For those who have not yet felt the magic and infectious energy of this unique destination festival, this will be more than a great invitation to join thousands of electronic music fans next summer.

The Ultra Europe Aftermovie traditionally comes out at the end of the year, with over 13 million views so far. 

The directing and editing are again credited to Charly Friedrichs and Diogo Camargo, and the film's superb quality is the result of the work of the talented and expert Final Kid Films film crew. All the footage was shot with RED digital movie cameras and top-notch equipment, and for a visual experience to be complete, all footage is in 4K resolution. More than 3 million kuna has been invested in the production of this nine-minute reminder of the best moments of the festival - and the live stream of the festival itself, which has been viewed in more than 124 countries around the world on Youtube and Facebook, has seen over 7 million views.

 

This year's film begins in the largest Croatian metropolis, with attractive views of the Zagreb Cathedral, Strossmayer Promenade, Upper Town, Central Station and the airport. The after movie also stars Croatian models Luna Valas and Paula Puškas, who take viewers on a journey through some of the most recognizable parts of Croatia. Swimming under the Krka waterfalls, walking through Primosten, and driving to Klis are just a few of the locations featured in the film, and girls are joined by another famous fashion name, Patrik Cvetko, on the way to Split.

“This was a truly special adventure and filming this will remain in my memory forever. We often forget how beautiful our country is, and to be able to visit it as a tourist, to feel the magic of its fairy-tale locations and to finally meet, socialize and dance with people from all over the world, was an unforgettable experience. I believe that the film will appeal to everyone and will show that our country is not only beautiful and worth visiting, but that we know how to do a top-notch and unique event and be a real host to the young people who come here from all over the world,” said Luna Valas.

After the spectacular scenes of the packed Park Mladezi lawn and fireworks above the big central stage, the film crew takes you to the other stages, RESISTANCE and UMF. Ultranauts are reminded of some of the performances of the DJs that marked the record-breaking festival release - Swedish House Mafia, Armin van Buuren, David Guetta, DJ Snake, Afrojack, Carl Cox, Adam Beyer, Maceo Plex, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano - and showed the fans of this festival why they are the best and love coming back to Split. 

“The seventh edition of Ultra Europe will be remembered for its numerous achievements and record numbers, and we are sure that the seventh Aftermovie will join the trend. It is a film that has an invaluable marketing and tourist value in promoting Croatia worldwide, especially for the target segment of young people aged 18 to 28. Bearing in mind all the potential and power of our films, which have been viewed by over 13 million people so far, we decided to start this year's trip to Split in Zagreb. Namely, during the festival, the Split Airport operates at full capacity, so our goal is to increase the number of arrivals and to direct our guests to use Zagreb and the Zagreb airport as an incoming destination. In addition to extending their stay, we will also give them the opportunity to experience continental and coastal Croatia,” said Joe Bašić, CEO of MPG Live, organizer of the festival.

Choosing a musical backdrop is vital for creating a successful emotional film to remind you of the most beautiful festival moments. The production team selected four singles that perfectly accompany the story - You & Me, performed by Futuristic Polar Bears, Daffy Muffin's Select, Tom Staar & Trace's East Soul, and Tim van Werd's Break the Night.

As the second-largest event in the Ultra Worldwide family, Ultra Europe announces a new experience with more than 160,000 fans from July 9 to July 15, 2020, in Split, Brac, Hvar and Vis. Tickets for the three days of Ultra Europe at Park Mladezi are already on sale, while the RESISTANCE Croatia tickets allow visitors to enjoy six days of music behind this music brand. 

For the full Ultra experience, or a seven-day journey to four magical locations and ten unique party stations, you’ll want to tag along to Destination UltraEurope, and in addition to three festival days in Split, you’ll go to the Ultra Europe Opening Party, Ultra Brac, Ultra Hvar, Resistance Hvar and party Resistance Vis. 

For all those coming to the eighth edition of the festival in the company of friends, group tickets are available - and, if you buy five tickets, the sixth ticket will be free.

The organizers also announced the possibility of paying in installments, and benefits also await the owners of Ultra Passport, the first international customer loyalty system for music festivals that continues to grow with more than half a million users.

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Friday, 2 August 2019

Ultra Europe 2019: A Look at Official Numbers from 7th Edition

The 7th edition of Ultra Europe 2019 closed its doors in July for what will be remembered as one of the best yet. Record numbers, a new location, four destinations, hundreds of performers, spectacular production, thousands of visitors, including many celebrities, and lifelong friendships made can quickly sum up the 7th edition of Ultra Europe - and on the heels of that success, Ultra has announced the new release. Namely, from July 10-12, 2020, Split will host the 8th edition! 

But before we get ahead of ourselves, here’s a look at the 7th edition of Ultra Europe, in numbers. 

Over the seven-day experience, more than 155,000 fans arrived from a record 143 countries to Ultra Europe this year, mostly from Spain, the United Kingdom, Norway, Australia, Germany, Sweden, Austria, the US, Canada and the Netherlands. There were more than 35,000 local fans, which is the highest ever, and the festival’s millionth visitor was recorded this year, making it by far the largest international event in Croatia. More than 2,000 people took part in the organization, more than 250 DJs played on 12 stages in 4 destinations, and more than 300 accredited local and foreign journalists closely followed the event. 

Ultra Europe saw a total reach of 10,000,000 + on social channels. More than 20,000,000 impressions were generated, over 500,000 likes, and official hashtags were popular - #UltraEurope was used over 150,000 times. The festival was also live-streamed on Facebook and YouTube, recording over 300,000 minutes of views, and the best moments can still be viewed on all official channels of the festival.

What sets ULTRA apart from all other festivals in the world is the way it connects music and destinations. The experience for visitors takes on a whole new dimension, and the promotion of Croatia is hardly measurable by any number. ULTRA takes its fans on a journey from Omiš, via Split to Brač, Hvar and Vis. However, festival guests are also happy to travel to Dubrovnik, to the Krka waterfalls and Plitvice Lakes, the places they have chosen in the official survey as those that are definitely worth a visit. Ultra guests stay almost seven days in Croatia on average and take pictures and memories with them to all parts of the globe. The destination adventure started on the island of Brač, at the 585 Club, before the madhouse moved to the sunniest Croatian island of Hvar. The music program began in front of the cascading pools of the Amfora Grand Beach Resort and continued at the Carpe Diem Beach Club. In the intimate and exclusive atmosphere of the 200-year-old Fort George Fort on Vis, better known as Fortica, the seventh ULTRA adventure came to an end. 

It was also the most talked-about news in recent months as many considered the famous festival leaving Poljud the wrong solution and a reason why Ultra could ultimately leave Croatia. Those behind this decision were silent yet wise as they eagerly waited to open the doors to their new home. So, is Ultra Europe moving to Park Mladeži for good? Fortunately, Park Mladeži did not disappoint and powerfully kicked off a new four-year festival period that is growing and evolving. Some 15,000 square meters larger than Poljud, representing three football fields, it has opened up new opportunities for organizers to use 30,000 square meters, which is accompanied by an increase in capacity for 55,000 visitors. Together with the City of Split and the Split Sports Facilities Public Institution, this location will develop into a leading sports and event location in the region. It is important to note that no major incidents were recorded during the festival in Split, and the seventh edition will be remembered for the smallest number of interventions by all services in history.

“This year we had only one goal - to fulfill all that we promised you at the beginning of the year! That we have succeeded in this is not only spoken by figures and facts, but also by the numerous positive comments we receive daily from our fans, and also from the performers themselves and the American festival owners. I would like to thank all those who contributed to this, and I would especially like to thank the residents of Split. We asked you to believe us and thank you for that! We have done everything necessary to make the festival the safest venue in the country, with the lowest number of interventions ever, confirming the success of the new location. Without cooperating with the local community and surrounding residents, this would not be possible, and I am sure that in the coming years we will further develop this location to further improve their living conditions during the festival and also make all Split citizens proud of Park Mladeži,” said Joe Bašić, Managing Director of MPG Live, the exclusive organizer of ULTRA Europe, adding:" Considering that the festival generates more than €20 million in free marketing promotions each year to the city of Split and Croatia, we will agree that this is one of the most important events in the history of the Croatian music and entertainment industry, and in order for this figure to be higher, it requires further solid and high-quality cooperation with the representatives of the authorities, local and tourism sector, as well as the support of all citizens of Split.”

The production of a festival this size is also no easy task, especially when you change the location just one month before the festival begins. However, among the many records broken at the 7th edition is the main stage. The length of the whole stage stretched 67.50 meters, which was also one of the longest stages in Europe and never before seen in our region. One pillar weighed more than 10 tons, and the roof had ballasts that, when filled with water, weighed about 50 tons. The Swedish House Mafia performance was an additional challenge - in just half an hour the existing scenery had to be dismantled, a special riser appeared, which looked like a 14m x 4m stage, with 88 meters of additional LED screens, additional lighting, and landings for pyrotechnics. More than 450 people worked at the festival and the equipment arrived in 50 trucks, including more than 1,800 light fixtures and more than 1,200 square meters of LED screens. There were also 240 meters of bar space, and to minimize the effect of noise, special attention was given to sound. A high-performance directional audio system was selected, and using the Cardioid Subwoofers, the sound wave coherently propagated only to the north of the stadium. Advanced Array Processing technology was also used to direct the sound waves into the dance floor to minimize the dissipation of the shielded zones and further limit the volume to 100 dB.

Last year, the Government of the Republic of Croatia declared the festival a strategically important project because of its large positive multiplier effects on the Croatian economy and the promotion of Croatia as a tourist destination. The realized GDP of the festival is approximately 0.08 percent of the total GDP of Croatia. It is not surprising, therefore, that this year many politicians and representatives of the tourism sector wanted to feel the magic of Ultra firsthand. Visitors included Minister of Culture Nina Obuljen Koržinek, Mayor of Split Andro Krstulović Opara, Mayor of Zagreb Milan Bandić, State Secretary Tonči Glavina, Director of the Croatian National Tourist Board Kristjan Staničić, Director of the Zagreb Tourist Board Martina Bienenfeld and Alijana Vukšić, Director of the Split Tourist Board.

Many celebrities like Vanna, who came with her husband and daughters, Ivo Radić, Anamarija Asanović, Ivan Tandarić from ELFS, Petar Grašo, Luka Nižetić, Damir Kedžo, Ivan Pažanin, Domenica, Hana, Ivan Huljić, Jole, Radovan Stošić, model Luna Valas, Paula Puškaš, Patrick Cvetko and Drago Pežić didn’t miss the fun at Park Mladeži.

Tickets for the eighth edition, which will be held from July 10 to 12, 2020, at Park Mladeži in Split, can be purchased on the official website.

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