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These Ultra Music Festival Photos Prove 2016 Was As Wild As Ever

The Huffington Post logo The Huffington Post 22/03/2016 Janie Campbell
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If your festival plans involve little more than that desert event in California, boy, are you missing out. 

This year's Ultra Music Festival swarmed into downtown Miami over the weekend, and it's as high on EDM and dance music as ever after 18 years in action and several international spinoffs. From Peaches to DJ Snake to DJ Khaled to Hardwell, Avicii and a 50-ton metal "rave spider" made from recycled jet engines, the three-day multi-stage bacchanalia let the good times roll and kept them rolling. Even a last-minute cancellation from headliners The Prodigy on Saturday didn't dampen the fun: some guy named deadmau5 simply stepped in. 

(If you thought perhaps Ultra is the one place a person could escape the specter of Donald Trump, well, nope.)  

As per usual, half the fun was people watching. We sent photographer Marisa Matluck into the depths to capture the characters, vibe, outrageous outfits and overall business of Ultra. And if you're convinced to give it a whirl, you should know dates for 2017 have already been announced -- and tickets will sell out fast. 

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