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Mar 07, 2022

Ultra Music Festival 2022 Preview Part 1: The Mainstage

As the triumphant return of Ultra Music Festival draws near, we’ll be bringing you a three part preview highlighting the best that the lineup has to offer. To get things started, we begin with Ultra’s centerpiece, the iconic Ultra Mainstage. Read on for an in depth day by day look at the artists gracing the stage and stay tuned for parts two and three of our Ultra preview!

If you recall our 2019 A State Of Dance Music report, 8 of the top 10 tracklists of 2019 came from the Ultra Mainstage, and in 2022, 6 of those artists return to the stage. One of them, Nicky Romero, will take front and center stage on Friday as the second artist to play and his set is sure to be packed with new music. Heavily road testing new IDs on his return to touring, expect new Nicky Romero tracks alongside big cuts from his label Protocol Recordings. Next up is Timmy Trumpet, who just got his first international tour in two years underway last week with shows in the US and Mexico. Always the entertainer, he has long been one of the most popular Tomorrowland sets, and it’s time that he showcases his one of a kind stage presence at Ultra in Miami! 
If you needed more evidence of tech house taking over the mainstream, look no further than FISHER stepping up to the stage next. Rocking the biggest venues across the world and no matter if playing alongside certified underground legends or EDM superstars, you can’t deny FISHER’s feel good vibe. For an artist who typically doesn’t release much music, he’s also ramped up his releases ahead of his Ultra appearance with “Palm Beach Banga” doing the damage at the moment and a new Shermanology collab out on March 11. Long time Ultra stand out Alesso takes over the Mainstage next and his set at Ultra Taiwan in November of 2020 has been arguably the most iconic Ultra moment during the pandemic break. Perennial fan favorite Martin Garrix follows next with a first time closing performance given to Kygo to close out day 1!
Day 2 sees the action get going early with Tommie Sunshine, who’s always known to bring new tunes from his label Brooklyn fire as well as upfront house music. Ultra resident Mykris takes over afterwards, followed by Sam Feldt, who’s built his repertoire with Ultra performing on both the Live Stage and Mainstage previously. Expect sunny, feel good vibes, with a high likelihood for some fun live instrumentation. Another of the longest standing Ultra performers, Jeffrey Sutorious is back on the Mainstage for 2022. You can always expect a mix of club anthems and big vocals, but with his recent commitment to Revealed Recordings, we’re curious to hear what new music he has in store.

Long-time Ultra Mainstage performers Tchami and Oliver Heldens take over duties next, and both have continued to evolve and push boundaries with their sounds outside of the future house movement they helped to create. You can expect up front tech and bass house from both as well as techno from Oliver Heldens, whose alias HI_LO has caught fire over the past year and boasts many of the top techno tracks of 2021 on 1001Tracklists. Timeless Tiësto takes over from there for a very special sunset set. As someone who always has his finger on the pulse of electronic music, expect big IDs, Musical Freedom hits, guest appearances, and of course some classics.
In the past we’ve spoken with Afrojack about the work he puts into his major festival sets, and you can expect him to deliver in a big way. A master in the mix and usually working on all four decks, get ready for new tunes from himself, his house alias Kapuchon, as well as some of the key figures on his label Wall Recordings like Chico Rose and Cesqeaux. Finishing out Saturday, DJ Snake is next up, followed by another first time closing act, Illenium. The American superstar has been selling out arena shows across the country and his Ultra set provides the perfect opportunity to really elevate himself to a global star with his appearance and the live stream!
On Sunday, Miami based DJ Cedric Gervais gets things going and will look to get the energy up quickly ahead of Vini Vici. The Israeli duo have become staples on the A State Of Trance stage, and for day 3 they bring their psy trance sound to the Mainstage. They’ll be ready with loads of new music as their label Alteza has plenty of big room crossovers as an imprint of Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike’s label Smash The House. Global phenom ACRAZE is up next, and you can expect maybe the loudest call and response when he plays his viral sensation and #1 track of 2021, “Do It To It.” If you’re not familiar with him as a DJ, get ready for high energy house music and don’t miss our interview where we talked about his rebranding and relaunch right before “Do It To It.”

Another Ultra Music Festival debut comes next with the only back to back set on the Ultra Mainstage, Vintage Culture b2b Claptone! Both artists, who have never played together before, look to strike up a new chemistry and will bring their infectious house grooves to inject the stage with a fresh sound. After Friday’s performance and A State Of Trance stage takeover, Armin van Buuren heads to the Mainstage on Sunday for another of his awe inspiring sets. Past years have seen him bring Lucas & Steve, Conrad Sewell, and Shapov on stage to debut collaborations, and 2019 even saw him bring up David Lee Roth to perform a never before heard remix of Van Halen’s “Jump” as part of his intro, so we’re curious to see what and who he has in store for 2022!

Future Rave pioneer David Guetta will take over the reins from Armin, and together with MORTEN, he has promised an evolution of their innovative sound. Expect loads of new IDs as the duo have been quiet on collab releases and many are expecting them to unleash an arsenal of tunes at Ultra. Closing the festival is a mystery headliner and the anticipation has never been higher. Rewind to 2018 when Swedish House Mafia’s surprise closing performance revitalized dance music and you can’t help but get goosebumps when thinking about this year. Rumored to be Hardwell, it would be his first show back after over three years of retirement and a perfect way to close the weekend!  
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