It depends on your perspective!
This weekend sees the return of the Ultra Music Festival which runs March 25 through 27 in Bayfront Park - the festival wasn't held in 2020 or 2021 due to the pandemic and fans are understandably excited by the return of the event.
But for those who live in the local area and aren't fans of DJs like David Guetta and Armin Van Buuren who are performing at the event, it could just signal a weekend of noise, crowds and disruption. Over 55,000 people are expected to party at the event during the weekend.
What if you're not a fan?
For fans of electronic dance music (EDM), the festival is an annual highlight that's been sorely missed in recent years.
For everyone else, including those living in downtown Miami, it's potentially just another source of noise as the loud music spills out from the venue's stages in Bayfront Park.
There's also the large volume of people and traffic that will be brought to the area. This will combine with those attending other events in the Miami area this weekend including Miami Music Week, the Miami Open, a Miami Heat basketball game and spring break.
Finally there are concerns over the levels of crime that could be seen in the area that are associated with the event, even though in recent years, these have been declining. In 2018, the last time the festival was held at Bayfront Park, there were 27 arrests compared to 2017 when there were 35.
Police are optimistic and prepared
While residents of downtown may have their concerns, it seems like Miami Police Department are confident in their preparations. Miami Police Chief Manny Moreno had this to say:
“We have enhanced planning this year to prevent incidents that you have seen at other venues around the nation and we’re very confident that we have a solid plan”
Events such as Ultra need to get underway again as the world returns to its new normal after the pandemic. Here's hoping that the event goes off without any trouble and that those attending have a good time (without infringing on those who live locally but don't want to take part!).
What do you think about events such as Ultra Music Festival taking part near residential areas? Will you be attending? Let me know in the comments section below.