THE BREAKDOWN: Ultra 2019's Phase 1 Lineup Compared To The Last Four Years

The section 1 lineup for Ultra 2019 and it’s huge! With Marshmello, The Chainsmokers, Martin Garrix and Zedd as returning as headliners, plus new names Rezz, Zeds Dead, and NGHTMRE & Slander making their major stage debuts, subsequent yr is shaping as much as be one other stellar yr for Ultra Music Festival.

But how does it stack up towards the previous 4 years Ultra?

Well, let’s begin with the plain: Ultra performs favorites. Afrojack, Armin van Buuren, David Guetta and Tiësto won't ever not play Ultra. The identical goes for a lot of the Resistance artists: The Martinez Brothers are again, as are Maceo Plex, Jamie Jones and Joseph Capriati, Loco Dice, and Sasha + John Digweed. We assume Hardwell can be enjoying 2019 as effectively if he didn’t make the choice earlier this yr to for some time.

However, whereas Ultra does play favorites, in addition they prefer to throw some curveballs. In 2015, Skrillex took to the primary stage, and Martin Garrix performed it for the primary time in his profession. Die Antwoord, Deep Dish, Porter Robinson, Kygo, and Bassnectar additionally all featured as fan favorites. In 2016, Pendulum dwell made its return, plus Rabbit within the Moon. 2017 was by far the weakest the previous 4 years for the primary stage, however the dwell stage was surprisingly superior: Ice Cube, Justice, The Prodigy, and Underworld.

Then in 2018, Ultra introduced again Swedish House Mafia, Marshmello and The Chainsmokers headlined the primary stage, and Virtual Self dominated the dwell stage.

So how does 2019 stack up? Well, apart from the lineup, there are loads unknown variables this yr. The largest all is that we don't know what the brand new levels can be like – with the brand new venue, it opens up loads prospects, together with a bigger dwell stage. It wouldn’t make a lot sense to place Odesza in that tiny amphitheater in Bayfront Park. But a brand new dwell stage with unknown capability? Now, that’s one thing Ultra can work with.

In addition, deadmau5 will debut his Cube for the primary time, Illenium will play Ultra for the primary time, Griz will play Ultra for the primary time, and there’s nonetheless extra to be introduced.

Plus, Jeffrey Sutorius makes his solo debut after breaking apart with Dash Berlin.

As for the primary stage headliners in 2019, Rezz, Zeds Dead, and NGHTMRE & Slander current Gud Vibrations will lastly all get their shot. However, the choice to convey The Chainsmokers and Marshmello again to the primary stage for the second yr in a row is questionable; it stands to purpose that their units can be pretty just like this yr’s. Loads The Chainsmokers’ 2018 set was made IDs from their new album Sick Boy, together with the unreleased collaborations with NGHTMRE and Aazar. Now that they’re out, what new music will they need to push? As for Marshmello, he’s put out loads new music in 2018, however you may’t convey out Will Smith two years in a row. And he’s additionally fairly the DJ chameleon, enjoying regardless of the crowd needs to listen to. In a means, his units won't ever go awry, however there isn’t a lot experimentation there, both.

With nonetheless extra artists to be introduced, we’re excited and hopeful in regards to the state Ultra 2019. But as for section 1 and the way it stacks up towards the previous 4 years, it’s a robust contender for greatest the bunch. Check out the previous 4 years’ section 1 lineups under, in addition to this yr’s.

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