EDM fans get $15K tables, $10K tickets

Miami Music Week's Ultra Music Festival, Winter Music Conference attract cash


MIAMI – Ultra Music Festival, a world-famous three-day downtown Miami invasion,  sold out, as electronic dance music fans were willing to spend thousands for a good time. 

On social media, there was some panic among EDM fans who didn't have tickets, but were traveling to Miami anyway. A Reddit user posted Friday morning: "On the plane, realized I left my ticket back in Boston. Guys I'm about to cry. Please what can I do. Will they let me get another pair if these are unused." 

A few offered solutions to the Reddit user's dilemma. The most popular: "Have someone overnight them to you so you can go tomorrow/Sunday at least"  and  "hit up some pool parties today instead if they won't let you in. You could buy a new ticket for today and sell it tomorrow when your other ticket gets here." 

Getting a ticket will be nearly impossible and it is likely that amid the frenzy many criminals will try to take advantage of the electronic dance music crowd. There are three events this weekend in Miami and Miami Beach: The Winter Music ConferenceThe Miami Music Week and UMF. 

UMF security chief Ray Martinez said they were expecting some 170,000 at Bayfront Park, where the festival kicks off Friday afternoon. 

There were dozens in downtown Miami and Miami Beach claiming to be selling UMF tickets to tourists eager to witness performances by Deadmau5, Carl Cox, Avicii and Afrojack. Skrillex won't be there.

Police warned of possible fraud with scalpers and scammers. Federal agents continue to target the booming counterfeit ticket business using advanced printing technology. 

There were ads claiming UMF tickets for as low as $140 to $150. The ads flooded Craigslist  and Reddit when tickets with UMF cost between $325 to $1,250 plus fees. And the high DJ performance fees would make that impossible. 

StubHub had a few tickets left ranging from $490 to $10,000 for two VIP three-day general admission tickets. CheapTickets had a few ranging from $518 to $2,185 and SeatGeek had tickets for $611 to $1,300.  

Nightclubs were also raising prices for bottle service Friday. David Guetta was playing at Fontainebleau's LIV, 4441 Collins Ave., where bottle service ranged from $3,000 to 15,000. Martin Garrix was at Story, 136 Collins Ave., where tables ranged from $3,000 to $15,000. Chainsmokers was at E11even, 29 NE 11 St., in downtown, where prices ranged from $3,750 to $12,000. 

Trance scene pool parties were also in the thousands. TableList had packages for the two most popular: Shore Club's tables ranged from $1,500 to $2,500 and tables at Hyde South Beach ranged from $1,500 to $5,000. 

Although UMF ends Sunday, the other two events, The Winter Music Conference and Miami Music Week will go on through most of the month of March. 

Authorities asked victims ticket scammers on the web to contact the National Association of Ticket Brokers at 630-510-4594, the Better Business Bureau on their site online form and with the Federal Trade Commission at 1-877-382-4357. 

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