Saturday, March 06, 2004

ultra music festival 2004

An insanely huge event at Bayfront Park in Miami, that I totally pulled a paparazzi on. When we entered the festival, the ticket folks did not seem to care that I had a camera. I walked around almost all day taking photos everywhere, with some of the best music in the world as my soundtrack.

The full lineup included The Chemical Brothers, Rabbit in the Moon, Paul Oakenfold, Paul van Dyk, Tiƫsto, Sasha, John Digweed, Erick Morillo, The Rapture, Richie Hawtin aka Plastikman, Boy George, a Tommy Lee live drum & DJ set, Pete Tong, Perry Farrell aka Peretz, Way Out West, Junke XL, LCD Soundstream, Ferry Corsten, Goldie, Fabio, Miss Kittin, Swayzak, Infusion, Jackal & Hyde, Deepsky, Adult, Uberzone, Kevens, Planet B, Cirrus, Chromio, Avenue D, Motorcycle, Galaxy Girl, Hialeah.Sound.System., Sensei, Salim Rafiq, Silence Repellent, Junior Vasquez, Satoshi Tomiie, Peter Rauhofer, 2 Many DJs, Sister Bliss, Gabriel & Dresden, Smokin Jo, DMP, Johan Gielen, Keoki, PHotex, James Holden, Chus & Ceballos, D:Fuse, Tom Stephan aka Superchumbo, Marco V, Corvin Dalek, Ambulance LTD, Tommie Sunshine, DJ Unknown, Avenue D, Clayton Steel aka Fello, and a bunch of others on 12 stages, 2 oceanfornt main stages!

It all fell apart around 11 pm though.  Creeping up quickly behind me, an Amazonian bulldog of the Security sort grabbed my arm and insisted I leave the area with her.

I thought and demanded, "WTF is going on?"

She said nothing.  Eyes forward, moving forward, dragging me along.

Suddenly, I hear my comrade DJ Solaris calling out nearby, the very same thing I had been asking.  I immediately began wiggling my camera behind my back.  He came up quickly, snagging it from my flailing hand, scampering away.

As we reached the exit, Ms Bulldog initiated the discussion, telling me that folks had seem me shooting with a proper Press Pass.  I explained how I had gained obvious and undeterred entry to the event.  She only snorted, and asked to have the camera.

I smiled saying, "I'm not really sure at this point.  Either my comrade has it, or somebody else got lucky while we were walking along.

She pointed at the gate and told me, "Leave Now."

As she stormed away, DJ Solaris emerged form the shadows ask what that was all about, with my camera safe in hand.  He could not have had better timing, having actually been off to another location, while all this was going on.

The show really was an intense experience though, and I look forward to going back under more authorized circumstances.12 stages had us going from stage to stage to stage all day long. Many thanks go out to the St Louis kids, for getting us up close to the stage!

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