Ultra Music Festival 2016 Lineup Breakdown

Martin Garrix, Afrojack, Avicii and Hardwell lead the charge at the world's biggest EDM fest.
Skrillex and Diplo
Skrillex and Diplo © Ian Witlen
By Elliott Sharp

What: Ultra Music Festival 2016
Where: Miami, FL
When: Mar. 18-20
Tickets: Available at ultramusicfestival.com 

1. Headliners

As it normally goes with Ultra, happening every year during Miami Music Week, several artists playing the main stage each night could reasonably be the headliners. But here are the acts bringing each wild night to a close.

On Friday, Martin Garrix, the 19-year-old EDM star from the Netherlands, will blow everyone’s minds. His debut album is due out this year and he also recently announced his very own record label, STMPD RCRDS. Awesome.

The one and only Hardwell will crush the stage Saturday night. The Dutch house producer released his debut album, “United We Are,” last year. In addition to headlining Ultra, Hardwell is bringing a massive virtual reality/360 video livestream performance to Miami Music Week on Mar. 16 at Nikki Beach. Crazy.

The Sunday headliner is the combination of Pendulum and Knife Party. Two members of the former formed the latter in 2011, and on this very special night in Ultra Music Festival history, the two will merge for an amazing Pendulum Knife Party. Epic.

2. Other Big Names

Ultra 2016 is a who’s who of the always expanding and increasingly diverse EDM world. Here are some of the most popular performers, in alphabetic order: Afrojack, Armin Van Buuren, Avicci, Carl Cox, David Guetta, deadmau5, Kaskade, Miike Snow, Nero, the Prodigy, Richie Hawtin, DJ Snake, Steve Angello, Tiesto, Tycho and, last but not least, Zedd.

Ultra Music Festival 2015
The United States of Ultra © Ian Witlen

3. Fine Print

The Ultra live stage is always a hoot and this year it's where you'll see Chet Faker, AlunaGeorge, Purity Ring and Crystal Castles. Over on Carl Cox's stage, there will be sets by Apollonia and Nicole Moudaber. Other fine print highlights include Art Department, Duke Dumont, Galantis, Icona Pop, Thomas Jack and Skream.

Are you ready?
Are you ready? © Ian Witlen

4. Surprises

Ten years agao, Caribou was a rising indie rock band with dance music tendencies. Now, thanks to Caribou's Dan Snaith's more dance music leanings with his Daphni project and with Caribou's 2014 album, "Our Love," being nominated for a Grammy in the Best Dance/Electronic Album category, here we are: Caribou is playing the live stage Friday night at Ultra. Nobody could've predicted this while listening to "Andorra" back in 2007.

Also surprising: the lack of Skrillex.

Ultra Music Festival 2015 Main Stage
Ultra's Main Stage © Ian Witlen

5. Takeaway

Don't ask us how this is even possible but somehow — SOMEHOW —Ultra 2016 will be even more insane than all previous Ultras combined.

Fun in the front row at Ultra
Fun in the front row © Ian Witlen
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