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Mar 22

Ultra Music Festival – Day 3

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Dave202 vs Cerf, Mitiska & Jaren - Arrival vs Beggin You (Armin van Buuren Mashup) [Armada]
Zedd - Autonomy (Lucky Date Remix) [BugEyed]
Justice vs Wolfgang Gartner - Illmerica Are Your Friends (Steve Camp Mashup)
It's safe to say that this year's Ultra Music Festival has one of the greatest collections of dance music talent our fair North American shores has ever seen. Day 3 in particular marks a new point in UMF's growth as a music festival that has never been more than two days long. So what kind of treats did Ultra put in the goodie bag for us on the last day?

While big beat legends Chemical Brothers and pop-house sensation David Guetta headline the main stage, the big story has got to be Armin van Buuren, who takes command of his own stage to commemorate the 500th episode of his legendary weekly radio show, A State of Trance (trailer below). With over 30 million listeners, the internationally syndicated show has played a pivotal role in Armin's exponential rise to prominence over the last decade. To join the celebration, the stage will feature guests like trance legend Ferry Corsten, new superstars Sander van Doorn and Gareth Emery, and fan favorite Cosmic Gate--yeah, really stacked. Whether you're a trance fan or not, the A State of Trance stage will be a special opportunity to celebrate the culmination of Armin's spectacular career as a pioneer of progressive trance, and a persona that is universally beloved.

Not a trance fan? Trust me, there's tons of house, electro, and dubstep saturated throughout Day 3, so pick and choose who you want to see most. For dubstep fans, the big name of the day has to be Skrillex, whose melodically composed, hard-hitting style took the dance world by storm this past year. He'll be playing at the Tower of Ultra stage, which also features some top-notch electronica talent including Gaslamp Killer.

The parade of North American artists on Day 3 continues with Savoy, Zedd, and one of my favorite electro artists of the moment, Harvard Bass, who received rave reviews at Los Angeles' Audiotistic Festival, and will be performing at the Heineken Dome right before Canadian dubstep giants Zeds Dead.

If you're looking for more electro house, fear not! Wolfgang Gartner graces the main stage during the middle of the day. This is a good opportunity to check out the big stage as Wolfgang will be promptly followed by Laidback Luke, who was credited with one of the most memorable sets of UMF last year.

So there you go; take your picks and go have some fun in the sun! Day 1 offers an interesting mix of old legends like Tiesto, young upstarts like Porter Robinson, and a slew of top-notch live performers such as Royksopp and STS9. Day 2 features an explosive stage of dubstep and dnb all day with names like Rusko, Excision, Andy C, and Nero. Don't forget the Carl Cox & Friends Stage, which will feature electro, tech house, and techno guests. The Carl Cox stage switches themes on the third day to host Armin van Buuren's A State of Trance 500 party. Day 3 is trance and electro heavy, but strong options in dubstep, techno, and electronica are available as well.

Three incredible days of dance music in the sunshine state. Plan well, stay safe, and of course, have fun! LessThan3 will see you Miami.