March 30, 2014


Miami Mayor Calls to Ban Ultra Music Festival After Gate Crash

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Update: Ultra Music Festival has released a statement commenting on the situation. Here it is in full: "The event organizers of Ultra Music Festival share the sentiments of our security partner, CSC, with regard to the condition of Erica Mack, the security guard currently receiving treatment at Jackson Memorial Hospital. The Ultra Family hopes for a swift and full recovery.The event organizers prohibit any form of unlawful entry in to the eventgrounds.  Preliminary investigations show that the incident was caused by individuals not in possession of event tickets and who were determined to gain unauthorized entry.  Every year the event organizers work collaboratively with police and other municipal partners along with the organizers' independent security partners to ensure the safety of all patrons, crew and working personnel. Because a thorough investigation in underway, event organizers regret that additional comment cannot be provided at this time. The event coordinators are cooperating fully with investigative authorities."

Miami's mayor is calling to ban the Ultra Music Festival from returning next year after a female security guard was trampled by fans and left in critical condition. 

The tragic incident happened on Friday night, the first of the three-day electronic music festival, which is expected to attract more than 160,000 concertgoers, and is currently underway in Bayfront Park in Downtown Miami. 

The Miami Herald reports that 28-year-old Erica Mack, the private guard working the event, was hospitalized after suffering severe brain hemorrhaging and is in critical, but stable condition as of Saturday night. According to the Miami New Times, Lt. Ignatius Carroll said that mob storming the fence where Mack was stationed did not have tickets. "They saw an opportunity to try to get in without paying," said Lt. Ignatius Carroll. "There must have been a whole lot of people. We found her on the ground, screaming in pain."

Speaking to the Herald, Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado said Ultra organizers "acted irresponsibly" by not taking the proper measures to ensure the safety of the staff.

"I think we should not have Ultra next year here," Regalado said. "This incident should never have happened."

Ultra organizers have not commented on the incident. Check back to for updates. And see all of our coverage from Ultra here.