MASQUERADE MOTEL GUESTLIST LINEUP:
A-Trak, AN21, Armand van Helden, Calvin Harris, Dirty South, Kim Fai, Max Vangeli, Pete Tong, Third Party, Thomas Gold
Here’s my take. Everyone was very upset when they heard SHM was not playing UMF and instead creating their own exclusive event not only because the trio of Swedes wouldn’t be dropping the tracks which became the EDM anthems of 2010 (and possibly 2011), but also because they would be roping in other artists that could’ve performed at Ultra. Although I am certain that the Masquerade Motel is going to be an incredible event, when weighing the ticket price/lineup to UMF, I still think the latter is the better option.
If you’re looking for the biggest artists, Masquerade presents SHM, Dirty South, Duck Sauce (damn), and Calvin Harris (although Harris recently announced that he would no longer be singing during his acts, which I consider a huge blow to his live appeal). Ultra on the other hand is guaranteed to have a much larger number of high-caliber DJs. I suppose if you’re not a Cut Copy, Empire of the Sun, or Deadmau5 fan, the Masquerade may be a good mid-Ultra option, but I still think UMF is the way to go.
To each their own. I’ll be at Ultra enjoying the hundreds of artists in attendance… however there will be a little part of me which will be yearning for these tracks:
One (Original Mix)
One (Your Name) ft. Pharell
Miami 2 Ibiza
Miami 2 Ibiza (Static Revenger Dub Mix)