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Ultra Music Festival has announced that the festival is introducing a minimum age policy starting next year. Next year's Ultra, slated for March 27, 28, & 29, will require that all attending must be 18 years or older.

Organizers made an official statement: 

"While we sincerely value the incredible ongoing support from our younger fans, we ultimately believe that Ultra Music Festival is a premium event geared towards adults. This decision has been made to reinforce and promote the safety of all Ultra Music Festival fans and to ensure the overall enjoyment of all future attendees. We are extremely grateful for all the support we have received from our younger fan base to date and we encourage them to attend the festival once they reach the appropriate age. Until then, our free YouTube stream 'ULTRA LIVE' is available worldwide for everyone, all ages to enjoy and to share in the Ultra experience."

Newly hired Ultra Music Festival Security Director and former Miami Beach Police Chief Ray Martinez, adds: 

"The first step to having fun is feeling safe. We have chosen to adopt several new measures during next year’s festival to ensure our event is safe and secure. The first step to preserving the unique atmosphere that Ultra is famous for is to be proactive in attracting the right crowd."

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