BRAZIL: Representing the jewel in the crown of the entire Ultra tour, this month saw the highly anticipated first edition of Ultra Brasil in Rio de Janeiro from October 14 – 15. The completely sold out, two-day festival took over the imposing and iconic Sambódromo (most famously known as the home of Rio’s annual carnival), attracting over 60,000 fans to the north of the city for what turned out to be one of the undisputed highlights of Ultra’s 2016 calendar.
Set against a backdrop of the Corcovado and Cristo Redentor, the enormous Ultra Main Stage – which was graced by headliners including Above & Beyond, Dash Berlin, Hardwell, Krewella (Live), Martin Garrix, DJ Snake and Steve Aoki – provided the perfect centrepiece for the juggernaut event, complete with state of the art production, lighting and pyrotechnics.
Offering an entirely different experience altogether, Ultra’s burgeoning Resistance concept was also in full force across both days of the festival. Tale of Us, Hot Since 82, Art Department, Matthias Tanzmann, Anna and more provided the entertainment on day one, before the reins were handed to Carl Cox, who welcomed Nic Fanciulli, Nicole Moudaber, Steve Lawler, Matador, Pan-Pot, Jon Rundell and more for another infamous Carl Cox & Friends gathering.
In an exclusive partnership with MTV Latin America (and in a first for Ultra Worldwide), Ultra Brasil was broadcast live to over 50 million households in 26 countries across the continent. The two-day live stream was hosted on MTV’s digital platforms in Latin America and Brazil, in addition to the primetime specials that were also televised live from the Sambódromo across the weekend.