The 11th edition of Miami’s Ultra Music Festival took place on March 27-28 on the beachfront at Bicentennial Park. The outdoor electronic music event, held annually in Miami during the Winter Music Conference, attracted 70,000 revelers who moved and grooved will into the night to acts such as Tiësto, Black Eyed Peas, The Prodigy, Paul Van Dyk and Bloc Party among many others.
Spread across multiple stages, lighting director and stage designer for the entire festival was Stephen Lieberman, President of SJ Lighting, Inc. of Agoura Hills, California who took advantage of the chance to test drive Martin’s MAC III Profile™.
“Felix Lighting was my vendor for the main stage and they had recently purchased 32 MAC III Profile units,” Lieberman commented. “I was very interested in using this fixture because of the output and advanced features – focus tracking, and great aerial gobos were perfect for this environment.”
The MAC III Profiles were the primary profile fixture used on the main stage with fixtures mounted across three flown trusses as well as several units placed on the deck. Other Martin gear also got into the act. The MAC III units on the main stage were joined by 38 Atomic 3000™ strobes while MAC 700 Profiles™ and MAC 700 Washes™ were used on Stage 2 and MAC 250 Entours™ on Stage 5.
“The equipment held up extremely well in a harsh environment, getting worked pretty hard to electronic music all night long,” Lieberman stated.
As in past years, the 2009 edition of the Ultra Music Festival was a rousing success. Lieberman thanks Production Manager Ray Steinman for his hard work. “Without him, none of this would have been possible. I have the highest level of respect for the man,” he says. He also thanks his entire crew, Felix Lighting, Paradigm Lighting, PRG, Lasernet and Large Screen Video. “Everybody did a phenomenal job getting it done,” he concludes.