While the Super Bowl was pretty boring, this weekend an epic battle kicked off over the right to Virginia Key Beach during one key weekend in March. News broke this weekend that Rapture decided to file a federal lawsuit against Ultra to stop it from hosting the festival this year. Despite showing no contract and no lineup, Rapture contends that it still has the right to put on its festival at Virginia Key Beach. Now Ultra has issued a press release in response to the suit:
FEBRUARY 2, 2019 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
There is no merit to yesterday’s lawsuit. To claim that Ultra has violated the law is both disappointing and misplaced. Ultra lawfully secured its license to host its annual production on Virginia Key, including by obtaining necessary approvals from the City of Miami Commission. We are excited to present our fans with what will be the best and most transformative music festival that we have ever produced by way of music, artists, experience, cutting edge and technologically advanced production elements and novel art installations. We look forward to hosting our 21st edition of the Ultra Music Festival at our new home at Miami Marine Stadium and Historic Virginia Key Beach Park on March 29, 30 and 31, 2019.
Thus far Rapture’s position is as follows:
You can read the full Complaint below. Stay tuned for Ultra to file its Answer or Motion to Dismiss shortly.