The Ultra Music Festival is embroiled in a federal lawsuit with its Croatian promoter counterpart who is alleging, among other things, unfair demands, profit losses and fraud.

The lawsuit, filed in Miami federal court, pits Ultra and its parent company, Worldwide Entertainment Group, against AMM Productions, which had been tasked with promoting and pulling off Ultra Europe. AMM claims the contract between the U.S. organizers turned out to be extremely unfavorable, and eventually resulted in huge losses, according to EDMTunes.  AMM also is accusing Ultra of fraud, saying the Miami-based festival did not own the trademark for Ultra Europe as organizers had claimed. The lawsuit says Ultra also had sought to take away any and all control of the European version of the festival from AMM, including selection of vendors, and blocked the promoter from social media site access.

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“Ultra repeatedly threatened to cancel the event when [we] did not acquiesce to Ultra’s increasingly burdensome demands. Reluctant to disappoint thousands of electronic music fans attending the yearly event, [we] strove to meet each and every demand by Ultra, even when such demands were unreasonable,”AMM representatives told YOUREDM. According to AMM, these demands included, “exclusive approval of vendors, prohibitively expensive staffing arrangements, luxury travel arrangements, and additional promotional fees.”

At the same time, Ultra’s US reps released an official statement reassuring the world that the festival will go on:

Since its inaugural edition in 2013, ULTRA Europe has been hosted every year on the idyllic Dalmatian Coast in Croatia. Thousands of passionate music lovers from all over the world attend the festival each year at the Poljud Stadium, and it has become the largest electronic music festival in Croatia.

 For the 5th anniversary of ULTRA Europe, we at ULTRA Worldwide, in conjunction with our distinguished local partners, have taken important steps to ensure that the 2017 event is a celebration consistent with the high standards that the ULTRA Worldwide brand demands.

Attendees can continue to look forward to this year’s event and future ULTRA-branded events in Croatia for years to come. In the coming days, we will be unveiling the 2017 ULTRA Europe™ lineup and more exciting details about this year’s event. We extend our gratitude to our fans and to the artists, local authorities, partners and others who offer their enduring support for ULTRA Europe™.

The Ultra Music Festival exploded on the scene in 1999 and is now one of the largest EDM events in North America, attracting 150,000 people to downtown Miami. Festivals in Asia, Africa, South America and the Caribbean have since attracted major headliners and even larger audiences.

The festival has a troubled history. There was question as to whether Ultra would go on after one person died of a drug overdose in 2014 and two others were hurt in a trampling accident, leaving them in critical condition for weeks. A security guard also was injured after a crowd rushed the fence she was guarding and attempted to force their way into the festival.

Maggie O'Brien

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Maggie O'Brien has been a journalist for more than 15 years. She's covered everything from from crime to politics to fitness. Writing about bands and shows takes her back to the days of going to punk rock shows in the Midwest.
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