ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL to Launch Preliminary National Tour, 3/1

ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL to Launch Preliminary National Tour, 3/1As the 15th edition of ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL in Miami draws ever closer-with the first weekend taking place March 15-17 just over a month away-the festival has announced the "ROAD TO ULTRA: A LONG WAY FROM HOME" North American Club Tour. Venturing into nine markets around the U.S., the "ROAD TO ULTRA" tour bus will move through six states as it stops off to delight music lovers in ATLANTIC CITY, NEW YORK, BOSTON, SYRACUSE, PONTIAC, CHICAGO, AUSTIN, SOUTH PADRE ISLAND and HOUSTON. Spearheading this assault will be Dutch superstar Fedde le Grand with Sultan & Ned Shepard, who will bring a bit of the experience of the world's premier electronic dance music event to club-goers for the festival's first ever North American club tour before ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL kicks off Friday, March 15.

Fedde Le Grand is no stranger to ULTRA stages and is guaranteed to bring the same expertise behind the decks as ever, both throughout the tour and when he lands in Miami on the first Friday afternoon to rock the ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL 2013 Main Stage. Always a favorite with fans across the globe and ever the consummate professional, he's the perfect choice to get audiences up and down the U.S. moving to the ULTRA beat. More than ably supporting Fedde for each date of this tour is Canada-based electro duo Sultan + Ned Shepard, whose live shows have won them great acclaim in addition to releases such as 2012's "Walls" and their most recent offering "Army" that saw them join forces with Nervo.

This is the first time ever that ULTRA has put on a series of events of this kind in the 15 years since it all began, andfans can expect the same relentless energy and superior quality to be delivered through the speaker systems of each club on the tour as they will be pounding out of every stack in Bayfront Park come March 15.

The ROAD TO ULTRA: A LONG WAY FROM HOME North American Tour Dates are:

Fri 3/1 Atlantic City, NJ HQ @ Revel
Sat 3/2 New York, NY Pacha
Sun 3/3 Boston, MA Prime
Mon 3/4 Syracuse, NY Westcott Theatre
Wed 3/6 Pontiac, MI Elektricity
Thu 3/7 Chicago, IL The Mid
Tue 3/12 Austin, TX La Zona Rosa / SXSW
Wed 3/13 S Padre Island, TX Club Chaos
Thu 3/14 Houston, TX Stereo Live

As the world's most famous outdoor electronic music festival, ULTRA has won "Best Music Event" by the International Dance Music Awards (IDMA) six consecutive years, from 2005 to 2011, "Best International Dance Music Festival" by the Ibiza DJ Awards in 2008 and "Best Festival" by the Village Voice Media New Times consecutively five years running from 2005 through 2009. Originally created as a pure EDM (electronic dance music) festival in 1999, ULTRA has grown through the years to present not only the genre's hottest, biggest and best headline artists (The Prodigy, Swedish House Mafia, The Chemical Brothers, Tiësto, David Guetta, deadmau5, Underworld, Kraftwerk, Armin van Buuren, Moby, Fatboy Slim, Justice, Carl Cox and Avicii to name a few), but also crossover headline bands that incorporate EDM elements in their music and have a history or new beginning in the EDM community and culture (The Cure, The Killers, New Order, Duran Duran, The Black Eyed Peas, Erasure, M83, Santigold, The Ting Tings, Cut Copy, Empire of the Sun and Bloc Party). In 2012, global pop icon Madonna appeared as a special surprise guest-the festival's gift to their fans-to introduce the main stage final headlining artist AVICII, joining him behind the decks to premiere his UMF remix of her new single "Girl Gone Wild." The year also was the subject of CAN U FEEL IT, a major documentary feature about the festival, which was shown in over 500 theatres nation-wide. Together with its signature, cutting-edge productions, ULTRA is unrivalled by consistently presenting the world's greatest, most diverse EDM line-ups year after year.

In 2013, as it celebrates its 15 year anniversary, ULTRA will become the first major EDM festival in the world to expand to two weekends with dates set for March 15, 16 and 17 and March 22, 23 and 24. Weekend 2 is already sold out, and Ultra has broken their previous record with ticket sales in 77 countries so far for the 2013 Festival.

A global brand, ULTRA takes place in Miami, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Ibiza and Korea, expanding into Europe with ULTRA EUROPE July 2013 in Croatia.