For the 16th year in a row, Ultra Music Festival set the bar for every other festival in 2014, and made it impossible to beat. From March 28-30th, a park in downtown Miami raged with one million watts of energy, enough to power a small country, says Stephen Lieberman, founder of SJ Lighting, Inc., production designer and lighting designer for the Carl Cox & Friends Arena.
For the tenth year in a row, Carl Cox performed for Ultra attendees. "Last year, I was already blown away. I was like wow...we're not going to be able to top that. And I come this time, and we've topped it," says Cox. In 2014, Lieberman deconstructed the design of the Carl Cox & Friends Arena a little bit more than in years past, creating "unique flying parts, that can actually articulate and roll and wave and more throughout the night. The space changes constantly."
For three 12-hour days, Lieberman and his team drove the lighting gear hard in high heat, high levels of humidity, and dirt kicked up from 100,000 attendees. Lighting and video production was by AG Light and Sound.
Russell Faibisch, Adam Russakoff, Charlie Faibisch, executive producers
Carl Cox, DJ/producer, Carl Cox & Friends Arena
Ray Steinman, production director, Ultra Music Festival
Stephen Lieberman, technical director/production designer for Carl Cox & Friends Arena
Jim Baggott, production manager, Carl Cox Tent Arena
Andrew Gumper, production vendor Ultra Music Festival
Huntly Christie, CEO, Christie Lites, Carl Cox & Friends Arena
James Poepping and team, production electricians, Carl Cox & Friends Arena