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Miami Ultra Music Festival’s 2017 design and lighting in 15 photos

With a multi-million dollar budget

The Arcadia spider at Miami’s Ultra Music Festival 2017, with fire coming out of the lighted mechanical beast
The Arcadia Spider at Miami’s Ultra Music Festival 2017
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You don’t have to be a hardcore fan of electronic dance music to appreciate Miami’s Ultra Music Festival, which wrapped up its 19th edition last night at downtown Miami’s Bayfront Park.

If that heart-rattling music isn’t for you—it’s certainly not for me—one can still become enchanted by the secondary entertainment. This would include the attire, which ranges from Borat thongs to black tape bikinis, as well as the elaborate stage design and mind-blowing lighting.

The latter elements come at a hefty price tag—in the millions.

The Arcadia Spider, built from recycled materials and old military equipment, has become a staple. It has spy plane engines for eyes, a body comprised of helicopter tails, and a DJ booth at its core made from jet engine blades. With 50-foot flame cannons, the laser-firing, CO2-blasting mechanical beast is among the most Instagram-friendly features of the festival.

Check out all of the dazzling design and lighting elements of Ultra Miami 2017.

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Bayfront Park

301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33131