Ultra Music Festival, one of the largest EDM festivals in the world, took place in Miami earlier this year, however, two vendors are still waiting to get paid.
Glen Larson of Dock and Marine Construction told WSVN News 7 Miami that his company built the docks and floating walkways for the concert on Virginia Key. He said that small businesses “make the show what it was,” but his company was never paid. Ultra still owes him almost $230,000.
“We’re a small family business. I’ve got 30 employees,” Larson told WSVN, noting that he’s heard a lot of rumors, but still doesn’t know why Ultra hasn’t paid him yet.
Similarly, Donna Milo, a local contractor, has not been paid for her work with the festival. Her company ran all the piping so firefighters would have access to water, and although they provided all of the work in a timely manner and worked hard to get everything accomplished before the festival began, she was not given the necessary funds for her work.
“It feels pretty bad when you bend over backwards to get somebody help to start an important event like that, and then they don’t answer when you need them,” she said.
Both Milo and Larson tried contacting Ultra and dealing with the issue directly, but didn’t succeed. Instead, they both hired an attorney and filed lawsuits. The local companies are suing Ultra Enterprises and Event Entertainment Group.
“This is an organization that is worldwide. Pay your bills. Pay your contracts. Pay the people that make your show happen,” attorney Henry Marinello said in a statement. “Not just the artists, but the people behind the scenes who work hard and sweat out there day in and day out to make sure you can put on this show.”
As of Monday, Ultra told WSVN that Milo was being wired the money she was owed, however, Larson has yet to be paid.
Ultra faced a few difficulties this year with its change to Virginia Key. Many concertgoers dubbed the festival “Fyre Fest 2” after more than 50,000 people were left stranded on the island waiting for shuttle buses to bring them back to the mainland, mobs were walking for miles, and a fire broke out. The festival has terminated its agreement with Miami after the chaotic festival and will change its location for the 2020 event.