News broke earlier today that Alex Omes (pictured left), co-founder of Ultra and longtime Miami nightlife don, has sadly passed away. He was 43.
According to the medical examiner, Omes died Monday at 10:37 p.m (UTC-05:00). No other details were provided.
His greatest legacy was the creation of Ultra festival in 1999 which would go on to become one of the largest dance music events in North America with his then-partner Russell Faibisch. This festival eventually eclipsed Winter Music Conference, which had been the reason so many DJs and dance acts went to Miami in March.
Ultra released a statement about Omes’ passing: “The organizers of Ultra Music Festival extend their deepest condolences to the family of Alex Omes and are saddened by the news of his passing. We will continue to remember and celebrate Alex for his love, passion and contributions to the Electronic Dance Music community.”
The first Ultra party in 1999 drew around 10,000 fans and DJs such as Josh Wink and Paul van Dyk. In 2001, it was moved from Collins Park in South Beach to Bayfront Park downtown to fit more attendees. Today, the festival welcomes hundreds of thousands of fans each year, and has spawned events in Brazil, South Korea, Croatia, Chile, Argentina, Ibiza and South Africa. Although it was not initially tied to the New York-based EDM label Ultra Records, the two formed a partnership in 2012.
In 2010, Omes found himself pushed out of Ultra after conflict arose over the festival’s decision to break off from WMC. Two years later, he filed a lawsuit to regain control, continuing to claim co-ownership of Ultra.
Photo courtesy of World Red Eye
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