The three iron-on patches that ticket holders received in their special edition black and orange 20th anniversary canisters appeared in addition to ear plugs and temporary tattoos. Presumed to be innocuous party favors provided in honor the milestone birthday celebration, the patches elicited minimal attention from pass purchasers prior to Ultra’s provocative tweet on March 10.
Ticket holders have since begun to interpret the three patches enclosed within each ticket canister as emblematic the three unannounced acts that will close each respective day the festival this year. The analysis has led several aspiring attendees to evaluate the circular patch with a singular dot as evidence that , whose eye matches the design the patch, will deliver the ending performance to the first day Ultra.
The that will give a reunion performance at “Ultra 20” on March 24, 2018 — four years to the day the mega group’s previous closure the festival — is convincingly supported by fans’ conjecture that the three dots on the flag-shaped patch stand in for the three members the trio. Fans have read the patch’s two additional dots as signifiers that Swedish House Mafia will close day two.
The final, and inarguably the most explosive conjecture, rests in the identity the third patch, an astronaut holding up three fingers. From the white and orange/gold color scheme to the astronaut logo itself, ticket holders have analyzed the third patch as pro that will make a landmark return to close out Ultra’s last day on March 25.
However far-fetched or plausible the speculations seem, good guesses will remain just that — good guesses — until festival organizers release the final phase in Ultra’s bombshell lineup.