6 must-see acts at the 2015 Future Music Festival
It's almost here.
One of Australia's biggest dance festivals, Future Music Festival is about to blow everyone's minds with arguably the most prolific line-ups to date. Kicking off on Saturday 28 Feb, the national tour boasts some major international and local acts including Drake, Sven Vath, Afrojack, Avicii, Hilltop Hoods, Die Antwoord and Martin Garrix, and the list goes on.
Each stage is jam-packed with talented artists who we're all privileged to see take to the decks or mic, but who are the artists that really deserve your attention this year?
We've put together a little list of our top six acts you can't miss at the 2015 Future Music Festival.
Not only is he one of the biggest rap artists in the world right now (and the Future headliner), this will be the very first Aussie tour for the Canadian superstar. He frequents the top of worldwide charts and has collaborated with some of rap and Hip Hop’s biggest names like rumoured flame Rihanna, Jay Z, Nicki Minaj and self-professed living God Kanye West. He became a household name when his iconic tracks ‘Hold On, We’re Going Home’, ‘Started from the Bottom’ and ‘Take Care’ sky-rocketed to the top of the charts, nabbing the Toronto native a Grammy, a handful of BET Awards and millions of online streams. But we’re sure you’re already across this. It’s f*cking Drake.
But this is not the most exciting thing about Drake performing at Future this year. He’s using this Aussie tour as a tester for his gigs at The Governors Ball and Coachella. You’re basically getting a taste off all three events in one epic show. According to the head of the festival, Brett Robinson, Drizzy Drake’s not only using of 450 lights, he’s also got a flying fox. He told In The Mix: Part of his production is that he’s got this flying fox type situation – there’s a big cable rigged to front-of-house on selected shows. They call it a fly gag, and he can hook himself on and fly out over the audience while he’s performing." When asked what shows this flying fox will feature at, Robinson confirmed Sydney and Melbourne. But the real question is, will he fly low enough for us to touch him?
2. The Prodigy
‘Smack My Bitch Up’ live will give you chills whether you’re a fan or not, but that’s not why you should see The Prodigy. Liam Howlett, Maxim and Keith Flint are back with a brand new album and a vengeance. They recently took aim at the EDM world in an interview with The Guardian saying, “Dance music is so fucking dead” before slamming “mindless fucking jokers” who “pull a USB stick out of their pockets” and perform a pre-mixed set. You’ve got to respect their honesty. They’ve been doing this for almost twenty years and bring every inch of their energy to their shows. The fist single ‘Nasty’ off their forthcoming album ‘The Day is my enemy’ was released in January and will no doubt get the live treatment next week. In fact, this Future Music audience will be the first in the world to hear The Prodigy’s latest tracks live.
To wet your appetite, in a statement about the new album, Liam Howlett describes their new material as “not dark” but “violent.”
"It's not dark, this record; it's got a violent energy about it. It just doesn't stop, it's quite relentless, a very on-the-edge sound — but I would say it's classic Prodigy. It sounds … firing, like someone's poking you."
Aside from the new tunes set to get the crowd jumping, we can’t resist the golden oldies like ‘Firestarter,’ ‘Voodoo People’ and ‘Breath.’ We just shuddered with excitement.
3. Die Antwoord
South African rap rave duo, Die Antwoord are probably the two most interesting musicians on the planet right now. They’ve successfully smashed through the mainstream market and still retained their innovative and exceptionally unique ‘Zef’ style. A style that screams, 'I'm poor but I'm fancy' and is for anyone who doesn't give a f*ck about what others think of them and that's exactly the attitude Die Antwood bring to their live shows.
Since their debut album, $O$ (2009) Ninja and Yo Landi Vi$$er’s resume has blown up. They’re fresh off the back of a cameo role in Neill Blomkamp’s upcoming film ‘Chappie’ and have released two more acclaimed albums since 2009, Ten$ion and Donker Mag. Along with their resident DJ, DJ Hi Tek, Die Antwoord have stormed the Coachella stage among hundreds of other festivals and major cities worldwide. The futuristic duo have an infectious energy about them and when you watch them perform, you realise how much they truly love what they do.
Ninja and Yo Landi’s style hasn’t gone unnoticed from some of the Hollywood biggest names with the pair recently enlisting the help of Cara Delevingne, Dita Von Teese, Red Hot Chilli Pepper’s Flea and Jack Black for their ‘Ugly Boy’ music video. These guys are already massive and promise to bring one of the freakiest, most intense live shows you’ll ever see.
One word. Sandstorm. How many of us have grown up listening to that track and never actually thought they'd ever get the chance to hear it live? Well, here's your chance.
Purveyor of Speed Dealers and 90’s Trance, Old mate Darude (real name Ville Virtanen) transports anyone back to the 90’s young and old alike whenever the rave hit that made him famous, blasts through speakers. It’s a complete 90’s sensory overload and it will no doubt get a spin at this year’s event. Although, Robinson tells In The Mix, he’s not contractually bound to include it in his set, “there's no chance he won't be playing that.”
Aside from giving Sandstorm a spin, apparently Darude’s keen to give his new stuff some airtime, however there is absolutely no denying everybody in the crowd will be itching to heat that iconic Sandstorm intro. Virtanen’s currently working on an album and is months away from releasing it’s first track, so we will definitely get a taste of those. If you have any resect for the original rave kids, do yourself a favour and see a Trance master at work.
Ok, again, perhaps an obvious one, but hear us out. Avicii (real name Tim Bergling) has been on an EDM hiatus for six months and is now back with a vengeance, bringing his classics as well as some new material to his Future Music set. In his 6-month long break, the Swedish Dj has been working on an album worth of brand new music. “Excited and nervous” about sampling his new stuff, he told In The Mix that he’ll be dropping tracks no-one’s heard yet, the result of almost 60 studio collaborations.
“There’s a lot of different collaborators…there’s like 60 people that I collaborated with. I took a break for six months and there’s a lot of stuff from the last six months that I haven’t even played yet, which I’m excited and nervous about.”
The 25-year-old superstar is set to bring something “next level” to the Supernova Mainstage, a production he’s never even attempted before. “It looks really next level compared to the stuff I’ve done before, which was already next level. I’m really excited to see how that pairs with all the new tracks I have. I haven’t played anywhere for six months either so I’m excited about playing again in general.”
Are you already singing ‘Heeyyyyy Brother?’
6. Seth Troxler
Legendary deep house producer/DJ Seth Troxler isn't just bringing his beats to Futrure Music Festival this year, he's also dabbling in the festival catering department.
Not only is he warming up Cocoon stage headliner and Aussie festival veteran, Sven Vath, he's also 'headlining' a pop-up version of his own London restaurant, Smokey Trails. If you're an American BBQ and deep house lover, experience the beats and eats at Troxler's very own built-in-booth where he'll be dropping sets and cooking up a storm. According to the organiser, Seth will be "hanging out there all day" before hititng up Cocoon. Joined by Green Velvet, Art Department Apollonia and of course Sven Vath, Cocoon is one deep house lover's wet dream. Troxler not only brings authentic sets to his live performances but he's also frequently sporting some pretty trippy attire.
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