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Future Music Festival

Sydney



As the years have gone by, Australia’s Future Music Festival has gone from strength to strength. Having previously sported the likes of Swedish House Mafia, New Order, The Chemical Brothers and The Prodigy, it was no surprise that the 2014 installation of the festival projected one of the best lineups we have seen in recent years. However with this lineup came an abundance of clashes, which would prove to divide friends, music lovers and artists alike.
 
As the gates opened and punters rushed in and got straight down to business with festival veterans Stafford Brothers and partner in crime Timmy Trumpet kicked things off with a high energy set. Quickly followed by the kid of the moment, Martin Garrix, it was clear from the onset that he wasn’t messing around. Opening with his biggest tune ‘Animals’ the crowd was driven into an absolute frenzy. As the 17 year old blew minds, the bar was raised for his set to be beaten. It didn’t take long as R3HAB and Dada Life both brought their A+ game, unleashing ruthless beats and multiple bananas onto the unsuspecting audience.
 
Once this clock passed four, it was time for the man of the 2013 to perform. Stepping out in font of a completely packed audience, the feel good hit-maker busted out everything from ‘Happy to ‘Get Lucky’ and peoples moods were hoisted up, just like the abundance of girls on shoulders. With the modestly short set over, it was time for Tinie Tempah and Macklemore to represent hip-hop. Despite his respectable set list, Tempah never stood a chance against the recent Grammy winner. As the Seattle bred rapper stormed the stage, he opened with ’10 Thousand Hours’. It wasn’t long before he shifted into sixth gear, as the opening bars of ‘Thrift Shop’.
 
The most impressive part of his set however was his equality speech prior to same love. The fact that Macklemore proved that not only was he a sensational performer, but an artist with a conscience was truly one of the most refreshing aspects of the day, especially in todays musical climate.
 
It’s easy to judge the popularity of an act by the amount of photographers who await the performers arrival. This could not have been more obvious moments prior to Rudimentals late afternoon performance. The success story of 2013, British artists radiated good vibes all throughout the Safari stage. Smashing out all their hits, it was ‘Not Giving In’ that truly showcased the power of the group. The dust finally settled as the crowed calmed, eagerly awaiting the arrival of the worlds number one DJ on the Future Music stage. As the shilloutte of Hardwell appeared, deafening screams filled Randwick Racecourse. Within about 5 minutes it became strikingly clear as to why he held such a title.
 
Armed with his rubix cube stage set up, the marginal Mau5 arose from behind his LED throne, commanding the festival with a entrancing performance. Despite the distinct lack of Strobe (which led to some disappointment), he still managed to not only showcase some new tunes, but some classics. Accompanied with impressive visuals, Deadmau5 teased the crowed, eventually letting them climax in the final moments as an extended version of ‘The Veldt’ radiated out of the speakers, signifying the end of the days proceedings.
As Deadmau5 finished, so did French rockers Phoenix – renowned for their live performances, their stop-off in Sydney was no different, the likes of ‘1901’ and ‘Entertainment’ stood testament to the bands commanding power over the audience, with the crowd left spellbound as the house lights came on.
 
As the house lights illuminated the now destroyed grounds, a strange realization set in. Without getting to sentimental, the demographic of future has truly changed. Several years ago, it was a festival consisting of entirely shirtless bodybuilders attempting to gabber and have a punch on or two. While elements of that still remain, Future Music Festival has become what all festivals should be, a celebration of music and your mates. Even if it’s the mates you’ve had for years or that group of American girls you’ve just met it’s definitely a welcome change. With the Australian festival circuit slowly going down hill, Future remains above the rest - and for a bloody good reason.
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