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Future Music Festival 2014

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Nervo set during last year's Future Music Festival
Nervo set during last year's Future Music Festival

As another music festival season comes to an end for another summer, festival organisers the Future Music Group have quite possibly left the best for last. Over the last few years the Future Music Festival has had the privilege of unofficially closing the Australian music festival season. The Future Music Festival has always stood for providing its audiences with the most cutting edge tunes and the most relevant musical acts for right now. This year will be no different with an amazing line-up of artists that will have all music lovers of every genre excited.

Avicii set during last year's Future Music Festival
Avicii set during last year's Future Music Festival

It is no secret that recent years have seen the massive resurgence of electronic dance music, or what is now affectionately known by the masses as EDM. EDM has officially taken over the nightclub and day club scene in Las Vegas making it the destination for dance music appreciation which Ibiza once was. Global festivals like Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) in Las Vegas, Ultra Music Festival in Miami and Tomorrowland in Belgium have also added to the hype. The mass appeal has grown to such an extent that nightclubs in Las Vegas have seized the opportunity for aggressive expansion, launching nightclubs in other cities including Marquee Sydney at The Star which regularly features global EDM artists.

Bloc Party set during last year's Future Music Festival
Bloc Party set during last year's Future Music Festival

Future Music Festival has consequently recognized this global popularity and will be featuring a number of EDM artists in this years lineup. But what makes Future Music Festival so different is its eclectic collection of musical talent. Last years event included trend setting bands like Rudimental and Bloc Party, who not only performed on main stage but also performed additional sideshows at the onsite venue the Jack Daniel's Barrel House. If the venues popularity was anything to go by it should be making its triumphant return this year.

This years Future Music Festival lineup will feature:

Pharrell Williams
Deadmau5
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Phoenix
Hardwell
Knife Party
Eric Prydz
Rudimental
Tinie Tempah
Chase & Status
Sub Focus
Netsky
2 Chainz
Kaskade
Dada Life
Porter Robinson
Naughty Boy
Paul van Dyk
Markus Schulz
ATB
Chuckie
Arty
R3Hab
Martin Garrix
Baauer
Monsta
Adventure Club
Carnage
Bassjackers
Deniz Koyu
Dannic
Dyro
Cut Copy
Stafford Brothers
Timmy Trumpet
Walden
Tenzin
Will Sparks
Helena
Sven Vath
Dubfire
Maya Jane Coles
Paul Kalkbrenner
Gesaffelstein (Live)
Brodinski
Kaytranada
Gorgon City
Guy Gerber

Pharrell Williams, who has only recently been announced as part of the festival, has had a fantastic last 12 months releasing hit records "Get Lucky" with Grammy Award winning Daft Punk and the controversial "Blurred Lines" with Robin Thicke and T.I. His latest record "Happy" is also dominating the charts worldwide, making it to number one on iTunes and the local ARIA charts. "Happy" has definitely become the quintessential song of the summer.

The Temper Trap set during last year's Future Music Festival
The Temper Trap set during last year's Future Music Festival

Speaking of success, crowd favourites Macklemore & Ryan Lewis will also be tearing it up performing their hit records "Thrift Shop" and "Can't Hold Us". They have become internet sensations over the last 12 months racking up over 750 million views on YouTube. It's no surprise they also performed at the Seattle Seahawks post-Super Bowl after party after winning the big game.

Bloc Party set during last year's Future Music Festival
Bloc Party set during last year's Future Music Festival

French indie rockers Phoenix will also be returning to our shores after recently headlining Coachella. Favourites like "1901", "Lisztomania" and "Entertainment" will definitely be on the agenda.

Hardwell will also be making a triumphant return, after headlining what seems like every major EDM festival across the globe. In 2013 he brought his infectious beats to thousands at Ultra Music Festival and Tomorrowland, with some media outlets touting him as the next number one DJ due to his recent popularity.

Bloc Party set during last year's Future Music Festival
Bloc Party set during last year's Future Music Festival

Future music fans nationwide will also finally get their opportunity to see the one and only Swedish house superstar Eric Prydz, who will be making his first ever trip to our shores. The melodic master has previously cancelled his Australian tours due to his well documented phobia of flying. His last Australian tour planned for 2008, starting on new years eve with Bondi Shorething never eventuated. Following numerous attempts to board multiple flights, he eventually conceded defeat and notified promoters literally days before the event.

However on this occasion Eric Prydz has notified his fans via social media that he fully intends on fulfilling his commitments this year. He has even provided his followers with a photograph of his boarding pass. Future Music promoters will be quaking in their boots hoping that the Swedish maestro stays on the plane this time.

Psy set during last year's Future Music Festival
Psy set during last year's Future Music Festival

Eric Prydz is highly respected in the industry, producing massive pop hits like "Call On Me" and "Pjanoo". However rather than taking an easy path of writing one big pop song after another like many dance music producers at the moment, Eric Prydz has managed to keep a balance to his music by focusing on the art form of making big club records that work on radio as much as they do at the peak of the night. One of the many reasons why he has remained relevant for so long, making one great record after another.

Here is a sample of some of the cool sounds to expect once Eric Prydz arrives in Australia.



In the modern age there is perhaps only one other dance music producer that is in the art form of making big melodic club records, who can stand up to the level of productivity and emotion that Eric Prydz has set. That is of course EDM artist Deadmau5. Coincidentally he is also a featured artist at this year's Future Music Festival. Deadmau5 also known as Joel Thomas Zimmerman, has produced such hits as "Ghosts 'n' Stuff" and "I Remember" working with some of the best electronic music artists in the industry including Kaskade, who is also featured at the festival. Deadmau5 is famous for wearing a different smiling mouse shaped head to every set he performs. Some are more elaborate than others featuring strobe lighting and LED effects.

Bloc Party set during last year's Future Music Festival
Bloc Party set during last year's Future Music Festival


British rockers Rudimental will also be backing up from last year's Future Music Festival, bringing back their unique genre-crossing brand of beats and grooves. With hit records like "Feel the Love", "Not Giving In", "Free" and "Waiting All Night", they will no doubt have the crowd pumping once more. Their immediate return is a testament to how enjoyable the festival has been in recent years. It's worthwhile checking out if you are up for some cool vibes or are just interested in what is trending in music right now.

Second release general admission tickets to Future Music Festival are $173 including booking fee. VIP entry will also set you back $255. However, the good news is that you can purchase industry priced tickets at the moment for $165 at the following links:

Sydney
Melbourne
Perth
Brisbane
Adelaide

It is advisable to pick up second release tickets while you can, as third release tickets will cost a little extra.




If you didn't attend Future Music Festival last year here is a video of what you missed.

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Why? A music festival with the most cutting edge music right now.
When: Saturday March 1st - Brisbane, Sunday March 2nd - Perth, Saturday March 8th - Sydney, Sunday March 9th - Melbourne & Monday March 10th - Adelaide
Where: Brisbane RNA Showgrounds, Perth Arena Joondalup, Sydney Royal Randwick Racecourse, Melbourne Flemington Racecourse & Adelaide Showgrounds
Cost: Currently $165 for general admission with industry discounts at the link for your city. Links are within the article.
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