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Future Music Festival is one of Australia’s premier electronic music festivals and with this year’s blockbuster lineup, the day delivered Brisbane all the bang-for-their-buck beats and festival vibes punters hoped for.
You couldn’t have asked for festival weather more perfect than the cool breeze and beautiful sunshine of the day. Though it made waiting in a queue a less laborious prospect, the pre-allocated electronic bracelet system made festival entry as breezy as the weather.
DJs hit stages early in the day, Australians leading the way as The Stafford Brothers and Timmy Trumpet gave early risers a taste of local talent, though it wasn’t until the big names began their sets that attendees arrived en masse. The morning did the job of setting the summertime vibes that kept fans stoked for the rest of the day.
As more and more passed the heavy police presence out front and made their way into the luscious greens and browns of the RNA Showgrounds, it became apparent that the Knife Party Haunted House stage was set to be a winner. Massive names aside – it had beautifully efficient air-conditioning that would warm the hearts and cool the sweating, gyrating bodies of thousands of festival-goers.
The Haunted House however, proved to have another defining feature. As Adventure Club took the stage for an upbeat set of their heavy-hitting dubstep-electronica blend, fans were dazzled with an absolutely spectacular lighting display. The gloomy auditorium provided pristine conditions for lighting engineers to show off their skills.
All acts that graced the stage blew minds, but Knife Party unsurprisingly stood out as the most visually ridiculous. Only the Future Sound System tent provided a similar opportunity, but without the heaven-sent temperature control, it proved a swampy experience. Do yourself a favour and make a trip or three to the dark abyss of the Haunted House.
Instead, those with eyes set on the main stage feasted upon the delights of Eric Prydz as he ushered in a particularly gorgeous Queensland sunset. The house master was incredibly well received, as all in attendance appreciated the rarity of his appearance in Australia – having cancelled previous tours Down Under due to a flying phobia.
As the night drew to a close, punters were posed an almost impossible decision in picking a headliner with whom to end the day. Those who hit the main stage to witness the world-renowned live show of Deamau5 were treated to the delights of his latest EP and concluded their Future experience with Strobe – the ten minute masterpiece and accompanying visual spectacular that proved a highlight for a fair amount of Future-goers.
It’s almost impossible to get your head around how massive this year’s Future lineup is, but you needn’t worry. Despite a couple of hiccups and a few heartbreaking clashes, it still has all the requisite charm of one of Australia’s favourite summertime festivals. It’s just a little louder this year.
Photo by Rebecca Reid