Published on March 7th, 2013 | by seenheard0
Review: Future Music
Mexican you ask? That was the theme for this year’s infamous Future Music Festival with their slogan that read ‘Festivale Future Music Day Of The Dead-Set Awesome’ but why wasn’t the Mexican style theme replicated inside the venue?
With all the hype associated with the advertising of this year’s event being a Mexican style theme, I was quite surprised to find no such thing within the grounds. The 2 storey gnome on the right of the main stage, future music’s mascot, was not even donning a sombrero or a moustache and banners spread throughout the venue displayed “Infinity, Beyond Etc.” which seemed a little odd considering the theme they were trying to portray. Perhaps a few free Mexican paper sombreros, tacos or blow-up cacti on entry maybe?
Arena Joondalup was the stage yet again for this year’s event and it defiantly didn’t disappoint with its turnout in numbers. Mass amounts of people converged through the gates early into the afternoon and the place filled up ever so quickly as the 32degree clear sky day made for a very pleasant welcome unlike the day before in Brisbane as the rain gods showed them their true fury.
Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike were on the main stage early into the day. With an already jam packed crowd they were pleased to see such strong attendances so early and provided us all with an energetic set to get us all in the right state of mind from the get go. Playing tracks like Calvin Harris ft. Florence Welch’s “Sweet Nothing”, Beastie Boys “Intergalactic” mixed with Tujamo & Plastik Funk’s “Who!”, Da Hool “Meet Me At The Love Parade” and Zombie Nation’s “Kernkraft 400” mashed up with Knife Party “Internet Friends”, the Belgium brothers and genre mash up kings made their stance early and showed the crowd why within just 2 years they have taken the world by storm and have played in almost every major EDM festival throughout the globe.
Over on the Cocoon Heroes stage, main member of the house music super group Visonquest, the wacky Seth Troxler was grooving everyone to a minimal deep house set which started off well early, but then began with him frequently dropping early cue points, looping out of time and at one stage accidently hitting the pause button grinding everything to a complete halt. Assuming people would not notice or evidently not care he pressed play after realising, then began smiling to the crowd with his arms raised and continued on to the surprise of people cheering him on. Quite a shock, considering the degree of experience and history the man has in the house scene.
Back on the main stage Rudimental, the musical quartet from Hackney, London, began performing their live outfit which had the crowd anxious to see what was in store. A slight disappointment for us at the back of the crowd as it felt hard to get involved due to the low audio volume output coming from the front speakers on stage and it looked as though it may have been a sound system setup error. Although there was two, 3 storey scaffolding stacks in the middle of the oval, they were without any audio equipment attached to them which, if they had, would have made a world of difference for us up the back and to the sides of the oval in experiencing the acts we were all witnessing throughout the day. Rudimental did however bring their live band to life with an awesome version of Julio Bashmore’s “Au Seve”, their single “Not Giving In” and they belted out an amazing live rendition of their number one hit “Feel The Love” which had a monumental crowd response as expected.
Later on in the day on the main stage Steve Aoki had his energy to the max and was in full throttle running back and forth along the stage, standing on the DJ booth and screaming at the top of his lungs getting the crowd into an absolute frenzy. At one point even wilding a cake in one hand and a mic in the other as weird as it sounds! The blow-up boat was produced on stage and as a normal Aoki would do in many of his live acts, he then jumped into it and surfed the crowd on a river of hands! Playing his hits “Turbulence”, “No Beef”, “Phat Brahms” as well as The Bloody Beetroots classic “Warp” all mixed to perfection as expected from the master of electro and CEO of Dim Mak Recordings.
At the Wake Your Mind trance arena, Dutch duo Willem van Hanegem and Wardt van der Harst a.k.a W&W were absolutely smashing the sound system to pieces in the indoor room which felt more like being in an enlarged club then a day festival. Escaping the heat and sun was refreshing and people were jam packed as well as mesmerised at the duo’s ability to bring to life such heavy bass driven trance to the diehard fans who continued to fill the arena throughout their entire set. Considered across the world as the next big thing in tech-trance and getting massive support from the likes of Armin van Burren, Markus Schulz, Sander van Doorn and Tiësto, the boys provided us with some mind blowing hard hitting trance and the quality of sound within the indoor arena was truly amazing. Added to this was the light show which was an experience on its own. They played tracks such as their current hit single “Lift Off”, Above & Beyond’s classic “Sun & Moon”, their own track “AK47” and a smashing remix of Porter Robinson’s “Language”. Their set was one of the highlights of the day.
Back at the Cocoon Heroes stage the one and only techno god Sven Väth graced us with his legendary presence. The 48 year old Cocoon Recordings boss has had an outstanding dance music career spanning almost 30 years. The Frankfurt based DJ and Producer played an amazing techno set, smiling continuously at the crowd and showing his support by blowing kisses, waving and fanning himself with his vinyl records throughout his entire 2 hour timeframe and being involved in the crowd non-stop till the end. His amazingly flawless mixing ability is just breath taking to experience and his passion for the industry, the genre and his supporters are defiantly expressed within his music and with such a positive attitude it really makes you feel as though we are all one big Väth family!
After Sven, the closing set at the Cocoon Heroes stage was left to non-other than English-Canadian electronic DJ and abstract minimal techno pioneer Richie Hawtin. The 42 year old technological musical genius had his usual presence of a dark shadow silhouette through lights and smoke represented on stage and produced his unique sound of deep dark technical wizardry through sounds of minimal, experimental and abstract techno. With an older aged crowd watching on it was great to see the true diehard fans of his sound out in force to support their love for him and everything he represents. What a fine way to end the night.
So has Future Music lived up to its reputation yet again?
As far as crowd numbers, stage layout, artist line-up and available portable toilets are concerned they hit it right on the head. A few small things still need to be addressed but all in all a great day and an excellent way to wave the summer festival season goodbye for yet another year as the dreaded winter season creeps in ever so closer..