February 16 2015
With only a few weeks until Future Music Festival, we decided to countdown some of the most exciting acts at this years spectacular event. This years editions is looking bigger than ever with some of the world best up and coming DJs as well as some of the biggest names in dance music. Future provided a game changer this year by announcing one of the biggest R&B/Rap artists of our time to headliner the festival for his debut shows in Australia. Follow along as we countdown our Top 10 Must See Acts At Future Music Festival 2015.
10. Knife Party
Knife Party slipped onto the Future Music Festival line without many people noticing. And after the release of their explosive debut album Abandon Ship, this is going to be one show not to miss. Presenting their new album for the first time in Australia is one thing, but with rumours circulating of a Pendulum album in the works, I wouldn't be taking any chances.
9. Yellow Claw
If you don't know these guys, familiarise yourself ASAP. This Dutch trap trio is rising faster than Tony Abbott's unapproval rating. Since signing on with Diplo's Mad Decent, the boys have exploded with a number of festival trap anthems as well as sets on some of the world's biggest stages. One of the most exciting new trios on the dance scene, Yellow Claw will not only be playing favourites like Shotgun, but also premiering a bunch of new tunes from their debut album which is expected to come out later this year.
8. Gorgon City
Foamo and RackNRuin AKA Gorgon City are no strangers to Australia, in fact they have grown such a massive Australian fan base in such a short period of time. With only a handful of club releases, Gorgon City were a crowd favourite when touring Australia last year. This time around, the guys are locked and loaded with a brand new album featuring massive house tracks like Ready For Your Love, Here For You, Unmissable and Go All Night (Ft. Jennifer Hudson). Gorgon City are one of the prime house acts on the line up this year and are undoubtedly going to be bringing their show to a whole new level.
7. Die Antwoord
Having been around for a few years now, Die Antwoord have proven that their weird and whacky ways aren't a fad. With consistent rap-rave and pop records and a stage presence that hits you in the face, the South African group can put on one hell of a show, and it only takes a listen to their back catalogue to realise. Coming off the back of their latest album Donker Mag, you can expect a whole bunch of new tunes like Ugly Boy and older fan favourites like Enter The Ninja and I FINK U FREEKY. You can expect anything from massive trap styled drops, euro-rave basslines and the insanely seductive vocals of Yolandi Vi$er. Seriously though, expect the unexpected.
French powerhouse Tchami has established himself as one of the leaders in the Future House movement with his own original sound. Having recently been asked to support the likes of Skrillex, Diplo and DJ Snake on their own tours, this guy certainly knows what he is doing. He is a credited producer for DJ Snake's Grammy nominated Turn Down For What and is all over the charts with his lead single Promesses. Late 2014, saw the French maestro take on a quick Australian club tour which lead to him selling out multiple Sydney club shows. One of the future heavyweights of the electronic scene, his energy filled sets sure can pack a punch.
Having released their dub-electro track Satisfy in mid-2014, everyone is getting hyped for their return. Although Nero' stated that their album was due out in 2014, we can only assume that they are extremely close to finishing up this bad boy. It is almost undeniable that Nero will be bringing along their highly anticipated second album and that Australia is going to be one of the first countries to hear it. And if you aren't convinced yet, take a listen to their mind blowing 2011 albumWelcome Reality, which further proves why they are still one of the most exciting electronic acts in the world.
4. Martin Garrix
If you are after your EDM fix, there is no one like the 18 year old wonder kid Martin Garrix. Besides his rise to fame with Animals, Garrix has established himself with a solid track record that includes an exciting Gold Skies EP. If his latest track Forbidden Voices is anything to go by, we can expect Martin bringing a new Madeon-esque sound to the festival. Martin is bound to play a bunch of his new tracks among the festival bangers that are true to his style. Headlining festivals around the globe and DJ residencies at the best clubs in the world, this kid knows how to work a crowd.
3. Sven Vath (the whole Cocoon stage)If you're a techno connoisseur you definitely didn't miss Sven Vath on the bill, nor the previous year. In fact he has played every year since 2008 beside one. That is no reason to give him a miss though, as he is one of the most exciting techno DJs on the planet. "A legend in his own time, a cultural leader and dark prince of the Techno underground" as put by Stoney Roads. Presenting the Cocoon stage once again, Sven brings more and more every year. A staple to the Future Music Festival line up, we have to give a special mention to his friends who he is bringing along on the journey, Art Department and Apollonia as well as the late additions of Seth Troxler and Green Velvet. The Cocoon stage is packing some serious heat.
Lets face it, Drake was definitely going to be in this list….Regardless of your opinion on the man, Drake is one of the most in demand Pop/R&B/Hip-Hop artists on the planet and he is playing his FIRST EVER AUSTRALIAN SHOW AT FUTURE MUSIC FESTIVAL. Although he is a mega pop star, this is what Future Music Festival is about, presenting artists that steer clear from the typical EDM line up, or otherwise offering an Australian festival exclusive. Drake has countless hit songs, Grammys and he is a major upgrade from the previous years pop stars of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Psy.
1. The Prodigy
The Prodigy always know how to turn it up in the live area. With the energy, intensity and an extremely powerful stage presence, there is nothing like some original UK Drum & Bass. Pioneers of Drum & Bass, the boys will be bringing their new live show to Australia along with the worldwide premier of their new album The Day Is My Enemy and their lead track Nasty. Lets not forget their previous 5 albums over the past 23 years, which features monumental singles like Invaders Must Die, Out of Space, and Smack My Bitch Up.