Seven must-see Future Music Festival mainstage sets

Future Music Festival has upsized again this year, which means not one, but three mainstages. There’s the Future Music arena led by two superstars in their 20s, Hardwell and Avicii, the Mariachi stage with live acts like Bloc Party, The Temper Trap and The Stone Roses you can read about over at FasterLouder, then The Prodigy’s Warrior’s Dance arena. From all those marquee names, we pick seven sets to be front and centre for.

Feed Me

When: 4pm on the Warrior’s Dance stage in all cities, with Zeds Dead and Kill The Noise on either side. Sweaty.

Why: ITM happened to witness Feed Me’s ‘With Teeth’ show at Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas last June, and it certainly looks the part. Jon Gooch, the mastermind behind Feed Me (and the other production alter ego Spor), worked with Sober Industries and Studio Rewind to develop the live rig, and its design suits the shuddering, bass-heavy soundtrack perfectly. The jagged grin with its LED-lined fangs will be in full effect for the 60-odd minutes, powered along by Feed Me’s heavyweight electro, dubstep and drum & bass.

Biggest moment: There’s a lot of firepower in the Feed Me arsenal, so this one’s not an easy call. Expect a crowd surge for Thumbs Up [For Rock & Roll], the rabble-rouser he made with fellow Warrior’s Dance star Kill The Noise, his team-up with Hadouken! on Trapdoor and Love Is All I Got. The one Feed Me weapon he’s unlikely to leave out, though, is One Click Headshot.

Toughest clash: If you’re a Feed Me fan, this afternoon slot might be uncontested for you. There’s Azealia Banks and PSY on the other mainstages, but we wager bass heads will be staying front and centre at the Warrior’s Dance arena.

In their own words: “Anyone can get a visual production crew to put together projection mapping or just a stage with some spangly lights,” Gooch told inthemix. “I wanted something I could interact with and would remain in people’s memory, not just a decoration on the stage.”


When: Closing the Future Music stage from 9.00-10.00pm in every city.

Why: When it comes to mainstage heroes, you can’t go past Avicii. Dance music’s newest superstar has a mighty legion devoted of fans to his name, so count on through-the-roof energy levels from the crowd . Of course, there’s Tim Bergling’s anthemic breakthrough track and big hits like recent single Silhouettes or Nicky Romero collaboration I Could Be The One to look forward to. But you can also expect to hear some new stuff: the Swede’s been using, by his own estimation, “60-70% my own unreleased solo material” in his recent sets. But what it really boils down to? An hour with Avicii is a whole lot of fun.

Biggest moment: It might seem a bit too obvious to pick Levels as the moment of the set, but let’s be real: while Avicii’s got plenty of other firepower up his sleeve (as his “Enough with Levels already!” campaign reminded us), there’s no denying the smash hit’s anthem status – it even made it onto Mixmag’s list of The 50 Greatest Dance Tracks of All Time alongside classics like Daft Punk’s One More Time, Underworld’s Born Slippy and Aphex Twin’s Windowlicker. Saturation point or not, Levels one of the biggest tracks of the past couple of years and its appeal isn’t spent yet.

Toughest clash: The bad news is that both The Prodigy and Sven Vath are on at the same time as Avicii. The good news is that (if you’re ready to run) you could do some of both – Keith Flint and co kick off at 8.45 and finish at 10.15, meaning there’s the potential to see half an hour of The Prodigy and still catch all of the Swede’s set. Sven Vath, meanwhile, has two hours in the Cocoon Heroes arena starting at 8.00pm, so you could do an hour of each. The choice is yours.

In their own words: “I’m super excited, this is the quickest I’ve ever been back to Australia,” the headliner told inthemix after locking the FMF visit in. “I’ve never done Future before so I’m really excited to see how the whole experience differs. I love Australia, it’s one of my favourite countries.”

Boys Noize

When: 6.15-7.30pm on the Warriors Dance Arena in all cities.

Why: For starters? This is Alex Ridha’s first visit to Australia in over two years, the debut trip with his brand new live show ‘The Skull’ in tow and he’s got a storming new album to show off. As with everything of the Boys Noize cannon, ‘The Skull’ sure sounds (and looks) very cool: he’s described it as a “Terminatoresque” set-up with “brute visuals and storming lights”. For a peek at it, dive into thee video below. Even more importantly, the setlist is a guaranteed winner. From debut Oi Oi Oi, to Erol Alkan hook-ups like Lemonade through to third album Out of the Black, Boys Noize’s output has always been geared to the dancefloor.

Biggest moment: With such a stellar discography to his name, it’s hard to pick which track will get the biggest response. But given Out of the Black is pretty fresh, we’d wager that big single Ich R U will send things pretty mental.

Toughest clash: Unless you’re a devout Temper Trap fan (hey, there’s no judgement here) the clash that will hurt is Richie Hawtin in the Cocoon Heroes arena, who’s on deck from 6.00-8.00pm. Trance fans, however, will probably want to be over at the Wake Your Mind stage to see Cosmic Gate’s two hour set.

In their own words: “As a DJ I play my new stuff only, so for the live show, I reworked every single myself,” he told inthemix last year. “They actually give me a new kick. It’s cool to see them in a live concert, because they come to life.”

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