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REVIEW: FUTURE MUSIC 2011



who: Ke$ha, Cosmic Gate, Steve Angelo, Steve Aoki & more

what: FUTURE MUSIC FESTIVAL 

when: 2011

where: Flemington Racecourse


Submitted by Georgia Peach on March 21st 2011

It was Future Music 2010 all over again. From big names invading the Flemington Racecourse, down to the horrible autumn rain and cold! Together with this it was a lack of kindness by patrons and an overcrowded bunch that made Future Music Festival 2011 an Okay event for the 2011 calendar.

Nonetheless, the likes of Cosmic Gate, Steve Angello, Kesha, Pendulum and Steve Aoki made up all the positives for the miserable day.

There was no fighting it or arguing with it, the party had to continue while the clouds gathered and the rain poured. With Grant Smillie warming things up for Kesha it was evident that there was no choice but to embrace that soaking, drenched feeling that was to come.

Kesha undoubtedly was a bonus feature in the pack of names for this years FMF line up. With her songs about nothing more then partying, sex and drinking, the queen of “Trashy Pop” had a whole crowd screaming out lyrics and yelling out for more. Performing every tune that we fell in love with her in the first place for, Kesha was a front runner to be the days highlight.

All this while a winey few gathered at The Likes of You tent for Leftfield, Sven Vath and shelter!

While MGMT created the smooth, groovy atmosphere at the Mazda 2 Flemington stage, Steve Aoki had his small crowd jumping for joy and acting a fool at the Dim Mak stage. There was no hiding away from it; the appearance of “Warp” still gets the crowds roaring with the odd few bolting from long distances just for that moment. The long- haired American was definitely pleasing the crowd.

As we run over to take a glimpse of Pendulum, the drum and bass Gods were competing with Cosmic Gate that did what they do best by entrancing the Trance lovers suitably playing Above and Beyond’s hit “Sun & Moon” to go with the theme of rain.

And though it was so hard to peel off the great show from the Cosmic Gate boys, a familiar favourite had us back at the second biggest stage. Steve Angello, who competed with an apparent, disappointing performance from the Chemical Brothers, brought the party from Ibiza to Australia. Or in the case of a new mix he made just for us, “Australia to Ibiza.” Despite being on his own, the Swedish House Mafia’s great run of hits in the last several months are really what everybody wanted and Angello definitely felt that vibe. He let us know that the “Swedish House Mafia loves Australia.”

And to top off an epic performance from one of the kings of DJs, Angello presented to us the awesome new hit from the boys called “Save the World” which features Chris Martin on the vocals. This is definitely a hit to look out for this year.

Overall, though not the best weather or atmosphere so far, the performance from Kesha and high energy sets from Aoki, Cosmic Gate and Steve Angello made up for it all!

Now we wait for Creamfields!


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