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This article was first published on our original site MyCityLife way back on the 18th February 2014
If there’s one thing that sums up Future Music Festival in 2014, it’s that size means everything. This will be the FMF Stratos of the festival season: expanding the boundaries, and with a leap of faith, transcend human limits and break the sound barrier.
As the final festival of summer with international names heading north for their summer, FMF is the last chance to cut loose and enjoy epic music. Whether as something to do on a Saturday afternoon or the serious music lover’s destination, everyone is welcome to the party. And in 2014, Future Music Group particularly promises to go supersonic for Brisbane. Just as Felix Baumgartner’s space dive was at the mercy of the elements, after five years of Brisbane’s insanely unpredictable subtropical weather, on March 1, FMF Brisbane will wrest with Mother Nature and set the scene for a most heroic adventure.
Expanding the boundaries
FMF Brisbane has a brand new and shiny home: the iconic RNA Showgrounds has been refurbed and is looking all slick as The Brisbane Showgrounds. With intentions of the RNA to create a year round destination precinct, the Brisbane Showgrounds is a district where people will work, live and play; maintaining the historical links of the facilities while embracing the diversity of modern living. Currently in its fourth year of the 15 year $25 billion regeneration project, the first of the apartment and retail construction is well and truly underway. The Royal International Convention Centre – the once familiar and well-loved Showbag Pavillion of The Ekka – has been gutted, redeveloped and given a makeover. And this is one of many areas FMF will take over where rain, hail or shine, the party will go on. Each major stage will be covered – the perfect protectant against our harsh UVs or torrential rain. With FMF Brisbane in 2014, a whole new world will be at our feet.
A leap of faith
Festival Director Brett Robinson urges Brisbane to “keep the faith”. Brisbane has had it hard with the weather over the last few years, but Future Music has only ever wanted to see us receive the party we deserve. Take a leap of faith and believe: this will be the party to end all parties. “Come rain, hail or shine, the party will still go on.” The FMF Enterprise will roll on regardless of whatever Brisbane weather throws our way.
Transcending human limits
The production will be more epic than ever before: The Future Sound System Arena that is production heavy with an enhanced EDM experience thanks to state of the art audio and visuals including projection mapping promises to go where no one has ever gone before. It will be like the world’s biggest nightclub, taking the music where lines are blurred between trance, prog and house, featuring heroes like ATB, Paul van Dyk, Markus Schulz and Arty, peppered with Chuckie and Dannic and Australia’s Queen of Electro, Helena. Knife Party’s Haunted House Arena will also be banging, with acts Chase & Status playing live while Sub Focus, Porter Robinson, Bauer and Netky take it hard. The Cocoon Stage will be resurrected after the great washup of 2013. Sven Vath leads the way with Luciano, Dubfire, Maya Jane Coles and Guy Gerber live. There will also be a barrage of other stages to rock out to, from the The Likes of You Stage with Brodinski and Gesaffelstein live amongst others, as well as the V Energy Green Room, Foamarama and so much more.
Breaking the sound barrier
Without a doubt, 2014’s lineup breaks the sonic wall where more number 1s will be featured than a set of binary digits. Assuredly, the greatest music man, producer and artist on the planet, Pharrell Williams joins the FMF tour with a Brisbane sideshow. He accompanies a host of artists that are all number 1s in their own right, from visual odyssey Deadmau5, to Grammy conquerors Macklemore and Ryan Lewis and DJ Mag’s 2013’s #1 DJ Hardwell. Still flying from the thrust of their 2009 album Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, Triple J darlings and alt rock French babes Phoenix will glide into the country on the strength of their brand new album Bankrupt! And finally, the greatest sonic boom comes care of the most anticipated DJ/Producers to ever reach the shores of Australia: Eric Prydz, most assuredly, will land in Australia ladies and gentlemen. And if a set headlining FMF Brisbane isn’t enough, the Pryda Juggernaut continues with the after party to end all after parties featuring the Swede God with a three hour set at Family. Expect a ramming. All the signs are there for it.