It’s that time EDM fans nationwide wait all year for! Whether you’re a casual D&B-head or a committed, full-time raver, the lineup for Future Music Festival 2014 is big news for most punters. The news may have expanded just a little further in size, with a recent leak confirming that the FMF 2014 headliners will be Deadmau5, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and Phoenix with the lineup also featuring Eric Prydz.
We’d already seen D&B maestros Rudimental confirmed for the FMF 2014 lineup, revealing their inclusion to Music Feeds yesterday. You can watch the full video below.
The rumour mill for one of Australia, and now Asia’s, biggest dance events starts churning as soon as the last discarded water bottle is removed from Adelaide’s Bonython Park, and so far has seen some big names floated around, including superstar Avicii, Knife Party, Hardwell, and Kaskade.
The festival began in 2006 as a one-day standalone event taking place in Sydney’s Royal Randwick Racecourse. That year saw the likes of Armin van Buuren as headliner, with Markus Schulz, David Guetta, Steve Angello, and other big acts filling out the bill. After the dissolution of the legendary Two Tribes festival that year, Future ascended to become one of Australia’s most beloved electronic music festivals.
Recently, Festival owners Future Entertainment have been seeing some tough times. The news has been rife with stories of epic debts, scrapping of major festivals, restructuring, and name-changes. But in trademark style, they haven’t let any of that get in the way of curating an incredible day of entertainment for their fans.
Future Music 2014 will kick off in Brisbane on 1st March, 2014, sweeping its way through the country with stops in Perth, Sydney, Melbourne, and Adelaide. Music Feeds will have the full lineup right here, the second it drops!
UPDATE: Organisers have announced Pharrell Williams as a last minute addition to the festival, with the producer and Get Lucky singer added to FMF in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. Williams will also play sideshows in Perth and Brisbane. Full details here.
Gallery: Future Music 2014 First Lineup Announcement – In Pictures
Deadmau5 (US) - The moral compass of modern dance music, Deadmau5 will be making his long overdue Australian return right at the pointy end of the FMF '14 line up. The last time Deadmau5 A.K.A Joel Zimmerman unleashed his next-level set upon Australian audiences was back in 2011 so this will be his first stint down under with Album Title Goes Here or perhaps even an even fresher album by then.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (US) - This is fucking awesome! The duo behind the mega hit of 2012/2013 Thrift Shop truly need no introduction. The pair were in town supporting their buzz at the start of 2013 so we've clearly done something right to have them back so soon.
Phoenix (FRA) - The French ensemble have maintained a solid relationship with their Australian fanbase. Having dropped their latest album Bankrupt! a couple of months ago, an Oz tour was sure to be imminent, that and the fact the band said they had early-2014 in mind to head Down Under. Phoenix were last in town back in 2009.
Knife Party (AU) - Two of Australia's own electronic superstars make up this genre-merging duo. Rob Swire and Gareth McGrillen are both members of a little group called Pendulum and with that kind of EDM pedigree, you can be sure their FMF 2014 set will be electrifying and heavy.
Hardwell (NL) - This Dutch electro house star was just here for FMF 2013, but just can't seem to get enough of the Australian crowds. He's toured with Tiesto, released some of the biggest club hits of the past decade and now he's returning Down Under to rock Australian audiences once again.
Eric Prydz (SWE) - Speculation that this 'Call On Me' hit-maker would make the trip Down Under in 2014 has been mounting for a while, reaching critical mass in the last few days. The confirmation that one of Sweden's top house producers is finally on his way here after cancelling a tour in 2012 has made a lot of Aussie punters very happy.
Rudimental (UK) - These London boys assured Music Feeds that they would be on the Future 2014 lineup and they're not ones to break their word (just their beats). Returning in 2014 for the fourth time in just over a year, these guys will have some considerable, chart-topping drum & bass chops in tow.
Tinie Tempah (UK) - This English rapper, real name Patrick Junior Chukwuemeka Okogwu, goes from strength to strength, having released his first mixtape as recently as 2005, his debut album entered the charts at number one just five years later. He's known for his dynamic, enormously entertaining live performances.
Chase & Status (UK)
- Likewise flying the Union Jack will be this drum & bass duo, made up of Saul Milton and Will Kennard, who make up Chase & Status respectively. Their studio skills have seen them collaborate with Plan B, Cee Lo Green, Rihanna, and FMF 2014 alum Tinie Tempah.
Sub Focus (UK) - This British producer has been unleashing a barrage of dynamic EDM for just under a decade now. His skills on the decks has recently seen him headline the Radio 1 Dance stage at the Reading and Leeds Festivals, wowing crowds with a sublime mix of heavy beats and smooth rhythms.
Kaskade (US) - This American producer-DJ rode the same tide that saw Deadmau5 and Wolfgang Gartner rise to prominence in the EDM scene, establishing himself a trustworthy name in the world of progressive house. A two-time winner of the title of "America's Best DJ", Kaskade is not one to miss.
Netsky (BE) - Named after a computer virus, this Belgian drum & bass virtuosos sends crowds haywire with monstrous sets that combine drum & bass, dubstep and liquid funk, to keep crowds jumping. Having conquered so much at the tender age of 24, Netsky isn't one to sleep on.
Dada Life (SWE) - Sweden is to electro house what Bristol, England is to trip hop--a breeding ground for the who's who. These two ever-rising stars may deliver an absurdist take on the genre -- sampling real punches to the stomach in their songs -- but there's nothing absurd about their awesome live sets.
Porter Robinson (US) - This American electro house producer and DJ made his Future Music Festival debut in 2012, wowing audiences with a sublime display of electronic muscle, that has seen him tour with the likes of Tiesto, Skrillex, and Deadmau5.
Naughty Boy (UK)
- This highly-acclaimed genre-bending artist hails from Watford and recently released his debut album, 'Hotel Cabana'. Crafting a delicious mix of pop, R&B, hip hop, funk, soul and break beat, revellers looking for some time to chill with some mind-bending grooves would be well-advised to catch Naughty Boy.
Paul van Dyk (DE) - Paul van Dyk is, quite simply, a living legend. One of the world's most prominent and acclaimed trance superstars, Paul has been DJing and unleashing classic tunes on crowds for over two decades. His mixing skills are second-to-none--the only DJ to hold a spot in the World's Top 10 DJs since 1998
ATB (DE) - A German trance veteran, who first turned heads in 1998 with his smash hit crossover single '9 PM (Till I Come).' Since then he's become one of the worlds most in-demand DJs and producers, working with renowned vocalists and musicians and playing everywhere from Trance Energy and beyond.
Markus Schulz (DE) - Another German trance superstar, Schulz has likewise been in the game for over two decades, releasing highly-acclaimed mixes and a string of incredible trance tunes. The man is something of a veteran at Future, with this being his fourth appearance at the event.
Chuckie (NL) - Dominating the game in the field of dirty house, this Suriname-born Dutch DJ and producer is an experienced entertainer, delivering sets that combine superb light displays and interactive stage elements, with a unique brand of Latin-inspired Dutch house.
Arty (RU) - This Russian producer-DJ has quickly built a name for himself in the EDM scene with highly-acclaimed mixes, a consistent radio presence, as well as a monthly podcast 'Together We Are Podcast'. This 23-year-old has built a solid community of quality DJs around him and works hard to keep crowds moving.
R3Hab (NL) - Since 2008, R3hab has become one of the mainstays of the Dutch house genre, delivering his own unique twist on the style with influences ranging from early psy-trance to hardcore and gabber compositions, crafting an individual style all his own.
Martin Garrix (NL) - Can you say you "prodigy"? This Dutch DJ is only 17-years-old and has already made a name for himself in the worlds of electro and Dutch house. Riding the considerable tide of his single 'Animals', the track was a favourite of major international DJs including Hardwell.
Baauer (US) - Do the Harlem Shake! Baauer is the man behind that infamous tune, which had people worldwide going nuts all over YouTube. But this young producer is also a considerable talent and has been producing electronic music since the age of 13 to much acclaim.
Monsta (UK) - Future punters have a healthy relationship with bass, enjoying sets from some of the most decadent artists in the bass department. That relationship is about to turn obsessive and toxic with London trio Monsta, who deliver subwoofer-crushing beats on an epic scale.
Helena (AUS) - English blood but an Aussie heart, DJ Helena delivers contagious, carefully-crafted sets of quality dance music that sweeps through genres to establish a sound all her own. She's shared stages with Swedish House Mafia, Major Lazer, and Disclosure and is set to rock FMF 2014.
Adventure Club (CA) - Flying the maple leaf-flag at Future Music 2014, this Montreal duo have a lot of EDM muscle to flex. Releasing quality dubstep like there's no tomorrow, the two have become sought-after remixers, having worked for Young Jeezy, Alexisonfire, Metric, and Brand New.
Carnage (US) - This US DJ puts the focus on the crowd when he's behind the decks, sweating to deliver an unforgettable night for audiences. Carnage combines genres including trance, house, dubstep and break beat to deliver a pumping, energetic set not to be missed.
Bassjackers (NL) - Marlon Flohr and Ralph van Hilst got together so the former could play the latter's tracks in his sets. Cut to a few months later and Fedde le Grande was playing their first single and their careers were launched. A legion of fans will tell you, these guys know how to rock a crowd.
Deniz Koyu (TR) - Receiving the stamp of approval from such names as Avicii, Swedish House Mafia, Tiesto, Dada Life and Fedde le Grand, this Turkish DJ-producer is part of a remarkable EDM pedigree. MTV named him as an "electronic artist to watch" in 2012, and in 2014 he's set his sights on taking over FMF.
Dannic (NL) - We know what you're thinking: yet another Dutch guy! But Dannic isn't one to sleep on. Hailing from the same town as Tiesto and Hardwell, this young DJ won fans by releasing a stream of acclaimed mash-ups and now commands some serious respect in the Dutch EDM game
Dyro (NL) - This young-gun has packed a lot into just a few short years. Now an acclaimed remixer, Dyro looks set to be the next big thing in EDM, unleashing track after track of quality house, this DJ-producer is now signed to Axwell's record label.
Cut Copy (AU) - Melbourne's own Cut Copy are an institution in Australian dance music. Receiving acclaim worldwide for their dynamic live performances and a string of classic releases including 'Lights and Music' and 'Take Me Over'. They bring classic pop sensibilities to urban, club-based grooves.
Stafford Brothers (AU) - This Aussie duo have become Future Music Festival veterans and a mainstay on the FMF roster, having played back-to-back sets since 2011. They're continuing their record in 2014, and delivering some killer EDM in the process.
Timmy Trumpet (AU) - Getting his name from his predilection for playing trumpet over EDM tracks, which he used to do in Ibiza, Timmy Trumpet is no novelty act. This artist has played with the likes of Armin Van Buuren, Carl Cox, Fatboy Slim and the Stafford Brothers at events and festivals worldwide.
Press session, in studio, outside
Walden (AU) - This 18-year-old Sydney producer is considered something of a prodigy by many in the Australian EDM scene. Having fallen in love with music software he encountered on a school field trip to Sydneyʼs Powerhouse technology museum, that spark has seen him rise swiftly in the Aussie dance scene.
Tenzin (AU) - Another familiar face to Australian punters, this Syndey-based artist is a self-labelled party hound, who's all about giving to his audience. On the production tip, he's remixed for Kanye West, Kings Of Leon, Stafford Brothers, and Sneaky Sound System, just to name a few small-timers.
Will Sparks (AU) - A proponent of the "Melbourne sound," this young producer is quickly making a name for himself with a steady release of genre-breaking records with a sound all his own. His killer live sets are a must for anyone looking for some quality EDM with a Melbourne twist.
Sven Vath (DE) - There are few bigger names in the world of techno than Sven Vath. A contemporary of guys like Paul van Dyk and Westbam, the man is a living legend of dance music and an icon in the genre of techno. His 1995 album 'Accident in Paradise' is still considered one of the greatest releases in EDM.
Dubfire (US) - Half of the legendary house duo Deep Dish, this Iranian-American DJ was long-rumoured to be making an appearance at FMF 2014 and the confirmation has made a lot of house purists very happy. A contemporary of such genre progenitors as BT, Dubfire delivers a meticulous blend of deep beats.
Maya Jane Coles (UK) - Fighting the EDM war on dual fronts, Maya Jane Coles shows equal flare in producing house music and dubstep under different monikers, each a unique, precision-crafted persona with an individual sound.
Paul Kalkbrenner (DE) - This German hit-maker is no DJ. Kalkbrenner uses softw-synths, sequencers, midi-controllers, hardware synths and drum machines to create a live experience that is rare to see in the EDM world, and he does it while keeping audiences moving.
Gesaffelstein (FR) - Currently working on his next studio release, Gesaffelstein is taking time out from his busy schedule of remixing the likes of Tiga, Miss Kittin, Kanye West, and Lana Del Rey to wow FMF 2014 crowds with his talent for techno-inspired electronica.
Brodinski (FR) - French electronic artists are known for their splendour and extravagance when it comes to their production game. Louis Brodinski takes the opposite route, crafting minimal electronic compositions that still retain that unmistakable, smooth French sound.
Kaytranada (CA) - Whether it's hip hop, two step, drum and bass, house or techno, it's gotta be smooth to get the Kaytranada seal of approval. This Canadian artist delivers groove by the bucketload, with releases characterised by deep bass and funky beats.
Gorgon City (UK) - This UK duo deliver party-minded dance anthems like its going out of style (we pray it isn't) and have received the nod of approval from tastemakers such as Diplo, DJ T, Annie Mac and Mistajam, who all laud this pair's skills in the studio and on the stage.
Guy Gerber (IL) - Having played worldwide, with sets in Detroit, Berlin, Ibiza, Miami, and the UK, this Israeli artist specialises in synth-heavy techno and house, employing live instrumentation for some aurally splendorous live shows. Not one to be missed!
Future Music Festival 2014 – First Lineup Announcement