Here Today, ‘Hear’ Tomorrow
Michael Kuscher puts his ear to the ground as the epic Future Music Festival rumbles towards Sepang
Posted Friday, 01/03/2013 at 15:58 PM
Michael Kuscher puts his ear to the ground as the epic Future Music Festival rumbles towards Sepang

The Prodigy smashing it up with punk savoir faire; Armin Van Buuren laying down a set for A State of Trance 600; and De La Soul busting hip-hop rhymes… right here in Kuala Lumpur?

I confess that seeing these entertainment behemoths on the lineup for Future Music Festival 2013 at the Sepang International Circuit made me make a double take. Witnessing niche acts of this calibre perform in this part of the world is rather uncommon, and something of a musical wonder. It’ll certainly be an entertainment highlight for 2013, and will keep tongues wagging for years to come.

The number and stature of artistes on rotation for this year’s Festival is overwhelming – the household-name headliners alone make it worth a visit. And as the official opening event for the Formula One Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix, the Festival promises two days of musical madness, which will undoubtedly leave a trail of awesome destruction in its wake. How can any selfrespecting music lover NOT go?

The annual Festival’s organisers have cranked-up the levels considerably this year and added an extra day to the proceedings, which will be hosted by the world’s number 1-ranked DJ for a record five times, trance royalty Armin Van Buuren. A State of Trance, his weekly radio show, clocks in a staggering 25 million listeners per week and has reached a milestone with its 600th episode.

To celebrate this magic number, the man has taken his show on the road in a tour dubbed ‘The Expedition’, through which he’ll wow 11 destinations around the globe. Malaysian fans will see Van Buuren take to the decks along with a select group of handpicked DJs and producers, in a night that will push the sound systems to the limit and the stage foundations to the max.

Joining the trance legend on day 1 of the Festival will be Egyptian duo Aly & Fila, the prolific 25-year-old American Ben Gold, German duo Cosmic Gate, Finnish duo Super8 & Tab, and Van Buuren’s countrymen, Dutch duo W&W. This is a veritable who’s who of trance and fans everywhere will be trembling at the prospect of seeing these honchos spin. Rarely has there been a Grade-A DJ lineup at a Malaysian rave as seen here, and with the tagline ‘Let’s turn the world into a dance floor!’, the proverbial roof will be raised and systematically demolished.

With the electronic element fully-represented on day 1, we move into day 2, when the music branches out to cover the whole spectrum. Spread across four stages, a mix of bands, DJs and producers will showcase their talent to an expected 40,000 revelers, easily making this one of Malaysia’s and South East Asia’s largest music festivals. The main draw will undoubtedly be the Warrior’s Dance Arena, where the fusion of punk, rock and dance that is The Prodigy, will systematically obliterate the venue. Following suit in the Arena will be English drum and bass, dubstep and electro producer Feed Me, New York-native and multitalented producer Kill The Noise, Canadians Zeds Dead and Hungarian Borgore.

Expect rattling electro beats, deep, deadly subs and bone-shaking dubstep at their finest. It doesn’t get any better than this. Over at the Pop Stage, an eclectic mix of artists awaits partygoers. There’s something for everyone here, whether you’re into home-grown indie, R&B-tinged vocals, deep house, or hip-hop – the Pop Stage delivers on all fronts. Among the names included on the bill are The Temper Trap, Bloc Party, fun., Ladytron, Timmy Trumpet, and Rita Ora.

Hip-hop heads will notice that not one, but two legendary groups grace this year’s Festival, each heavily responsible for having shaped the soundscape and lyrical dynamism of the genre. De La Soul and Naughty by Nature, formed in 1987 and 1989 respectively, step up to deliver rap/ hip hop at its finest. Thinking about hearing ‘Hip Hop Hooray’ ‘live’ gives me goose bumps, and the trio of De La kicking it on stage… it’s almost too much to take in.

The cherry on the cake will be witnessing Korean phenomenon PSY bust out Gangnam-style, ‘live’ on stage. His infamous YouTube video has amassed a record 1.2 billion views and counting, and even cave dwellers on Mars know who he is.

Whichever way you look at it, whether you hate him or love him, watching 40,000 fans chant along as PSY breaks out his moves will be a spectacle to behold. With the riot of high-class artists performing at one festival, revelers will be spoilt for choice. This will definitely be a case of rushing from one stage to the next to catch all your favourite performers doing their thing.

The whirlwind of activity set to blast through Sepang will continue on the following weekend when decibel levels will rise to the heavens. as F1 machines take to the tarmac.

Artiste Lineup  
Friday, 15 March  Saturday, 16 March
A State of Trance– The Expedition: On four Stages:
Armin Van Buuren The Prodigy
Aly & Fila Bloc Party
Ben Gold Rita Ora
Cosmic Gate fun.
Super8 & Tab PSY
W&W and more... De La Soul
  The Temper Trap
  Kill The Noise
  Zeds Dead
  Feed Me
  DJ Fresh
  Stafford Brothers
  Timmy Trumpet
  Naughty by Nature
  Ladytron and more...


Future Music Festival
Where Sepang International Circuit
When 15 & 16 March
Admission RM178 (Weekend Pass), RM138 (Single Day Pass)
Tickets 03 7880 7999
ticketpro.com.my, futuremusicfestival.asia

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