The good folks behind Future Music Festival Asia are pulling no punches this year in delivering what is slated to be an out-of-this-world, auditory extravaganza.
First off, punters are being treated to not one, not two, but three whole days of world class artists from across the musical board. Secondly, the festival has relocated to the largest stadium in Southeast Asia, the Bukit Jalil National Stadium. The iconic location is the ideal spot to host the 85,000 expected fans, slew of stages and host of awesome activities that will populate the grounds.
The killer line-up features over 70 local and international artists who will be doling out everything from skull-cracking electro to home-grown indie, making this one of the biggest events the region has ever witnessed. So, prep your ears for three days of adrenaline pumping, decibelblasting, musical mayhem.
One: Deadmau5 & Friends
Kicking off the Festival are a hefty sum of arm raising, heart racing DJs swooping in from all over North America, Europe, and Australasia. Known for his irresistible head bobbing beats and unmistakable head gear, the world’s number one electro house artist Deadmau5 from Canada will set the stage alight with some of his finest cuts.
|Deadmau5||Armin Van Buuren|
Also from The True North and prepared to enthral, is duo Adventure Club, who bring a unique sound which incorporates influences from Tiësto and Skrillex to name a few. Taking the stage as well is Dutch DJ and remix maestro, R3hab, who has dropped crazy re-rubs of songs by Cher, Rihanna, and No Doubt.
|Macklemore and Ryan Lewis||Will Sparks|
Then, from down under comes champion of the Melbourne ‘Bounce’ scene, Will Sparks, known for his filthy bass lines, bottom heavy fillers and hard-hitting rhythms. Raining in as well are Eva T, Breaking Diamonds, Double E and Victor Trixter to unite for one common purpose: unadulterated aural ecstasy. Finally, local rising stars B.A.T.E (Brains & The Eye) will do the nation proud by laying down a set of epic tunes alongside some of the loudest international players in EDM.
Two: A State of Trance 650 – New Horizons
Trance lovers can rejoice as Armin Van Buuren is back, and he’s bringing with him the arsenal of equipment used on his ground-breaking, weekly radio show, A State of Trance. Joining Van Buuren on the decks is his posse of European megastars, including German big house names Paul Van Dyk and Markus Schulz.
|Tinie Tempah||Pharrell Williams|
Local representation in turn comes from Malaysian champs Trimix and DJ Ramsey Westwood. Trimix, as the name suggests, is a Malaysian triple threat behind the wheels of steel, whose popularity has sky-rocketed in the last six months. Bridging the Malaysian-European gap is Eurasian Penang-ite DJ Ramsey Westwood who is the first Malaysian to play the Ministry of Sound, London.
As if these names aren’t enough, Moldovan trance producer & DJ prodigy Andrew Rayel, Ukraine’s selftaught Omnia and Amsterdam born Marlo, join the rotation for a trancebound night of heightened consciousness.
Three: Roaring Sounds
Gracing our shores for the climax of the Festival are some of hip hop’s biggest stars, including Wu Tang Clan members Ghostface Killah and Raekwon, who will bring the ruckus and level the stage with a set list of grimy old skool beats. The rapture continues with this year’s Grammy winner for Best Producer, the multi-talented phenomenon Pharrell Williams, followed by the Thrift Shop duo responsible for making tidal waves in the hip hop scene over the last year, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.
The stellar list of music royalty carry’s on with British rapper Tinie Tempah who returns for an encore after a smashing performance in 2012, and Malaysian Indie singer-songwriter, Yuna, whose meteoric rise to international fame has been nothing short of remarkable. Bow down as well to the king of club hits 9PM (Till I Come), Don’t Stop, and ATB. Do the Harlem Shake with Baauer, Get Wild with the Bassjackers, be an Animal with Martin Garrix, and prepare to be floored by rolling beats from turntable heavyweights Sub Focus, Chase & Status, and Gesaffelstein.
|Chase & Status||Baauer|
Also ready to get your tail feathers shaking are local acts such as Bassment Syndicate, whose cross cultural band brings to the table a fresh take on music, blending together soul, jazz, hip hop, and smooth grooves with rock, funk, and some good ol’ R&B. But don’t go bananas just yet, dip into self-taught DJ Ko Pi Go’s cuppa, infused with deep house, techno, and anything found in underground bass.
Bounce together with DJ H3 as he hops between genres within a single set: definitely a unique experience for those new to the Malaysian dubstep scene! A few pointers before you step into the lion’s den: leave behind everything, all your worries, troubles, trials and tribulations; illegal substances, pets, weapons, and recording devices – you won’t need any of that.
Finally, take the LRT! The Bukit Jalil Station is right on the stadium’s doorstep, making it the most efficient (and environmental friendly!) mode of transport. Last, but by no means least, have a blast!