Fes­ti­val fans mourn­ing the loss of Big Day Out will find so­lace in Fu­ture Mu­sic Fes­ti­val, which of­fers ev­ery­thing from EDM to rock & hip hop

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - PLAY | LIVE & LOUD - SUZANNE SIMONOT

FROM Drake’s Aus­tralian tour de­but to our first live taste of new ma­te­rial from the Prodigy, the Fu­ture Mu­sic Fes­ti­val, which rolls into Bris­bane this week­end, has enough meat on its bones to re­lieve the ap­petites of all man­ner of pun­ters.

Among the high­lights are: Drake: The Canadian is one of the wold’s big­gest hip hop stars with an as­tound­ing 14 tracks in the Bill­board Hot 100. Not all the songs are purely his; 10 are while four are col­lab­o­ra­tions.

Tour­ing Australia for the first time, Drake’s huge show in­cludes flames and a fly­ing-trapeze ride over the crowd. Hill­top Hoods: The hip hop trio from Ade­laide has built up a huge fol­low­ing in Australia and through­out Europe and the US. The BDO/Triple J favourites (their track Cosby Sweater came in at No.3 on Triple J’s Hottest 100) know how to win friends and in­flu­ence peo­ple. With no BDO this year, they’re mak­ing their Fu­ture de­but. Prodigy: On your marks, get set – sweat! In a world of ho­mogenised pap, the Prodigy have re­mained de­li­ciously staunch. The bound­ary shak­ing UK elec­tro punks re­turn to our shores armed with ma­te­rial from new al­bum The Day Is My En­emy to cel­e­brate 25 years of rav­ing against the ma­chine. Don’t be sur­prised if Prodigy’s friend of a friend Johnny Depp is side of stage for their Bris­bane set. Die Ant­wo­ord: Talk about push­ing it real good. The South African rave-rap group – rap­pers Ninja and Yolandi Visser and DJ Hi-Tek – don’t do things by halves. Po­lar­is­ing, con­tro­ver­sial and coura­geous, their riv­et­ing show is dressed to im­press with stage dives, back­ing dancers and strange decor.

The group de­scribes its work as “doc­u­men­tary fic­tion” and “ex­ag­ger­ated ex­pe­ri­ence” de­signed for shock value. What’s not to love?

Fu­ture Mu­sic Fes­ti­val (18+) plays Doomben Race­course, in Bris­bane, on Satur­day.

Yolandi Visser of Die Ant­wo­ord is sure to im­press at the Fu­ture Mu­sic Fes­ti­val in Bris­bane.

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