Boasting one of the most enviable lineups in the industry, this year’s Future Music Festival is set to make every other summer festival look like an opening act. Already bringing Grammy-winning acts like Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and DJ superstars Deadmau5, Hardwell and Kaskade to Australia, the Future Music Group made a late and extremely welcome announcement that music’s current bigwig, Pharrell Williams, will close each show.
This year’s Safari-themed festival travels all around the nation stopping at every major city, and like any festival with a line-up this big, tickets are selling fast. This year for both Melbourne and Brisbane punters, the organisers have introduced RFID wristbands that are to be dispatched to ticket-holders early February. So make sure you have read all the information regarding this new technology and check that you have received yours in the mail before you get held up at the gate.
You may have already organised which acts to see (and more importantly how to avoid set clashes!) but it’s just as important to research other not-so-exciting factors such as transport and conditions of entry. All of this handy information can be found on the Future Music Festival website.
The Melbourne leg is being held at Flemington Racecourse, so it’s a good idea to suss out your surrounds and your transport options for the day well in advance. Trains, buses and trams will drop you at one of the two main entrances. Once you arrive, make sure you’re up to speed with what is not allowed past the gates; drugs and alcohol, open water bottles, professional cameras and umbrellas are all on the prohibited list.
Once inside, take note of where the first-aid and free water stations are. As at any outdoor summer festival, it’s also a good idea to find shaded rest areas and remember to reapply that life-saving sunscreen. Then you’re ready to settle in for a long day of world-class entertainment.