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Review - Future Music Festival 2008 - Melbourne

Author: Danni Borg
Tuesday, 11 March 2008
As I headed to the Myer Music Bowl on a mid-30s day in Melbourne, I could tell this was going to be one steamy day at Future Music Festival. Not only from the burning sun, but also from the line up of fantastic DJs that were billed to play.

Trying to avoid some of the heat, we arrived at that gates at 3pm and the grounds were already full of people eager to party in sun. Herds of fluro were at each eye shot - short shorts, bikini tops and no tops were everywhere to be seen, but nonetheless, everyone was enjoying themselves.

I made my way down to the main stage pretty much right away and this is where I would spend the rest of the day. We were lucky enough to find a shady spot on the hill to chill under the mini marquees and take in some of Eddie Halliwell's set. A friend of mine had been raving about Eddie and even though I hadn't really heard much of him before, I wanted to check out what all the fuss what about. He was playing a good set for that time of the day, not really my cup of tea, but the crowd was in a frenzy!

By the time Roger Sanchez came on at 5pm, the grass area was filling up and it seemed most of the punters were making their way to the main stage to settle in for the rest of the day. I was pleasantly surprised with Sanchez, even though his sound is usually a little too housey for me, he was really playing to the crowd and the crowd wanted anthems! One of his very first tracks was 'Greece 2000', an old-time favourite of mine. He kept pounding out classic anthem, after classic anthem, threw some Fatboy Slim in there, along with Underworld's 'Born Slippy'. It went down great with the crowd, but after a year of such great music in 2007, I felt he could have played a little more current music, but regardless I was impressed in how he worked the crowd.

Half way through Sanchez's set, I thought I would try and make my way to the VIP area to meet up with the rest of my crew and get a good spot for the man I came to see, John Digweed.

My friends had managed to secure a nice little section right on the side of the stage and this is where we spent the rest of the night. As soon as Digweed came on, the energy of the arena changed - so much excitement came over me and my crew, the vibe for us was electric. But sadly, looking out in to the crowd, it seemed the kids weren't really digging Diggers, well not in the way they were screaming for Halliwell and Sanchez.

I just don't think they got his sound and the fact he wasn't dropping bombs left right and centre. This is what I applaud him for!

It was much the same feel when Sven Vath came on, who took it up a notch and played a more techier sound which the crowd was responding to. He definitely wasn't recieving the same response the crowd was giving earlier in the day, but I was loving every minute of it. I thought it was rather refreshing to hear a nice mix of music at a big festival, rather than just mainstream electro all day.

Then it was time for who everyone was waiting to see. We had waited what seemed like a 30-minute intermission while The Chemical Brothers set up for their fantastic stage show. I hadn't seen them live since the Big Day Out many years ago, so I was well excited. Thirty minutes seemed like three hours as the anticipation built.

Just before 8.30pm, the lights went out and the huge stage lit up - the crowd went absolutely mental. The boys started with 'Galvanise' and they put on such a great live show, even though we could hardly see them. They played all of our favourites - 'Hey Boy, Hey Girl', 'Get Yourself High', 'Do It Again' and 'Out Of Control', but it seems when they play live there is a harder element to their sound, it gets everyone rocking.

The Chemical Brothers have always been a favourite of mine and I found it was a great way to end a great day.