Future Music Festival have announced their second line-up and it is pretty huge, featuring everything from electronica to indie rock and hip hop. In the realm of electronica, the first Future line-up was marked by a look to the present of electronic music with the announcement of Swedish House Mafia for 2012. The second line-up, though, is a nod to the past and a testament to the festival's timelessness, with the announcement of iconic electronic band, New Order. Rumours are rife that this will be the last ever Australian tour for the New Wave pioneers and you'd better get in quick if you hope to catch some of their biggest and best tracks like 'Blue Monday' and 'Bizarre Love Triangle'.
Festival Director Brett Robinson said of New Order: "they represent an entire movement and an iconic moment in music that has become timeless and coveted.” He adds that, while in search of an act that could top 2010's success, it was Future favourites, Ed Chemical and his manager Alex who recommended New Order after watching their reunion show in Paris earlier this year. According to Robinson, "they called me the instant they left the show to say 'If you know what's good for you, book them straight away; the show was every bit as good as it ever has been.'" The very next day, Future did just that. True revolutionaries of the electronic genre, the sounds of New Order have captivated audiences worldwide for over 30 years and their influence shows no signs of waning. They are a very exciting addition to the 2012 Future bill to say the least.
Also heading up the second line-up are UK indie rock outfit Friendly Fires, New York hip hoppers Gym Class Heroes and free-styling grime master of rap Professor Green. Meanwhile, Mark Ronson and Zane Lowe return to Future to unveil their super secret new collaboration. We hear it's going to be epic. All these and more will be joining the already star studded line-up which features Fatboy Slim, Die Antwoord, Frank Ocean and many more. Peruse the full line-up and festival details over on our Festival Guide.
Some of our favourite music moments from the Future line-up:
New Order – 'Blue Monday'
Fatboy Slim - 'Weapon of Choice'
Fatboy Slim have collaborated with everyone from Iggy Pop to Spike Jonze and David Byrne (Talking Heads) but who could forget that iconic video with Christopher Walken for their 2001 track 'Weapon of Choice':
Frank Ocean and his imaginary friends - 'Novacane'
Die Antwoord - 'Zef Side'
You wouldn't know it from looking at them, but Die Antwoord are actually normal like the rest of us (sometimes) and used to be a much more pop version of themselves in their former band, MaxNormal.TV. Here's proof:
Mark Ronson feat. Boy George - 'Somebody to love me'
Full second announcement:
New Order (UK)
Friendly Fires (UK)
Gym Class Heroes (USA)
Mark Ronson vs Zane Lowe (UK)
Knife Party (AUS/UK)
Professor Green (UK)
John O’Callaghan (IRE)
Oliver Huntemann (GER)
Flux Pavilion (UK)
Orjan Nilsen (NOR)
Porter Robinson (USA)
Kill The Noise (USA)
Ruby Rose (AUS)
Timmy Trumpet (AUS)
Have you seen these fish?