FMFA Part Two: The Diary Continues...
By Timothy Wee
March 27, 2013
If the first day of Future Music Festival Asia (FMFA) had a dance music slant to it, the second day certainly added an indie vibe to the musical line up. While many fans were upset with the last minute withdrawals of Rudimental and DJ Fresh, the day kicked off with popular acts like PSY and Temper Trap. However, it was only until nightfall when Grammy winners, Fun took to the stage that the party got to full swing.
The trio wasted no time at the Flamingo Stage as the strong indie crowd warmed up to the opening number, Carry On. Energetic frontman, Nate Ruess was every bit the charismatic darling as they belted out their songs. Time flew quickly by and Fun left their strongest offerings, Some Nights and We Are Young towards the end of their set. Timing was tight as I had to dash off to the main stage to catch the electro act, Kill The Noise.
Kill The Noise or Jake Stanczak got the party on with his blend of electro and house mixes. The crowd swarmed into the Warrior Dance Arena with me helplessly sandwiched in between. I wished I could get into the groove of the set, but it proved difficult I was distracted by extravagant fireworks display that lit up the dull dark sky.
After another arduous trip back to the Flamingo stage later, I was rewarded with the rocking tunes of Bloc Party. Although they recently released the new album, Four, they surprised the gathered audience by playing an old track, So Here We Are.
Despite a three years hiatus, they lost none of their stage presence. Drummer, Matt Tong and vocalist, Kele Okereke retained their dynamism as they jumped straight into Hunting for Witches. However, the live renditions of their latest tracks, Octopus and Kettling did little to dissuade my disappointment of Four. It was with a heavy heart that I trooped back to catch the festival headliners, The Prodigy.
My mood was lifted upon reaching The Prodigy set. They might have been in their forties, but they still knew how to put on a show. The quality of Keith Flint, Liam Howlett and Maxim Reality’s performance really put some of the younger acts to shame. I might have been exhausted from running around, but their impressive stage set up of pyros, lights and lasers convinced me to dig deep and party on. Firestarter was a personal highlight of the set which culminated with the song, Smack My Bitch Up. It seemed a fitting end to an epic weekend that drained me both mentally and physically.
IF you missed out on my FMFA Part One: The Trance Diary, check it out now!