Future Music Festival a smash hit

Skrillex performing at the Future Music Festival.
Skrillex performing at the Future Music Festival. Julian Smith

SOMETIMES I get a good feeling I heard this song five minutes ago.

And yet it didn't get tired.

From Skrillex to Zane Lowe, Avicii's Levels was a smash for Future Music Festival, at Brisbane's Doomben Racecourse on Saturday.

And though the recently Grammy-ed dub-step master Skrillex had already banged out his The Doors collaboration Breakn A Sweat that didn't stop a few other DJs pulling it out.

The death-pit was in full force for Skrillex late in the afternoon, though his set would be better placed at night fall when the flames behind him could have full effect.

The Las Venus stage was a clear favourite from the get-go hosting Jessie J, Skrillex, Fat Boy Slim and closing with Swedish House Mafia.

The live stage, Mazda2 Flamingo had everyone from The Naked and Famous, Friendly Fires, The Rapture, The Wombats and New Order.

For the most part the live acts weren't drawing the numbers.

The Wombats were the most popular with a clean but uneventful set of hits from last year's The Modern Glitch including Tokyo (Vampires and Wolves) and the arm raising Jump Into The Fog.

The highlight however was the dance friendly Let's Dance To Joy Division.

The grounds were already wet but the rain managed to hold out until the evening as Flux Pavilion enticed a death-pit for their bass heavy set.

The mood at the Ear Storm Records stage soon changed with the arrival of the UK's Zane Lowe.

The UK radio presenter's set was more dance friendly than the previous dub-steppers.

The narrow area for this stage couldn't contain the crowd for Knife Party's set with the fence literally coming down on several occasions leaving security to scramble to contain punters.

The Australian duo (including Rob Swire and Gareth McGrillen of Pendulum) worked the crowd into a frenzy with their current hit Internet Friends, the Swedish House Mafia collaboration Antidote and the Skrillex (who appeared briefly on stage) collaboration Zoology.

Peering from front of stage and high-fiving VIPs was Die Antwoord's Ninja, while Y-Landi Visser shied away in a black hoody.

Swedish House Mafia's Axwell fist-pumped his way along the fence line before making his way to the Las Venus stage where the trio, including Steve Angello and Sebastian Ingrosso, enjoyed a large contingent of the 35,000 strong crowd for the closing set.

Though the rain fell on cue as the curtain rose to the three a-top a 10-metre podium creating an awe inspiring atmosphere; after a day of mud, death-pits and energetic sets the trio's electro house wasn't pulling punches for everyone.

As the rain set in the mud-caked crowd made their way out the front gates.

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