More than 50 acts at Future Music fest

More than 50 acts at Future Music fest
Among the performers at the Future Music Festival Asia are DJs Afrojack and Avicii (above) and dance music pioneer Giorgio Moroder.

Already one of the biggest electronic dance events in South-east Asia, the Future Music Festival Asia that will be held in Singapore for the first time in March will be the biggest edition yet.

More than 50 acts will take to the three stages at the Changi Exhibition Centre on March 13 and 14.

Besides previously announced names such as DJs Avicii and Afrojack, dance music veterans Fatboy Slim and The Prodigy and electronic duo Knife Party, the festival will also feature veteran acts such as 74-year-old dance music pioneer Giorgio Moroder and rap group Public Enemy, rapper and producer Example, as well as home- grown names such as Aldrin and Andrew T.

The annual festival, which took place in Kuala Lumpur for the past three years, is jointly organised by Livescape Singapore and Future Music Group Australia, and is expected to draw a 50,000-strong crowd.

Last year's edition was marred by the death of six concertgoers and 14 who were hospitalised for apparent drug overdose, which led to the cancellation of the third day.

This year, organisers affirmed that they will be taking extra precautions to prevent similar incidents.

Says the group chief executive of The Livescape Group, Mr Muhammad Iqbal Ameer: "As an internationally acclaimed and award-winning festival, Future Music Festival Asia has a zero-tolerance drug- abuse policy.

For the festival this year, even tighter controls willbe implemented to discourage drug abuse among festival goers.

"One of the key things we have done this year is that we've formed an international team from highly experienced organisations to be involved in the planning of the festival."

The companies engaged to handle the festival's security, medical, safety and drug prevention plan include Dutch company SightCon, which worked on security at major international dance festival Tomorrowland, Australian medical consultants EventAid and Singaporean companies Event Security Specialists and Singapore Emergency Ambulance Services.

To ensure smooth transportation to and from the Changi Exhibition Centre, which is not serviced by public transport, free half-hourly shuttle buses will be deployed from a pick-up and drop-off point in town that is yet to be confirmed.

Mr Iqbal is also confident that "there will be ample taxis on stand-by" as the festival has partnered with mobile taxi app company GrabTaxi, which will operate a taxi booth at the venue.

The festival features a main stage, dubbed the Supernova Stage, purported to be "one of the largest in South-east Asia", as well as carnival rides.

The festival started in Sydney in 2006 and has since expanded to various other cities in Australia and Asia.

Close to 11,000 tickets have been sold since the festival was announced in November last year, of which about 30 per cent were bought by fans outside Singapore, says Mr Iqbal.

This article was first published on Jan 30, 2015.
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