Drake will tour Australia for the first time next February and March as a headliner on the dance-oriented Future Music Festival.
Drizzy, whose third album Nothing Was the Same opened on the ARIA chart last year at No. 2, his highest charting release here, will join the likes of performers Avicii, The Prodigy, Afrojack, Die Antwoord and 2 Chainz on the five-date traveling music fest, the line-up for which was announced Wednesday. An official announcement video accompanied the big reveal (see below).
Organizers also confirmed the hire of James Klein, the man responsible for the massive productions for Miami’s Ultra Music Main Stage, to deliver “state-of-the-art sound and spine-tingling light rigs that’ll explode with pyrotechnic climaxes”.
Future Music Festival, now part of Michael Gudinski’s Mushroom Group of Companies, is one of the biggest touring fests of its kind Down Under and its producers will be hoping to sell somewhere in the region of 200,000 tickets. First release tickets are priced from Australian $139.90 (plus booking fee) and go on sale Oct. 30.
Swedish EDM star Tim Bergling (aka Avicci) will be hoping for a less eventful trip Down Under than his experience on the Future tour last year. He pulled the plug early on his 2013 Future appearances when he was hospitalized for stomach problems. He’s since had surgery to have his gall bladder and appendix removed, and apparently made a full recovery. Avicci’s solo tour in January set records for the largest attendances ever seen in Australia for a standalone DJ, when he shifted almost 70,000 tickets across four dates, according to promoter Frontier Touring (also part of the Mushroom Group).
Rapper 2 Chainz is another whose last festival touring plan for Australia was scrapped at the last minute, though for altogether different reasons. The artist was caught up on a pot charge (and later found not guilty) back in the U.S., which meant he missed his scheduled slot on Live Nation’s inaugural 2013 Movement festival. Organizers canceled the multi-city event, citing 2 Chainz’s “visa issues resulting from a pending unresolved court case” among the big reasons.
Future Music Festival 2015:
Feb. 28 — Royal Randwick Racecourse, Sydney
March 1 — Arena Joondalup, Perth
March 7 –·Brisbane Showgrounds
March 8 –·Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne
March 9 — Adelaide Showground