Yesterday was day one of the Future Music Festival. To be fair, things were stacked against us, the line-up had been changed at the last minute so there was some timing confusion and then the skies opened and we saw our first barrage of Aussie rain. Apparently it rains every year without fail on FMF day and the locals didn’t seem fazed. They turned up, loved-up and shirtless, with spiky hair and way too much muscle; think Jersey Shore take on Bestival….
The crowd response was manic; the Aussies seem to love the aggression of songs like D.P.M.O, the INXS riff on I Need You Tonight is obviously a national favorite and with Read All About It climbing the charts over here, the set closes with fans singing along which is standard in the UK but a little surreal over here. Nothing like a good gig to raise spirits and numb the jetlag.
Pro caught up with Travie from Gym Class Heroes, these guys toured together 3 or 4 years ago….
Watching their set from side of stage.
Shouts out to Burger Gang.
Then off for a bit of promo. High spirits makes life hard for interviewers. At one point it looked like Stephen and Jessie J were going to do their promo together but then common sense prevailed. I think I heard Stephen say ‘I’m joking…’ five times to a visibly shocked interviewer while her researcher took about 5 minutes to recover from the joke that got played on her when she walked on set.
The last interview of the day ended with a race round the corridors on Beer cooler bikes. Only in Australia would someone think of taking a beer cooler and turning it into a very dangerous and awkward moped. I guess drink driving isn’t a big deal over here.
Meanwhile IQ was doing his thing.
This is ‘old-school’ Pat, our sound engineer. He’s the guy that sits at the big desk opposite the stage and cranks up the volume. I have no idea what he does exactly but I’d hazard a guess that he mixes all the different sound channels together and then pumps out the purest sound he can. Either way, he’s pretty damn important.
Q wanted me to use these pictures because they show he’s ‘international n shit….’
Here he is taking a wet wipe shower next to tour manager Trigger.
After an afternoon of drinking it was time to head to Perth. Another long flight, another time change, further body clock confusion just as you’re reaching some kind of equilibrium. The strain is showing, it’s like any trip, the first several days are new and exciting but come day four it’s taken its toll. We haven’t even been partying that hard, I guess it’s just the power of jetlag.
Felix is pioneering a new look: the Brian Harvey snapback x JLS neckline combo. The ladies love it.
Next stop Perth.
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Harry’s Bar in Venice is supposedly the greatest bar in the world, the birthplace of such lady drinks as the Bellini. Unfortunately this is not Venice, this is Singapore airport, and Harry’s Bar here is unlikely to make any Best Bar lists. But who cares, you’re in between two 12 hour flights, it’s 32 degrees and they serve cold beer so you’ll probably enjoy it more than it’s posh Venetian cousin. We drank.
Katie had picked up some trash mags on the plane and there was a cartoon in one that was a bit close to home. The Real Life story on page 44 kind of sums up what type of classy publication we’re dealing with here.
These two are really missing being on tour with those pesky scamps, The Rizzle Kicks. It’s hot as hell so you’ll be seeing a lot more cap action no doubt.
After that, not much exciting happened. We finished our drinks, Stephen got an itchy knee and then we all got back onto a plane and anaesthetised ourselves into another 12 hour slumber.You know what, the flight was pretty easy really, anyone who moans about it being a day from hell, should try spending a night in the cells, I’ve heard from a friend that that really makes you appreciate your own space. 24hours of TV, free drinks and cat naps, it’s hardly torture.
That’s about it, but stay tuned for tomorrow’s exciting episode, when Team Green finally make it to Brisbane and I go to the local modern art museum and remind myself how much I hate children.
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Professor Green will support Jessie J on the following dates in Australia in March.
1st – Riverstage, Brisbane
5th – Challenge Stadium, Perth
7th – Festival Hall, Melbourne
8th – Holdern Pavilion, Sydney
14th – Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Adelaide
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