FOMO FESTIVAL 2017: One Stage, No Clashes, Party Together
By Luke Byatt
FOMO was back in full force in 2017, returning to its origins at Brisbane’s Riverstage, and arriving at Adelaide’s iconic Adelaide Gaol, and Sydney’s The Crescent, in Parramatta. If you missed out on FOMO this year, don’t stress, I have you covered! Here are my personal highlights of FOMO Brisbane 2017, with photos supplied by Best Before Co’s Lachlan Tompsett who attended, FOMO Sydney.
Kicking off the day was Lastlings, and what a stunning set from the brother-sister duo! For Lastlings live performance, the duo was joined by a drummer giving the set a wholesome, warm feeling. The beautiful voice of Amy, combined with the production of her brother, Josh was mesmerising. Their classics such as; Time, You, Chills, as well as, unreleased tunes all pumped up the crowd! A perfect opening act for FOMO Brisbane.
Maribelle was up next; she did not disappoint! Joined by her DJ, the pair spat out absolute fire for the entirety of their set. I was relatively unaware of Maribelle’s music until I saw her live at FOMO; she has some absolute bangers that’ll definitely be added to my music playlists!
Following Maribelle, was probably one of my favourite set of the day, Brisbane local Feki. I’ve been following Feki’s progress as a musician for some time now; it was breath-taking to finally see him live! Inviting on special guests such as Gill Bates, and Dom Vino added another great element to an already outstanding set.
I had a chat to a punter after Feki’s set; here’s what he had to say, “I went to school with Feki, he was a great guy then, and he’s a great guy now. I’m so happy to see that his music is going well! I loved every part of his set.”
I was also lucky enough to have a chat to Feki after his set, here’s our little chat, transcribed from an audio recording:
Feki: Yo, what’s up?
Futuremag Music: I’m good man, you just finished your first ever set at FOMO, how was it?
Feki: It was crazy, I loved it. I kinda missed out on last year, I missed out on Jamie XX, but I was really glad to be part of it this year. It was a great crowd; early on too!
Futuremag Music: What was the process of moving from a bedroom producer, to playing on the main stage at a superb festival?
Feki: Um haha… I’m not really sure what the process was… Wow, that’s actually a really good question! Just how it comes, I didn’t really think about it too much, otherwise it dawns on you, and makes you feel really nervous. I just take it as it comes, and I just try my best; hopefully it works out!
Futuremag Music: It definitely has, I love your music. It’s been wonderful to finally see you live! In all of your songs you have that iconic “yeahhhhh” sound effect, what was the process of making that sample?
Feki: I always wanted a tag in my music, but I didn’t want to say ‘Feki Beats,’ or that sort of thing. I recorded my little cousin when she was a baby, and chopped her voice up; that was the sound bite that stood out to me the most! I just started to use it in everything, I use it in everything I make; it kinda stuck around, and I plan to use it in the future in regards to everything I produce!
Futuremag Music: That’s neat! You played Brisbane today, and off to Sydney tomorrow, how do you expect the crowd to be down there?
Feki: Today was great, I loved it the vibes we fantastic! I’m keen for Sydney; I know it’s early, but it’s going to be a great vibe straight up! From the get go, I’m glad people are here to enjoy it!
Futuremag Music: I’m sure they’ll love you. What’s your plan for the rest of 2017?
Feki: So basically, more music for sure, I’m going to release three or four originals, there is an EP, and ahh yeah. There are a lot more songs coming out this year that’s for sure! I hope you all enjoy them, when they’re released.
Futuremag Music: I know for one I’m keen! Thanks for the chat mate.
Feki: Cheers man, have a good one.
My inner fan boy revealed itself, when Goldlink took the stage! The rapper was joined by Metro Boomin, laying down beats on the decks. Goldlink, rapped his originals such as Palm Trees, When I Die, and Rough Soul, in addition to covering various other rappers one of which being Kaytranada, and his tunes Glowed Up, and Drive Me Crazy. Goldlink covered it all, I was grooving nonstop!
Late last year, Josh Young announced that he was leaving Flosstradamus to pursue his own project entitled J2K. FOMO 2017 was Josh’s final tour with band mate Curt Cameruci, who will continue producing under Floss. Josh’s goodbye wasn’t all that sombre, rather it was celebration of his time with Flosstradamus. The Riverstage exploded with excitement, as Floss, and the HDY Nations closed out the festival.
A lovely drizzle of cool rain set in as the festival came to a close. Returning to my hotel, I still buzzed from such an awesome day.
BRING ON FOMO 2018!
A special thanks to BBE, OCD, Positive Feedback, Architects of Entertainment, the emergency services, security, volunteers, vendors, and everyone involved in the organising, and running of the day! A massive shout out to the musicians; Lastlings, Maribelle, Feki, George Maple, Hannah Wants, Desiigner, Sumberjack, Goldlink, Metro Boomin, JME, Peking Duk, Empire of the Sun, Flosstradamus, and their management teams.