When it comes to multi-genre music festivals you don’t want to miss out on FOMO which hits across cities in Australia and New Zealand, it is often at the top end of any music-loving event go-ers and it’s built a name welcoming premier acts such as Post Malone, RL Grime, Nicki Minaj to music audiences before anyone else. This past Sunday it concluded its fourth edition in Melbourne boasting an all-star lineup.
From dance legends such as Madeon, Jax Jones, and Whipped Cream to live acts such as Lizzo, GIGGS, Brockhampton and Kaytranada, the lineup brought out a vast range of sounds. The unique one-stage set up results in a diverse crowd and with it FOMO promises to be “clash free”. For music lovers who appreciate a wide range of sounds such a set up is a great way to enjoy a festival experience without having to jump from stage to stage throughout the day, it also introduces people to acts that they may not have come to see. Undoubtedly not every act was able to satisfy everyone as some people only wanted to see their favourites and used the sets to enjoy a drink and have a break. However, without question, if you like a mix of urban, pop and dance music – FOMO is for you.
FOMO’s stage design was rather simple as compared to some of the other multi-festival stages however was paired with massive screens on either side to give everyone a clear view. The stripped-back stage wasn’t necessarily a negative, as it meant each act was able to bring their own elements to the spotlight and have a custom set up.
While FOMO is a day time festival for the most part, some of it’s key dance acts like Madeon’s are heavily connected with incredible visuals and would have been more optimally experienced in a dark environment. Although FOMO is not at fault, being able to experience the festival and all it entails during the night would have made it an even more incredible experience.
Some of our highlights include Madeon dropping his highly acclaimed ‘Good Faith’ set, with all its visuals and special edits included. BROCKHAMPTON also performed their hits – with the majority of the crowd in synch singing word for word. Jax Jones and his hilarity ensured for an entertaining set filled with energetic dance snacks. 2019’s breakthrough artist MEDUZA saw notable crowd reactions especially when dropping their worldwide hits ‘Lose Control’ and ‘Piece Of Your Heart’. KAYTRANADA was awesome, and for some, this was a perfect wind-down, for others his chill house style may have been better placed during the day, out in the sun – building up to more energetic acts.
The negatives mentioned above are largely nitpicks. The festival was a great day out with some amazing music – what more could you want from a festival? We’ll be looking out for when FOMO lands again in 2021.