FOMO 2020

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Back for a fifth year, FOMO 2020 made its annual ANZ homecoming in January with a series of sold-out shows across Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane and Auckland. Alongside a crowd of more than 11,000, Hold Your Horses descended upon Melbourne Showgrounds in what promised to be FOMO’s biggest and best show yet.

The line-up catered for all ages and musical inclinations, featuring some of the biggest names in hip-hop, grime, electronic, pop and rap.

Kaytranada was the name on everyone(over the age of 25)’s lips as the day unfolded, with his long-awaited album, Bubba, having only dropped a few weeks prior to the show. With four years since his last album, fans were more than a little excited at the prospect of being some of the first in the world to experience his new material live.

…Safe to say, he did not disappoint.

He oscillated between old and new hits, remixes, collabs and classics, cramming a hell of a lot into a 60 minute set, yet still barely scratching the surface with a repertoire as broad as his. New tracks ‘10%’, ‘Do it’ and ‘Need it’ struck a chord with the crowd, while classics such as ‘you’re the one’ had fans eating out of the palm of his hand. The genre-blending, hybrid hit-making extraordinaire truly stole the show, not that we expected anything less. My only critique? Give the man longer than an hour.

If you’re yet to give the new album a listen, do yourself a favour and make it the next thing you do.

 

Texan rap collective, Brockhampton, commanded attention as they entered the stage en masse donning fluro overalls. It was hard to tell how many of the 14-piece super-group were actually on-hand, as they spent the entire 60 minutes leaping around the stage in an energetic and fun performance which showcased tracks from all five of their albums.

French DJ, record producer, singer, songwriter and musician, Madeon kept the crowds grooving in-between Brockhampton and pop sensation, Lizzo.

The Michigan-born star, famed for hit ‘good as hell’, had crowds singing along to all her hits, in a tour which marks her first Australian appearance. She formed an instant connection with the audience, preaching messages of body positivity and self-love, an admirable use of her platform with a younger fanbase.

UK Grime artist and all round cool cat, Giggs, injected an edge to the day that only a boy from Peckham could. His rendition of ‘Talking the hardest’ was iconic, and by the end of his set even those unfamiliar with his music were joining in with his signature sound (you know the one I’m talking about…).

Keeping the tempo high, Jax Jones and Meduza infused the day with the upbeat happy house we’ve come to know and love from them. Meduza’s infectious hit ‘Down’ had the crowd taking heed as festival-goers danced their way through the set.

But don’t take my word for it, check out the FOMO 2020 official after-video and subscribe to the Festival socials to receive the latest updates for FOMO 2021 (make sure you don’t miss out next year!).