This past weekend Robot Heart, legendary for their music camp at Burning Man, held their second edition of Further Future. The festival took place over three days in the stunning Moapa River Reservation, just an hour outside Las Vegas. The desert landscape was reminiscent of their original home at Burning Man, an event whose name was heard over and over throughout the crowd – mainly because almost every attendee was a Burner themselves. The crowd’s experience there prepared them for anything to happen this weekend, which made all the weather related hiccups go by smoothly, ruining no one’s time. Despite two huge storms rolling in to the desert and delaying many performances, the organizers handled the rescheduling as best as they could and kept the party going.
Party seems to be a better word to describe further future rather than festival for many reasons. First off, the lineup was filled with legendary DJs and producers from all across the world, all just as happy to be a part of further future as everyone watching; but the lineup wasn’t overcrowded. Each set had time to build, breathe, and give the crowd the chance to catch much more acts than they would at different festivals that stack the lineup across five stages, constantly conflicting acts with one another.
Some may like festivals that always have something going on at every stage all the time, but after attending my fair share and stressing about missing someone I love, making intricate spreadsheets, studying maps of the festivals, and constantly having to check the time, I was incredibly relieved to just be there, hear over two hours of every set I wanted, and calmly stroll somewhere else. Further future deserves insurmountable respect for being able to pull off a spaced off schedule like this. It only worked because the range and quality of their bookings was so superb that everyone was able to show up, trust the organizers, and take part of the incredible party. I spoke to numerous people who never even looked at a schedule and had the time of their lives, something you can’t say for many other festivals.
For the first time in a while, I can say that the crowd contributed just as much to my experience as the music. Normally festivals are filled with great people who are passionate about the music, but also a bunch of people who are just there to get fucked up and take pictures. Further future was filled with a rich, interesting crowd of the former – all there for their complete respect and love for the music and values Robot Heart stood for. Every where I turned there was a more interesting, beautiful, eccentric, and friendly person than the next. Although I came with friends, my favorite times of the weekend were when I went off on my own and hung out on the many fantastic structures to climb and chill on towards the back of each stage, meeting some of the most amazing people from across the country and world. Each person had their own journey and story that brought them there, and was happy to share and welcome everyone in. Many people came alone to the festival, and it was the absolute perfect place to do so.
Further future was not only amazing for the music and crowd, but also for all the unique experiences they brought along with it. I saw numerous talks across the weekend from amazing speakers like Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google, and Jeffrey Mishlove, the only man in the world to have a Doctoral Degree in Parapsychology. The talks dealt with health, technology, music and lifestyle, adding a unique dimension to the festival. These enriching speakers gave all the attendees a larger takeaway from the weekend than just great music.
The food and drink options at the site were also fantastic. Most of the vendors were very reasonably priced, ranging from amazing $4 tacos, to a four course gourmet sit down dinner I attended, consisting of foie gras, hen, and others for $40 all the way to more extravagant options, ranging upwards of $100 per meal – providing something for everyone.
Staff and security were all fantastic as well, reaching out to help wherever possible, either by driving people and their bags to camping spots, bringing water to those who needed, keeping us safe from the weather, or just bringing great energy to the whole experience. While there were definitely a few bumps across the weekend, it was only the festival’s second year, and I have complete faith as they grow, small issues will be resolved. However, if further future starts at this level, I can only imagine how incredible it will continue to grow across the years.
Stay tuned for a more in depth article on the music, and our recap video to follow!