Road to Ultra Australia, arguably the largest venture Lucky Ent had taken on happened on the 27th of February and we here at Lucky cannot get over it! The event came together perfectly and from a fans point of view it was pure bliss. Road to Ultra Australia would be up there with one of the biggest events to come across Sidney Myer Music Bowl, let alone Melbourne in the past couple years. With a sold out crowd of close to 20,000 people and pre-sale tickets selling out in 10 minutes, there are very positive signs of a bright future for Ultra in Australia.
Starting out the event was Japanese sensation Moe, warming up the crowd. Playing all your favourite dance music tunes. Brisbane duo Mashd N Kutcher then followed her, playing all their originals and bootlegs that have been heard by millions on social media. For a brief moment, Tigerlily was on stage together with them for the crowds excitement. Once Mashd N Kutcher left the stage, they partied on for the rest of the festival in the VIP section with fans. Tigerlily played her singles ‘Ashes’ and ‘Spice Temple’ which the crowd really vibed.
Timmy Trumpet took the the stage with a moon boot, showing nothing was going to stop him from playing Road to Ultra Australia. He played some massive tracks including his collaborations with artists such as Hardwell, Vini Vici, Blasterjaxx and many more. The crowd definitely were exhilarated for this set.
Next up on the mainstage was Melbourne’s own; Will Sparks. After arriving back in Melbourne that morning and coming straight from the airport. Nothing was stopping him from putting on an unforgettable performance for Melbourne. Will Sparks even brought out Luciana to play many of their collaborations. One of the highlights of his set was the release of 50 Will Sparks balloons into the crowd which made his fans go crazy.
A legend in the trance scene, Andrew Rayel played some absolute massive releases that got the crowd going mental. In his one hour set he made sure to play many exclusive unreleased tracks from him and his own label.
American artist KSHMR, known for his unique sounds and releases took the stage for his first ever performance in Australia. It was worth the wait, KSHMR thoroughly enjoyed his set and then stayed behind for Carange’s to support a fellow friend and DJ.
After mingling with fellow DJ’s Will Sparks, Timmy Trumpet and KSHMR. Carnage took to the stage and for the next hour he did not disappoint. Playing all his finest releases, including ‘TOCA’ where fellow collaborators KSHMR and Timmy Trumpet joined him on stage for the first ever time they’ve played it out together. Carnage didn’t just come and play his set. He was here supporting all his friends, chilling backstage with all the DJ’s and even come on stage for a period of Axwell’s set.
Dutch DJ Afrojack, the massive guy who hadn’t been back to Australia for a few years took the stage and did not not let up all set. He played all massive big room dutch tracks as well as his newer releases. Together with MC Ambush, he played a very memorable set for Melbourne.
Axwell definitely closed the first iteration of Ultra Australia in style, playing Swedish House Mafia classics as well as brand new Axwell /\ Ingrosso music. As a dance music fan, there was everything you want in his set. Even some unreleased IDs were played in his performance, giving fans a sneak peek of future music. With fireworks, pyro and fire, the set was most definitely the highlight of the day.
In early 2019, Ultra is back in Melbourne as well as Sydney but this time it’s the full version of Ultra. With more DJ’s, stages, festival-goers, it’s going to be an unreal event and we cannot wait!
Written by Oli Tryon
Images from the day available here: https://www.facebook.com/pg/ultraaustralia/photos/?tab=album&album_id=879840355521848