Further Future Creates A Whole New Festival Experience

March 3rd, 2016


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From April 29th through May 1st, Robot Heart’s second annual Further Future takes electronic music fans “beyond Vegas” to the Moapa River Indian Reservation in Moapa, NV. The weekend celebrates music, spirituality, art, and the human connection, taking the festival experience to a whole new level: the weekend’s activities include a Further Future Vision speaker series, high-end dining, a luxury spa, yoga, meditations, and technology demos.
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It would be easy to call Further Future a music festival, but that would be dismissing the whole experience — it is more of a weekend getaway than anything. However, Further Future boasts a stellar lineup within its programming which cannot be overlooked. The lineup is an all-star collection of top-notch house music experts, including &ME, Nicolas Jaar, Lee Burridge, and Four Tet. Further Future also has its eye out on upcoming stars, like The Pharcyde, Tropic of Cancer, Still Corners, and Pattern Drama. Throughout this, guest speakers in the scene, as well as in the fields of technology, spirituality, and wellness, are available for engagements; while this year’s speakers have yet to be announced, the initial Further Future involved speakers from SoundCloud, Google[x], Evernote, Artsy, Otherlab, and the Johnson Space Center.
On top of hosting a breadth of different speakers, Further Future also has a variety of experiences to offer for passholders. First, though, one must fill out a brief questionnaire to ensure they are the right fit for this exclusive experience.

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Once passing the questionnaire section, guests may choose to stay at a hotel or camp on site, with an assortment of luxury camping options. For those looking for a basic camping experience, self-camping passes are available for $95, providing campers up to 15’ by 15’ of space along with free shower and bathroom access. For $850, Alpha Class camping takes this up a notch, offering a 9’ by 9’ Fest Pod furnished with two air mattresses and souvenir sleeping bags. Horizon Class campers pay $1650 for an air-conditioned bell-shaped tent that includes an option of one queen bed or two single beds, chairs, a table, and a light. Further Future doesn’t stop at regular camping, though — they offer high end boutique camping options in a secure, separated VIP area, with its own private bathrooms, showers, and 24-hour concierge service. These high-end options include Voyager Class, a $5000 experience that offers a 28’ Airstream trailer with three different sleeping options that sleeps up to four adults, and Lunar Palace, a $7500, 200 square foot, 9’ high, air conditioned, custom-made luxury dome, furnished with real beds that can sleep up to four people. The Lunar Palace is a walking hotel, including nightstands, power outlets, a lockbox for valuables, a clothing rack and a full-length mirror.

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As is a growing trend among larger festivals, Further Future is cashless. All purchases must be made via a wristband RFID system, which can be loaded with funds before and during the festival. This is important to keep track of, as one standout amenity Further Future offers is its option for reserved catered dining. That’s right — on top of fast-service food vendors at Further Future’s vendor village, the festival offers sit-down pop-up dinners and brunches served by world-renowned chefs on a reservation basis. To cap off the culinary experience, the grounds offer sake tastings, mixologists, premium cocktails, and more.

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As the festival is being held on the Moapa River reservation, Further Future is very connected to the Moapa Band of Paiute Indians, and ask that while guests enjoy themselves, they keep the rich history and culture of the Paiute people in mind. Guests should be mindful to treat the land with care, disposing of waste properly, not disturbing what is in place on the land, and thanking the Paiute people for the use of the land. Additionally, while Further Future has no dress code, nudity is strictly prohibited on the Moapa reservation, and the festival asks that Native American-inspired headdresses and costumes be left at home out of respect for the Paiute people — rather, Further Future has a Pinterest board filled with futuristic and respectful outfit ideas for guests to utilize.

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There’s no doubt about it: Further Future is an experience designed (quite literally) for a select few. The exclusive feel — and price — of the weekend sets it apart from more accessible music festivals, and that may be their intention. After all, music is only a very small fraction of what Further Future is offering. Its luxury options set it apart from other festivals, but at a cost that is high both financially and socially. While these unique offerings may be a compelling selling point, Further Future’s highbrow nature is not for everyone, a point the festival’s organizers make explicitly clear.


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Andy Stott
Benjamin Alexander
Birds Of Passage
Crazy P
Derrick Carter
Dj Tennis
Donato Dozzy
Easy Star All Stars
Fort Romeau
Four Tet
Frank & Tony
Greg Wilson
H Foundation
Idjut Boys
Inland Knights
Jam City
Jane Fitz
John Dill
John Wander
Kid Koala

Kimball Collins
Lee Burridge
Low Leaf
Lusine w/ Trent Moorman
Matt Tolfrey
Nicolas Jaar
Oneohtrix Point Never
Pattern Drama
Pedro Aguiar
Raeo rampue
Rival Consoles
Still Corners
Telefon Tel Aviv
Terry Francis
The Pharcyde
Tim Love Lee
Tropic of Cancer
Voices from the Lake
Zach Walker & Derek Hena




With a love of dance music stemming from countless years of dance lessons and bass-thumping car rides with her music-obsessed father, Sarah Ribeiro is a Hartford-raised music addict who moved to Boston in the pursuit of a supportive and open nightlife scene. A passion for learning and a willingness to grow has pulled her out of her trancehead sphere and exposed her to a crazy variety of music and introduced her to some of the most amazing people (and events) Boston has to offer. A writer and social mediac, her main interests are music, literature, technology, art, and her first love: the city of Boston.

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