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Further Future Festival is this Weekend!

After an award-winning debut, forward-thinking music and lifestyle festival Further Future returns this spring from April 29 to May 1 to the Moapa River Reservation 40 minutes outside Las Vegas. We’re proud to say they have an amazing speaker lineup and food showcase this year too!

Following the success of last year’s Vision Series speakers which featured CEOs from SoundCloud, Zappos and Evernote, Further Future returns again with a coveted list of speakers to discuss the Future of the web, tech, music, health, media, cannabis, farming, luxury and life. Watch the FF001 Speaker video.

Confirmed Vison Series speakers include executive chairman of Google’s parent company Alphabet Inc., Eric Schmidt, chairman/CEO of iHeartMedia and MTV co-founder Bob Pittman, Head of Product for Messaging at Facebook Stan Chudnovsky, research and data scientist Riccardo Sabatini, revered cognitive neuroscientist and UCSF professor Adam Gazzaley, and cannabis industry pioneer Jane West. Also speaking are David Eagleman’s partner, Scott Novich, co-founder/CTO of NeoSensory, travel photographer and founder of THINK Global SchoolJoann McPike, and CEO of Luxe Guide Simon Westcott. Rounding off the Saturday afternoon talks will be a performance by Hauschka on a specially prepared piano.

Vision speaker series aside, Further Future has extended its program with a weekend filled with other panels, demos and talks addressing the core Further Future pillars: Music, Food, Wellness, Community, Technology and Creativity. Highlights include a keynote music talk and panel with CEO & Co-Founder of Gigwell Digital Booking Jeremie Habib, Telling Stories with Light & Sound with CEO/Founder of Moment Factory, Sakchin Bessette, whose company is responsible for experience design for tours by Madonna, Muse, the Super Bowl halftime show and Cirque Du Soleil.

On the tech front, Robin Arnott will showcase the world premiere of SoundSelf using VR to induce altered states.Dave Hanson of Hanson Robotics will demo his creation of most the world’s most realistic robotic human faces and Ben Goertzel of Novamente will present OpenCog, the world’s largest open source artificial intelligence project. Wellness-wise there’s sunset yoga with Ally Bogard, group talk and one-on-one sessions with Max Lugavere discussing hacking brain health for optimal performance, and then there’s Robin Berzin, MD to talk about the confluence of wellness and technology.

For food, attendees will be able to hear talks from the Godfather of flair bartending and BarMagic of Las Vegas founder Tobin Ellis, Intuitive Forager Kerry Clasby, and Echo & Rig Chef Sam Marvin.

Last but not least, Gal Stiglitz will bring his insightful WOW Talks series to FF002, which will focus on the passion and inspiration behind creative pursuits. The talks will feature champion kitesurfer battling cancer Ruben Lenten, Zound Industries and Urban Ears co-founder Oscar Axhede, and Robodock festival founder Maik ter Veer.

This weekend there will also be  a groundbreaking food and beverage lineup that features luminary chefs, renowned mixologists, and culinary experts. The highly-anticipated second voyage continues to distinguish itself as a forward-thinking and pioneering event, bringing visionary leaders in music, tech, wellness, and gastronomy for a lavish camping and guest-centric festival experience.

With some of gastronomy’s biggest names participating and presented by Food and Beverage Director Jolene Mannina of Relish LCC, FF002’s brilliantly curated gourmet offerings range from lobster pho and open-fire grilled meats to unique coffee concoctions, omakase sushi, locally-sourced produce, artisanal gelato, molecular recipes, and numerous vegetarian and vegan options — all set against the Mojave Desert’s stunning backdrop. Guests are also presented with a standout, internationally renowned music lineup that includes Nicolas Jaar, Four Tet, Caribou, Lee Burridge, DJ Tennis, Leftfield, The Pharcyde and 50+ more artists across multiple stages.

The featured chefs include Frank Gorriceta (Nobu), Jason Neroni (The Rose), Arthur Tsui (Three Dice Kitchen),Michael Bryant (The Larchmont) and returning from FF001, Sam Marvin (Echo & Rig), who will host unforgettable pop-up dinners throughout the weekend with dishes like Moroccan spiced lamb shoulder, charred octopus, and king crab amazu ponzu. Seats are limited and must be purchased in advance online. Further Future will also offer a slew of choices to satisfy the festival-goer’s appetite 24 hours a day in the Vendor Village with delectable bites and drinks from SLO-Boy, District One, Makers & Finders Coffee, QFS Tacos, Poutine Your Mouth, Grassroots, Dragon Grille and more.

In addition to world-class cuisine, no Futurist will go thirsty with rare Japanese whiskey tastings from Bar Gyu+, consummate libations from Richie Hawtin’s own ENTER.Sake, Oaxaca-made and Damiana-distilled Mezcal selections from Gem & Bolt and elegantly crafted cocktail offerings from The SPKMN Group. FF002 will also host bartender takeovers from revered Las Vegas establishments Herbs & Rye and Velveteen Rabbit presented byKing Hippo, a 24-hour bar, and craft beers on tap in the Vendor Village. View the full roster of chefs, mixologists and vendors here.

Further Future also offers a diverse range of camping and accommodations to suit the needs of each guest. Choose between self-camping, RV camping, or boutique options. This includes a Fest Pod with reflective shade netting, air conditioned Bell Tents furnished with mattresses, luxurious Airstream trailers, and 200 square foot luxury domes with wooden flooring.

Can’t wait to see you all there!

Check out the Further Future 60-second trailer below!

FF002 Full Lineup Poster FULL SIZEPhoto Source: Cai Griffin