Festival X is bringing some of the biggest names in dance & hip-hop to the best open-air venue in Aotearoa.
Calvin Harris is aScottish DJ, producer, and singer-songwriter. The hit-making banger machine and king of collaborations has worked with the likes of Ariana Grande, Travis Scott, Rag’n’Bone Man, Frank Ocean, Sam Smith, Katy Perry, and Dua Lipa, taking over charts around the world and raking in a slew of awards and accolades along the way. This November, Australian fans will get to see him behind the decks for the first time since he played Stereosonic back in 2014.
19-year-old genre-warping musician Juice WRLD established himself as a Chicago-area native who shunned major streaming services and built a massive following on Soundcloud. Within weeks of debuting a video for smash hit “All Girls Are The Same” in February – Juice landed a record deal with Interscope Records.
Soon after the signing, Juice WRLD released single “Lucid Dreams,” and “All Girls Are The Same,” both climbing to #1 and #2 on the Soundcloud top 50. Another triumph for Juice WRLD, Goodbye & Good Riddance quickly shot to the #6 spot on Apple Music’s worldwide Top Albums chart.
His project Goodbye & Good Riddance has spent 20 weeks on the Billboard 200 chart and peaked at #4. He sold out his debut headlining North American tour and has toured extensively throughout Europe.
He’s received critical acclaim from the New York Times (“the most instinctual melodist of the SoundCloud generation”,) Chicago Tribune (“Juice Wrld has captured the minds of [a] generation”,) USA Today, Billboard, Complex, FADER and more.
With a hypnotic flow and mischievous flair, rapper Lil Pump scored a 2017 viral smash hit with the single “Gucci Gang” from his self-titled debut. Chart success and a platinum certification followed, as he went on to collaborate with the likes of Diplo and Kanye West before the arrival of 2019’s Harverd Dropout. Born Gazzy Garcia in Miami, Florida in 2000, he had little interest in making music growing up. He took to writing raps and making his own tracks after he was expelled from school in the ninth grade for fighting with another student. Already friends with Smokepurpp at this time, he began collaborating with the rapper/producer and releasing tracks online starting in 2016, the songs marked by a repetitive, reckless style. The response was overwhelming, with tracks collecting millions of plays in a relatively short time frame. Lil Pump’s celebrity grew with each song, as singles like “Broke My Wrist,” “D Rose,” and “Elementary” expanded his catalog and fame. Videos, touring, and an enormously popular social media presence all followed, based on the strength of just a few online tracks. Various labels expressed interest, but within the first year of his life as a rapper, he hadn’t even released a mixtape, let alone a proper full-length.
Under the stage name Tchami, Parisian DJ Martin Bresso produces what he refers to as “future house,” a blend of smooth, uplifting deep house with flashier EDM tendencies. Originally known for remixes and sample-based tracks, Tchami has achieved chart success with singles that feature guest vocals by Kaleem Taylor and Stacy Barthe and have rather melancholic lyrical themes. Tchami co-produced three tracks on Lady Gaga’s 2013 album, ARTPOP, and began producing remixes and original tracks that year, releasing the tracks “Promesses” and “Shot Caller” as a free digital single. Both tracks were later re-released as stand-alone singles and became successful, with “Promesses” hitting the Top Ten of the U.K. singles chart. “Untrue” also appeared in 2014, and “After Life” and “Missing You” followed in 2015. After taking several months off, Tchami returned in 2016 with the singles “SIAW” and “Prophecy,” with Malaa. He also joined Malaa, DJ Snake, and Mercer on their collective Pardon My French tour. The following year he delivered the Revelations EP, which included collaborations with Luke James and Taiki Nulight. In 2018, he issued a pair of EPs, No Redemption and Aurra/Shades.
Anna Lunoe (born 26 May ) is an Australian DJ, vocalist, songwriter and producer now living in Los Angeles, California. Lunoe has performed at music festivals including Coachella, Lollapalooza, Ultra, TomorrowWorld & HARD Summer. She now hosts a weekly show on Apple Music’s Beats1 Radio. Anna Lunoe was born in Sydney, Australia. Originally of Danish and Lebanese descent, Lunoe grew up songwriting on her acoustic guitar.