Festival X, the biggest music festival of the summer definitely brought the X factor to Sydney. Over 50,000 people made their way to Sydney Showgrounds to party with the stacked lineup for the day which included Armin van Buuren, Calvin Harris and Lil Pump.
The atmosphere was electric with the bass and music pumping across all five stages. With plenty of food trucks in sight and the drinks flowing, we knew we were in for a good time. The indoor warehouse stages, Flux and Oxygen were adorned with art installations. The giant inflatable astronaut and neon angel wings were popular for photo ops too.
As we raged the night away, Steve Aoki packed the stadium (Pixel stage) for his set. Everyone was in the Pursuit of Happiness and danced along to his lively beats. He got the crowd going with the iconic festival ‘8 steps left to the left and 8 steps to the right’ dance. It was Steve’s birthday that day and he celebrated by throwing birthday cakes into the crowd which was absolutely crazy!
Calvin Harris put on an incredible show at the main Pixel stage by the time the sun went down. Calvin who last toured Australia for Stereosonic in 2014 was on top form. The crowd was singing and dancing along to every hit, from This Is What You Came For to Bounce. He was well and truly the highlight of the entire day and we would go back in time to relive his set if we could.
Armin van Buuren closed the festival in spectacular fashion, bringing his trademark uplifting trance feel to the main stage. His stage presence was unmatched and it was clear that he was enjoying his set as much as the crowd was, which added to the atmosphere. He had it all – from the pyro, to the streamers and the lasers. Blah Blah Blah had everyone jumping around and the fireworks went off to the last song of his set, Don’t Let Me Go.
At the same time, Alison Wonderland closed the Flux Stage in style. She took her performance to another level for her hometown show in Sydney. Her energy was contagious and everyone loved her bangers including Time, Church and Good Enough.
Murda Beatz also brought the heat earlier on at Flux. His special guests included Tkay Maizda, What So Not and Western Sydney rap group OneFour who had their national tour cancelled due to police pressure. The crowd went wild when OneFour came on stage to perform a couple of their songs. Of course, Murda played all of the hip hop and rap hits of all the big names like Nicki Minaj, Drake and Travis Scott.
Back at the Pixel stage, Lil Pump, Trippie Redd and American DJ MK (Marc Kinchen) all performed earlier in the day while the sun was out. Trippie Redd brought the energy to his performance but he rapped the second half of his songs acapella which took away from the hype and killed the vibe. Lil Pump delivered an insane set and had the mosh pits opening up. Crowd favourites Gucci Gang and I Love It featuring Kanye were the highlights. DJ MK had the confetti flowing and crowd dancing to his boppy feel-good songs 17 and There For You.
Acts like Sunset Bros and Cosmic Gate had the Oxygen stage overflowing beyond capacity, which was popular amongst the trance lovers. Vini Vici and MaRLo also made appearances at this stage.
As a replacement for Stereosonic, Festival X was able to bridge the gap between the EDM and hip hop scenes to provide a seamless experience. We’ll be coming back for more in 2020 and can’t wait to see what Hardware, Onelove and Live Nation bring to the table next year.