Calvin Harris, Megan Thee Stallion headline Festival X 2022
25.05.2022

Calvin Harris, Megan Thee Stallion headline Festival X 2022

Words by Staff Writer

Australia’s mammoth festival, Festival X, returns in 2022 to kick off the summer season.

Following an epic debut in 2019, Festival X will return to kick off summer 2022, this time expanding its reach to five cities across five dates in November and December. It will be the first summer festival to land on the Australian calendar and will mark a welcome return to large-scale festivals following the hiatus due to the COVID19 pandemic.

The party returns to Melbourne and Sydney but this year will move from Brisbane to Gold Coast as well as adding two new locations to the tour – Perth’s sprawling Burswood Park, on the bank of the Swan River and the beautiful Bonython Park, situated between Port Road and the River Torrens in Adelaide.

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Festival X lineup

Festival X will once again represent some of the best in hip hop and EDM across multiple, hand-crafted stages hosting global superstars alongside local talent. It’s big, and it’s back, with a killer lineup that lives up to its ‘biggest festival in Australia’ moniker.

Festival favourite and multiple Grammy, Billboard, and Brit Award winner, Calvin Harris features in his second appearance at Festival X; hot off the heels of his fifth studio album announcement out later this year, with a slew of hits and a brand-new show. Multiple Grammy award winner and hip hop superstar Megan Thee Stallion is headed down under for her first-ever performances and ‘hot girl summer’ in Australia. Chicago-based, Trap-N-B star Don Toliver is also headed to our shores for the first time, following multiple successful releases through Travis Scott’s iconic Cactus Jack records.

Trance aficionado and local hero MaRLo will also top off a bill, after record-selling 25k+ strong crowds (and live streaming to millions more) at Altitude Sydney and Melbourne this summer gone – the biggest production ever for him.

Global icons will take to the stages to bring the party atmosphere and showcase the hottest in new and classic electronic dance music in a lineup finely crafted with a curated selection of festival faves and first-time innovators.

 

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Festival X 2022 dates and locations

Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne
Saturday November 26

Alabaster Sports Fields, Gold Coast
Sunday November 27

Bonython Park, Adelaide
Friday December 2

Sydney Showground, Sydney
Saturday December 3

Burswood Park, Perth
Sunday December 4

Check out Melbourne’s most comprehensive gig guide here. 

Festival X cancelled for second-straight year

Tech-house trailblazer and in-demand DJ of the moment, Green Velvet returns to Australia, alongside Nina Kraviz with her signature 4/4 techno! Electro-rave mainstay Boys Noize is also set to let loose following his year-defining album, +/- in 2021. Progressive superstar Nora En Pure from Switzerland returns for her first performance in Australia since elevating her reputation through a series of highly successful Covid global streams. UK sensations Solardo return for the party, along with the new wave sound of fellow sensation Prospa.

Over to the groove connoisseurs – new US sensation John Summit joins us as well as Franky Rizardo – who will deliver fresh and funky, filtered house goodness, together with french bass/house Tchami, the incredible bass sounds of Sub Focus and UK hit machine, Wilkinson. Australian duo Choomba will give it a nudge this year and lay down their eclectic rolling rhythms.

Australia’s very own heavyweights will fly the flag high amidst the internationals, with multi-platinum record holder Luude bringing his eclectic performance to each city, featuring his 200M+ collective hit, Down Under ft. Colin Hay.

Festival X ushered in the Australian summer with a sizzling celebration of hip hop and EDM

Sydney’s Anna Lunoe takes time out from her radio show job at Apple Music to bring her boundary-breaking curation to the stage alongside Australia tech-princess Laura King and party boy Tyson Obrien. Queensland’s progressive rising star Taglo, signed to Armada and Anjunadeep, joins Sydney bad-boys Sunset Bros. Bringing rap vibes is new kid on the block Babyface Mal and festival favourite Badrapper.

Trance icons Cosmic Gate return with Key 4050, John O’Callaghan and Bryan Kearney’s sensational duo act alongside first-time female up and comer Nifra and the angelic, soaring, hit-bound Haliene. Psy-trance fusion Blastoyz rounds out the trance offering set for high-energy protons!

Festival X is here to revive Australia’s electronic festival scene

The first chance to access tickets is in the LatitudePay Presale, starting midday AEST Monday 30 May. This is a buy now, pay later service where you can pay off your tickets in 10 weekly or six monthly instalments, but you have to be careful about the additional fees if you fail to meet your regular payments, so we never exactly recommend these kind of services. Head to the Latitude Pay website here to find out more.

The Live Nation pre-sale begins at midday AEST on Wednesday 1 June. Tickets go on general sale from midday AEST on Thursday 2 June. For complete tour, ticket and VIP information, visit: FestivalX.com.au & livenation.com.au