Calvin Harris, Armin van Buuren, Lil Pump top inaugural FestivalX lineup

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Calvin Harris, Armin van Buuren, Lil Pump top inaugural FestivalX lineupArmin Van Buuren Press Shot Bart Heemskerk

The co-creators of Stereosonic, Hardware and Onelove have partnered with Live Nation to host Australia’s first-ever FestivalX, a touring festival led by Calvin Harris, Armin van Buuren, and Lil Pump. The inaugural installment of the new event will canvass Brisbane, Sydney, and Melbourne on November 29, 30, and December 1, respectively. The initial wave of artists features 28 producers, including Anna Lunoe, Cosmic Gate, Alison Wonderland, CamelPhat, Tchami, MK, MaRLo, and more. FestivalX offers attendees a hearty selection of electronic talent, and also caters to those with hip-hop proclivities in its inclusion of rhymers like Trippie Redd, Blueface, and Murda Beatz.

FestivalX organizers had originally intended to launch the event in 2018 to replace Stereosonic. FestivalX was then scheduled to travel to four different cities spanning Australia and New Zealand. The stops were ultimately cancelled due to “unforeseen last-minute changes in artist availability,” according to a joint statement issued at the time.

“As they say, good things come to those who wait,” Richie McNeill, founder of Hardware, said. “Something very special is happening here and we’re super excited about it!”

Frank Cotela, the founder of Onelove echoed McNeill’s sentiment and expounded on the aim of FestivalX, “We hope to create an event that showcases entertainment on the scale we’re known internationally for, with massive artists, epic event production, and a focus firmly on fun.”

Tickets to FestivalX will go on sale on August 1. The OptusPerks pre-sale will begin on July 29. Those interested in attending FestivalX can learn more about the pre-sale, here. The Hardware Presents, One Love, and Live Nation pre-sale will commence one day later on July 31. For more information, visit FestivalX’s official website.

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Pioneer to exit the DJ business? Reports say hardware giant’s egress is imminent

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Pioneer to exit the DJ business? Reports say hardware giant’s egress is imminentSkrille Do Lab

Esteemed audio hardware manufacturer, Pioneer DJ is allegedly eyeing an exit from the DJ business, according to several Japanese financial websites. Japanese news source Nikkei Business reports that Pioneer DJ is currently negotiating with investment firm KKR & Co., the entity that purchased 85.05 percent of Pioneer’s DJ subsidiary in 2015. The sale netted the equipment company $550 million dollars at the time.

Pioneer DJ’s talks with KKR & Co. now concern the company’s strategy to clear out its stock, according to Nikkei Business. The bidding process for the company has already begun, and is expected to conclude with the choice of a buyer either later this summer or fall. The purchase price is expected to yield over $500 million.

Although Pioneer DJ’s parent company posted consecutive fiscal losses in 2016 and 2017, Pioneer DJ continued to record sales that surpassed the $200 million mark in 2018. Pioneer DJ’s control rests between 60 and 70 percent of “the global share in DJ mixers, turntables, and other products,” according to fellow Japanese news source, Nikkei Asian Review.

The commercial success of Pioneer DJ and its array of products stood in contrast to the financial strain that Pioneer experienced in recent years. Hong Kong buyout firm, Baring Private Equity Asia, notably bailed out Pioneer for $930 million. Pioneer shareholders agreed to the Baring Private Equity Asia assisted bailout in January.

H/T: Nikkei Asian Review

Native Instruments soups up flagship S4 Kontroller, Traktor DJ software

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Native Instruments soups up flagship S4 Kontroller, Traktor DJ softwareNew Native Instruments Trakor Kontrol S4

Both DJ hobbyists and serious controllerists have a ton to look forward to in Native Instruments‘ revamped hardware and software offerings, including a tasty new S4 controller and Traktor Pro 3 DJ software. After almost four years, the beloved DJ ecosystem was beginning to lag a bit as competitors added hefty features — but NI is out to remedy that. The updates to the company’s flagship pro controller and software are just a handful of an entirely revamped product lineup. New goodies on the production side include new versions of favorites like their Komplete virtual synth bundle, and Maschine sampler hardware. NI CEO Daniel Haver put the changes in perspective, saying:

“This announcement marks a new chapter in NI history. For music-makers of all styles and abilities, there’s now an ideal entry point to the NI ecosystem—from inspirational starter kits that guide first experiences to pro-grade products that enable our users to push the boundaries of music production and performance.”

The impressive new S4 alone is must-see tech for DJs. The biggest news? The S4’s new jogwheels are motorized and equipped with new Traktor tech they’re calling “haptic drive.” The jogs promise tactile weighted feel for improved scratching and beat matching, as well as lightning-quick access to song search, cue point setting, and more. The S4 is set to ship in November at $899, while Traktor Pro 3 drops this October. If two decks and ultra-portable fun is enough, NI’s updated S2 entry level rig can be had for $299.

Live Nation, Hardware, and Onelove replace Stereosonic with new multi-city event, FestivalX

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The innovators behind the Stereosonic brand, Hardware and Onelove will co-debut traveling festival in partnership with Live Nation, FestivalX. The newcomer to the festival circuit, Festival X will make stops at four cities across Australia and New Zealand, beginning on November 29 in Auckland. FestivalX will then work its way through Brisbane on November 30, Sydney on December 1, and Melbourne on December 2.

“FestivalX is going to showcase the best local and international talent while bringing fans a new festival experience. It’s going to be huge, and it’s going to be the pre-summer party fans have been waiting for,” said Live Nation Australasia CEO, Roger Field.

Hardware chief Richie McNeill added that FestivalX will provide a “value for money musical experience” as the initiative assumes the place of the previously five-city spanning inactive Stereosonic festival, established in Melbourne in 2007. “We’ve been working on this [FestivalX] for awhile now and the time is right,” McNeill said of Hardware, Onelove, and Live Nation’s joint efforts to bring about FestivalX, an event that will decorate its ensuing lineups with a diverse assortment of hip-hop, pop, electronica, and EDM acts.

FestivalX’s location within each respective city to which the event will travel, ticket pricing, and headlining artists will be announced in the months to come.

H/T: Billboard

10 Black Friday steals for the budget raver

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10 Black Friday steals for the budget raver

2017 seems to have flown by in an instant. The holidays are officially underway, and festive vibes are unavoidable as the year comes to a close. Just in time for Black Friday, we here at Dancing Astronaut thought it appropriate to compile a little list of key items offered at enticing prices.

Deals across the dance music spectrum are covered — from festival gear, to hardware.


Moog Minitaur Analog Bass Synthesizer

Moog is a favorite among those with a penchant for fusing a more live touch into their production. The prolific brand’s synthesizers are known for their quality and endurance, earning them respect from artists across genre lines. Its Minitaur represents a more affordable version of their more hardcore gear, and a great introductory tool into the synth world. Luckily, Sweetwater has Moog fans covered this year, with $100 savings on the Minitaur.

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Ableton Live 9 Suite

Ableton is considered a world-class production software brand — its products are ubiquitous on the market today. However, quality comes at a price. The time is now to invest, with the Live 9 Suite being sold at a 20% discount with crediting options plus a free upgrade to Suite 10 when it comes out here.





JBL LSR305 is ideal for those just getting into production. For their price, these studio monitors offer a flat response and a decent range. While they already come at a budget-friendly price of $129 each, they’ve been brought down to $99 each for this Black Friday deal.





Marshall Kilburn Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Black Friday is offering plenty of strong deals for the average music consumer as well. This sleek Marshall bluetooth speaker is being offered at a 50% through Amazon. Use it for a small soirée, or take it out to the beach or other travel destinations.

Purchase here




Sennheiser HD280PRO Headphones

Headphone deals are always something to look forward to in the holiday season. Those looking to upgrade their listening experience can find reductions on top brands. These Sennheiser HD280PROs have underwent a price drop to $80 for the season; a discount, indeed.

Purchase here



Bose SoundTrue Ultra Earbuds

Bose is also offering up their wares at a significant discount. For the earbud wearers, their SoundTrue line is being offered at a $50 discount. This pair of earbuds is durable and balanced, providing an immersive auditory treat.

Purchase here 



Eargasm High Fidelity Earplugs


There comes a time in every veteran raver’s life where they simply cannot take the quality of the music with foam ear protection any longer. That’s where high-fidelity ear plugs come in; a step up, these offer a far broader range of sound and work to only cancel out the most dangerous noises while keeping the good sounds in. Invest in a pair of Eargasms for $30 in preparation for the New Year.

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Rave Clothing – iHeart Raves

Popular rave clothing brand iHeart Raves is slashing prices across their inventory in honor of Black Friday. For the creatively-inclined who enjoy expressing themselves in wild outfits, their website holds a treasure trove of gear for women and men.




CamelBak 2017 HydroBak Hydration Pack

Hydration is essential at any music event, whether hot or cold. This is where a nicely-priced Camelbak can come in handy. The brand prides itself on its well-made backpacks and water pouches, becoming a sought-after item for festivals and hikes alike. Currently, Amazon has a variety on sale with discounts exceeding 20%, like this brand new 2017 model.

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Field & Stream Wilderness Lodge 3 Person Tent

Finally, this Black Friday list would not be complete without a tent. Given the rise of camping festivals, a solid tent that will last through a good deal of festivals for years on end is certainly a good investment. This deluxe 3-person tent is being discounted at 41%.

Purchase here