From EDM to Indie, from Singapore to Pattaya in Thailand, these music festivals around Asia are worth travelling for if you love your live music!
We’re nuts about live music – and it seems the rest of Asia is too. Just check out the amount of music festivals we have in the region, and more beyond Southeast Asia. If you want to kill two birds with one stone, and have a vacation while fitting a music festival into your itinerary, check out these cool options. Dance all night in the mountains or having a wild night on a luxury cruise… time to pack those bags!
We The Fest 2018, Indonesia
One of Jakarta’s most coveted events of the year, this annual summer festival of indie music, arts, fashion, and food runs for three days and has seen the likes of Phoenix, Dua Lipa, Azealia Banks, Kimbra, Rich Chigga and more performing on its main stages. This year’s dates and lineup haven’t been announced yet but we can be sure there’s going to be some big names in there.
We The Fest 2018, 20-22 July, Jakarta, Indonesia
Good Vibes Festival 2018, Malaysia
Held amidst the cooling Genting Highlands in Malaysia, the Good Vibes Festival features the best of Indie Music. Expect to hear music from iconic names such as New Zealand songwriter Lorde, American electronic music duo Odesza and British indie rock band Alt J. For indie and electronic music lovers, it presents a real treat and definitely an event you don’t want to miss out on.
Good Vibes Festival, 21-22 July, Genting Highlands, Malaysia
Fuji Rock Festival 2018, Japan
An annual rock festival held in Naeba Ski Resort, the three-day Fuji Rock music festival features more than 200 Japanese and international musicians, making it the largest (and cleanest) outdoor music event in Japan. While we don’t know what acts 2018 will rope in, some of the huge names that have graced this festival include Björk, Foo Fighters, Patti Smith, Ed Sheeran and more.
Fuji Rock Festival 2018, 27-29 July, Naeba Ski Resort, Niigata Prefecture, Japan
S2O Songkran Music Festival, Japan
Missed out on Songkran in Thailand? Here’s your chance at redemption, this time it’s in Japan. Making its debut in the Land Of The Rising Sun, S2O Songkran Music Festival brings together dance music with a traditional Thai watering festival: this means raving while getting repeatedly doused in water. Expect a host of outstanding DJs and artists who only have one aim: to give you a splashing good time.
S2O Songkran Music Festival, 4-5 Aug, Tokyo, Japan
Summer Sonic 2018, Japan
In an amazing location overlooking Tokyo Bay, this is a huge summer event to check out in Japan. An interesting fact, the festival is held simultaneously in Chiba and Osaka, with acts switching days—so you won’t miss out, whichever you choose. This year’s line-up already includes Chance the Rapper, Beck, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Shawn Mendes, and we’re eagerly waiting for the rest to be announced.
Summer Sonic 2018, 18-19 Aug, Zozo Marine Stadium, 1 Mihama, Mihama Ward, Chiba, Chiba Prefecture 261-0022, Japan
Creamfields is an iconic UK music festival that has made its foray into Taiwan. This year, the music festival will feature some of the all-time greatest EDM/Trance artists such as Martin Garrix, KSHMR, and Carnage. It is almost guaranteed that you will party till your ears ring and your legs feel woozy. But hey, isn’t that the whole point of partying anyway?
Creamfields, 15-16 Sep, Taipei, Taiwan
The Great Indian October Fest, India
While the location might be somewhat unconventional, those who are willing to make the trip will be duly rewarded with an unforgettable experience. Imagine 72 hours of relentless music, fun, and most importantly… booze. Leading the pack for music is world renowned American rock band Hoobastank, while international DJs will also be on the turntables to ensure you never stop grooving. Spanning 19 acres of land, this is one party you don’t want to be watching from home.
The Great Indian October Fest, 18-20 October, Marathalli, India
Clockenflap 2018, Hong Kong
It’s been running for over 10 years, and the region’s premier music and arts festival is here to stay. With artists like Massive Attack, New Order, Sigur Ros, Foals and more on its glowing list of alumni, the scenic and enriching festival is a must-see for those who love their culture.
Clockenflap 2018, 9-11 November, Central Harbourfront, Hong Kong
It’s The Ship 2018, sails off from Singapore)
Dubbed Asia’s largest festival at sea, the four-day, three-night shebang is really a massive booze cruise for EDM-heads out there. You’ll spend most of your time on an impressive cruise ship, checking out the electronic dance acts at a different areas and then you dock at a tropical island somewhere and continue the party on the beach, before you sail back home… and to reality. EDM giants like Andrew Rayel, Yellow Claw, Knife Party and more have boarded this ship before – let’s see where 2018 takes us!
It’s The Ship 2018, 4-7 November, Singapore-Phuket-Singapore
Big Mountain Music Festival (BMMF), Thailand
The BMMF has been living up to its name, with its rapidly increasing attendance every year. A stark contrast to many other big festivals, the BMMF is renowned for maintaining its strong sense of Thai influence. Expect to hear the unique Thai Luk-Thung country music and the Moh-Lam folk songs. While there have been more international artists in recent years, the BMMF takes pride in giving Thai local artists a chance to showcase their talents. For the culturally curious and those craving to party amongst the mountains, don’t miss out on the BMMF.
BMMF, December (exact dates TBA), Pak Chong District, Thailand
ZoukOut 2018, Singapore
One of the most anticipated dance parties in the world, there really is no party like a ZoukOut party. Held on a the pretty Siloso beach in Sentosa, ZoukOut is one to go if you like the idea of dancing from dusk to dawn to your favourite bangers by EDM greats. It doesn’t matter that the lineup and dates haven’t been announced yet, there’s going to be a lot of people who make it a point to go to ZoukOut every year.
ZoukOut 2018, TBA
Wonderfruit Festival 2018, Thailand
Dubbed the ‘Burning Man of Asia’ and held in The Fields at Siam Country Club in Pattaya, Wonderfruit Festival is Thailand’s pioneering, fully sustainable, cross-cultural, live celebration of art, music and ideas. On top of being one of the music festivals to check out in Asia out there, it’s also one you should experience at least once in your life. Party like there’s no tomorrow at Wonderfruit Festival, while also learning a thing or two on saving the Earth.
Wonderfruit Festival, 13-16 Dec, The Fields at Siam Country Club, Pattaya, Thailand
This music festival (pictured top) will allow you to say that you partied till next year. This year, the third edition of this 11-day outlet for escapism will be held from 28th December 2018 through to 8th January 2019. Those willing to venture to Phu Quoc island will be rewarded with pristine beaches, stunning art, gorgeous sunsets, and of course, non-stop partying. The lineup may not be out yet, but if the last edition was any indication (Loco Dice, Carl Cox, and Dixon), we’re certain this musical and cinematic experience will be absolutely captivating. Who can forget that crazy moment at Epizode 2 when Ricardo Villalobos played a set to a crowd of maniacs wearing masks of his face?
Epizode, 28th Dec 2018 – 08th Jan 2019, Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam
The festivals we already ticked off our list:
Laneway Festival Singapore 2018, Singapore
Singapore’s premiere indie music festival, Laneway, is definitely a big highlight for musicheads early in the year. 2018’s edition is looking real good with acts like iconic shoegaze group Slowdive, British hip-hop star Loyle Carner, groove maestro Anderson .Paak, a bunch of talented Southeast Asian artists and more!
Laneway Festival Singapore 2018, 27 Jan, The Meadow, Gardens by The Bay
Sonar Hong Kong 2018, Hong Kong
Linking music, creativity and technology, Sónar, which was founded in Barcelona has a well-earned reputation for uniting electronic music lovers and creative people from different disciplines and communities, offering a unique platform for cultural collaboration. Though the lineup is not yet announced, tickets are selling out fast!
Sonar Hong Kong 2018, 17 Mar, Hong Kong Science Park, 2 Science Park W Ave, Sha Tin, Hong Kong
Singapore International Jazz Festival 2018, Singapore
The Singapore International Jazz Festival (SingJazz) is a huge event that brings together many local and international artists in one massive festival. For lovers of all things jazz, blues, soul, bluegrass and swing, you will certainly be entertained with a jam packed line-up of some fantastic musicians and singers. In the previous years, SingJazz has hosted such artists as David Foster, Basement Jaxx, Corinne Bailey Rae, Incognito and Nik West, to name but a few – 2018’s lineup is not out yet but doesn’t mean you should stop checking!
Singapore International Jazz Festival 2018, 6-8 April, various locations
Great Wall Festival 2018, China
Set against the brilliant backdrop of the Great Wall of China, this festival presents a once in a lifetime chance at partying on an awe-inspiring feat of ancient architecture. The line-up features internationally acclaimed artists such as Dixon and Chris Liebing. Soak in the vast atmosphere and enjoy the techno beats and EDM drops reverberating off the walls. The best part? You can bounce and jump all you want, those walls are meant to withstand invasions.
Great Wall Festival, 19-20 May, Huairou, China
Ultra Music Festival 2018, Singapore
Zoukout’s cousin, Ultra, offers the same intensity of partying and features a stellar line-up of international and regional artists. For all the party animals out there, it’s the ideal opportunity to unleash your inner maniacal side. The night promises excessively loud music, ear deafening beat drops, and definitely plenty of fun (and sweat). Don’t miss out on this chance for non-stop raving.
Ultra Music Festival, 15-16 June, 1 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore
Credits: The Honeycombers Singapore