If music is your refuge, Asia is your cure as these tropical nations resonate with a phenomenal music scene. Connoisseurs of artful music and dance tingle with excitement at the sight of the mushrooming music festivals in Asia. Be it house music, jazz, electronica or cultural acoustic, we might just have what you need to keep your energy up.
Mystic Valley | November
This brand-new EDM festival transcends other big leagues in the country with grave devise in location, set production and association to various types of music policies. Feel refresh with cool mountain breeze and pool parties while you dance to the likes of EDM, Trap, Techno, House and Indie music against 8 extensive stages to huge musical acts and local DJs.
Venue: Mountain Creek, Nakhon Ratchasima
Past Line-up: Fedde Le Grand, Sven Vath, Bass Jackers & Aeroplane
Past Ticket Price: From THB 2,500
Wonderfruit | December
The best feature of this festival is their sustainable living concept whereby most stages and installations are made of bamboos to instil the awareness of environment responsibility. While good music acts as a main force to gather, other charming points lie in a wellness journey, cultural workshops, art exhibitions and world-class feasting with a view of Pattaya from the peak.
Venue: The Fields, Pattaya
Past Line-Up: Eduardo Castillo, Re:flex, Nicola Cruz & Izzy Bizu
Past Ticket Price: From THB 3,700
Rainforest World Music Festival | 13-15 July 2018
Be amazed by this 3-day music and heritage festival at the foothill of Mount Santubong. The 21st edition of this festival is expected to host musicians and indigenous performing acts across the world. Also, the focus on traditional music and acoustic performances brings a special limelight to the festival that is hosted on site-specific grounds.
Venue: Sarawak Cultural Village, Kuching, Sarawak
Past Line-Up: At Adau (Malaysia), O Tahiti E (Polynesia) & The Chipolatas (Australia)
Past Ticket Price: From RM90
Urbanscapes | TBA
Hailed as the longest running creative arts festival in Malaysia, you can find music rhapsodies and artists of different facilities all in the same pool. The urban vibes lurk with various music concert genres, spoken words, open dialog and art exhibitions in this festival. Well, even the city heat couldn’t stop shoppers to look for something eccentric in the vintage market or some good local streetfood!
Venue: Around the city of KL
Past Line-Up: Clean Bandit, Crystal Castles, Rudimental & Cigarettes After Sex
Past Ticket Price: Varies with different acts
Jakarta International Java Jazz Festival | 2-4 March 2018
Behold, one of the biggest jazz festivals in the world is right here on the Indonesian island. Playing on stage are all forms of musicians and performers with more than 450 global people in numbers putting up 90 different shows. Since this is a posh jazz concert, festival goers will not be staying in onsite lodgings but nearby accommodations in the city instead.
Venue: Jiexpo Kemayoran, Jakarta
Line-Up: Avery Sunshine, Vanessa Williams, Ivan Lins, LAUV & JP Cooper
Ticket Price: From Rp. 630,000
Imagine partying in a club but with confetti flakes, an enormous stage visual and an immense DJ set. Otherwise known as D.W.P, this event is probably Southeast Asia’s largest dance music festival for EDM favourites with more than 90,000 visitors last year. If the music isn’t enough to blow your mind, the stage tech and special effects will do the job.
Venue: Jiexpo Kemayoran, Jakarta
Past Line-Up: Flume, Steve Aoki, Marshmello, R3hab & Desiigner
Past Ticket Price: From Rp. 620,000
Looptopia Music Festival | 6-7 April 2018
Spring break has never been more electrifying in this outdoor EDM paradise that leave partygoers wanting more. Besides having top international acts blasting in the front, there’s camping cabins and barbecue on grounds for full-package pass holders to feast and lose themselves in the scene. You can also see attendees in theme costumes prepared for a weekend in fairyland.
Venue: Pushin Ranch, Taoyuan
Line-Up: DJ Snake, Yellow Claw, Axwell & Ingrosso
Ticket Price: From NT$3400
Fuji Rock Festival | 27-29 July 2018
Modern utopia is the best term to describe Japan’s largest mountainside music festival. Established in 1997, this event also hosts storytelling performances, marathons and film screenings beside the main magnet of global music acts. It gets even better with a “Moulin Rouge” inspired café and Gypsy Avalon for intimate music sessions.
Venue: Naeba Ski Resort, Niigata Prefecture
Past Line-Up: Gorillaz, Lorde, Major Lazer, Björk & Cornelius
Past Ticket Price: From ¥19,000
Incheon Pentaport Rock Festival | August
In Korea, summer is made better with their annual rock festival that features big celebrity names as well as local performers. Although the stage is taken by many genres, popular ones remain to be rock and electronic music. To date, the festival is defined by five elements such as music, environment friendly, passion, DIY and friendship.
Venue: Pentaport Park, Incheon, South Korea
Past Line-Up: Bastille, DNCE, Charli XCX, Dua Lipa
Past Ticket Price: From ₩81,000
Zoukout | TBA
Asia’s leading nightclub hosts the perfect weekend getaway by the beach with large dance music genres to keep the crowd on their feet from dusk to dawn. You can expect a good flow of drinks and immerse in the rhythms of both local and worldwide acts. Plus, it’ll be worthy to lose some night sleep at the sight of the coastal fireworks display.
Venue: Siloso Beach, Sentosa
Past Line-Up: DJ Snake, Claptone, Robin Schulz & Amelie Lens
Past Ticket Price: From $138
St Jerome’s Laneway Festival | 27 January 2018
Indie lovers and hippies make the biggest crowd in this boutique style music festival. From what started as bands in a pub to now Australia’s most-anticipated festival, St. Jerome’s Laneway is the best place to listen to your favourite indie bands live and discover new music. Be sure to make the best out of it as Singapore is Laneway’s only stop in Asia.
Venue: The Meadow, Gardens by the Bay
Line-Up: Slowdive, The War on Drugs, Sylvan Esso & Wolf Alice
Ticket Price: From $125
Clockenflap | 9-11 November 2018
It is the ultimate stage for local musicians to meet international performers in bringing a mixture of locality, originality and also other mainstream music. With live music of multiple genres in the cosmopolitan setting, artists flocked the festival with art installations and film features to share their creativity with the crowd in the festivities.
Venue: Central Harbourfront, Central Hong Kong
Past Line-Up: Massive Attack, Kaiser Chiefs, Feist & Stormzy
Ticket Price: From HK$820
Vh1 Supersonic | 9-11 February 2018
Bringing the heat to India’s music scene is the annual Vh1 Supersonic huge EDM festival that gather attendees from different parts of the country. While you’re drunk in music and glazed from the stage pyrotechnics, the organisers tripled the fun with an adult LED playground, dancers on ground and circus-like performances that transcend you into another world.
Venue: Laxmi Lawns, Pune
Line-Up: Major Lazer, Marshmello, Incubus & Dillon Francis
Ticket Price: From Rs3199
Event To Look Out For
The greatest music festival in the planet is rumoured to be held outside Europe for the first time ever at Thailand in 2019 or 2020 (as reported by Billboard and Asia Live 365). We’re hoping the wonderland festival will come true for us to experience music magic in reality!