If there’s anything better than an epic music festival, we don’t know what it is! Think mind-melting beats by world-renowned DJs, rocking rhythms by edgy indie bands, mind-expanding light shows and art installations, and the chance to dance for days with thousands of other like-minded party peeps. Lucky for us Asia has some of the best music festivals on the planet, and this year we plan to hit up as many as we can. If you’re itching to get your groove on under the skies and do some insane partying that goes above and beyond any nightclub experience, then you need to put these awesome Asian music festivals on your bucket list.
Singapore’s grooviest green festival is back for it’s fifth edition this March and we can’t wait to dance on the grass to an exciting array of up-and-coming electro, indie and R&B artists. Start the day with fun garden games, and inspiring talks and workshops centred around eco-friendly and sustainable themes and dance the night away to electrifying tunes. Score your early-bird priced tickets now!
Early bird: $108 through 5 Dec 2018
Lazy bird: $118 through 23 Jan 2019
Regular: $128 through 8 March 2019
Bundle of 5: $490 ($99 per person) 25 Oct through 8 Mar 2019
VIP: $198, 25 Oct through 8 Mar 2019
When: 9 March 2019
Where: Fort Canning Green, Fort Canning Park, Singapore
More than just a music festival, Sónar aims to bring together all sorts of creative types for a celebration of electronic music, technology, and innovative ideas. The festival got its start in Barcelona in 1994, and will be throwing down its third edition in Hong Kong this April. Head down to the Hong Kong Science Park to catch an eclectic lineup of DJs and live acts, as well as fun and inspiring workshops and talks where you can get inspired by forward-thinking movers and shakers.
When: 13 April 2019
Where: Hong Kong Science Park, Hong Kong
A massive music festival on one of the world’s most famous monuments? Um, yes please. The Great Wall Festival is a relative newbie to the region, but already picking up steam for its amazing location on the Great Wall of China and cool music lineups. The 2018 lineup included artists like Nina Kraviz, Dixon, And Carl Craig, so you can expect more of the same caliber for the 2019 edition.
When: 18 May – 19 May 2019
Where: Huaibei, China
ULTRA Music Festival is one of the biggest EDM music festival networks on the planet with worldwide tours that stop in cities on nearly every continent. In Asia you can follow the festival trail from Beijing to Taiwan, Japan, Hong Kong, the Philippines, and of course right here in Singapore. If you’ve never been to an ULTRA festival before, you’re in for a treat. Expect some of the hottest, most sought-after DJs, insane audio-visual displays, and tons of peeps to party your butt off with. You can read all about last year’s epic ULTRA Singapore experience here. Photo courtesy of Ultra Singapore
When: Various dates around Asia
Where: Various locations around Asia
Ultra Singapore: 8 – 9 June 2019
What better way to celebrate summer than rocking out at Japan’s biggest outdoor music festival? Held at the Naeba Ski Resort, Japan Fuji Rock brings together hot and happening Japanese artists as well as international superstars. The lineup for 2019 has yet to be announced, but last year they brought in big names like Kendrick Lamar, Bob Dylan, and Skrillex, so you can bet this year will be just as enticing. (Photo courtesy of Fuji Rock Festival)
When: 26 July – 28 July 2019
Where: Naeba Ski Resort, Yuzawa-cho, Niigata prefecture, Japan
Celebrate summer time vibes at We the Fest, an annual happening in Jakarta that highlights music, arts, fashion, and food. Groove out to some of the regions hottests artists who represent a mish-mash of genres including rock, pop, indie, hip hop, and EDM. You can also feast your eyes on cool contemporary artworks, catch some indie flicks, stuff your face with awesome Indonesian and Western food, and even nail some tricks in the skatepark.
Where: Jiexpo Kemayoran, Jakarta, Indonesia
What started as a small electronic music add-on to another festival in Seoul has now become South Korea’s biggest annual EDM event. Usually held over two days in May, the festival attracts thousands of party peeps from around the world who come to see world-class legends hit the decks. Past artists have included Donald Glaude, Rabbit in the Moon, Adam F, and Superheadz.
Where: Jamsil, Seoul, South Korea
It’s all about creativity, community, and cool tunes at Clockenflap, a contemporary arts and music festival held at the harbourfront in Hong Kong. Every year they round up a stellar selection of artists from countries around the world, and this year will be no exception. Musicians who set to light up the stage in 2018 included Wolf Alice, The Vaccines, Roni Size, and Khalid. Stay tuned for the 2019 lineup!
When: 22 November – 24 November 2019
Where: Central Harbourfront, Hong Kong
Last year marked the 10th anniversary of the Djakarta Warehouse Project, and to celebrate DWP took place at the GWK Cultural Park in Bali with headliners like Afrojack, Alesso, and Armin van Buuren. We can’t wait to see what’s in store for 2019. (Photo courtesy of Rukes.com)
When: Dates TBD
Immerse yourself in sexy beats, surreal art, sustainable architecture, organic food, and much more at Wonderfruit, an eclectic, eco-friendly music festival held at The Fields at Siam Country Club. Expect all sorts of immersive experiences for all ages including 3D sound and light shows, culinary creations by award-winning chefs, insightful talks with leading luminaries, and of course a stellar lineup of artists. (Photo courtesy of Wonderfruit)
When: 12 December – 15 December 2019
Where: The Fields at Siam Country Club, Chon Buri, Thailand
If you can’t get enough of big bass and broken beats, then Epizode should be at the top of your list. Set on a beautiful white sand beach on Phu Quoc Island in Vietnam, this party goes on for 11 days straight with a mashup of drum n’ bass, hip hop, and breakbeats by renowned DJs. (Photo courtesy of Epizode)
When: Dates TBD
Where: Long Beach, Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam
What better way to end the year on a high note than at one of the biggest EDM festivals in Asia? Sunburn has been around for 11 years and is still going strong thanks to their ever-progressing immersive experiences. Last year the festival had a new home at the Oxford Golf Resorts in Pune, plus a slew of new technologies and themes to create an epic experience unlike any before. Stay tuned for 2019 deets.
Where: Oxford Golf Resorts, Pune, India