The summer months in Asia are the perfect time to get your party on, as there are tons of fabulous festivals taking place all across the region. We’ve rounded up some of the biggest and best music events with headliners from around the world in all types of genres. For those who are looking to groove out and get down to some serious beats and bands, these are the best music festivals going on around Asia.
We’re more than just a little stoked that ULTRA Singapore is gracing our shores once again for another amazing production with DJs from around the world and stages set up with out-of-this-world sound systems and visuals. On the roster this year are names that need no introduction like Steve Aoki, Dash Berlin and Nicky Romero. Be sure to check out Tiesto and Hardwell on the main stage, Pendulum on the live stage, and Steve Angello, who will be bringing the whole festival to a close. If there’s only one festival you can hit up this year, ULTRA is definitely it.
When: June 10 – June 11
Where: ULTRA Park, 1 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore
The first Asian edition of ULTRA took place in South Korea in 2012, and the party has been going strong every summer since in South Korea’s capital of Seoul. The festival will be taking place the same days as ULTRA Singapore this year, so the lineups are pretty similar with world class artists like Dash Berlin, Dubfire, Nic Fanciulli and Nicky Romero playing on alternate days in either Singapore or Seoul. There will also be acts exclusive to the Seoul edition like Alesso, Raiden and Justin Oh.
When: June 10 – June 11
Where: Olympic Stadium, Seoul, South Korea
Baybeats is and always has been all about showcasing up-and-coming musical talent in a vibrant setting that is accessible to all. This three-day concert includes a great mix of some of Singapore’s newest rockers, as well as renowned local musicians and international acts performing everything from folk to pop, metal, punk and electro. Best of all, the festival is completely free. They also have workshops available for budding music photographers, videographers and writers.
When: June 24 – June 26
Where: Esplanade — Theatres on the Bay, Singapore
Fuji Rock Festival
First held at the base of Mount Fuji in 1997, the Fuji Rock Festival was Japan’s first outdoor rock festival, and today it is the biggest outdoor music event in the country with over 200 performers from Japan and abroad, three official campsites, more than 30 food stalls, and seven stages set amid the forests and streams of Naeba Ski Resort. This year’s lineup is pretty amazing with rockers and crooners like Queens of the Stone Age, Lorde, Björk, Aphex Twin, Radwimps and Thundercat to name just a few.
When: July 28 – July 30
Where: Naeba Ski Resort, Niigata Prefecture, Japan
Rainforest Music Festival
Immerse yourself in nature and groove out to spirited performances by indigenous musicians from nearly every continent at the Rainforest Music Festival, a unique annual event that takes place at the foot of Mount Santubong just outside of Kuching, Borneo. We recommend booking tickets and making hotel reservations far in advance because roughly 200,000 people attend every year, and rooms can be almost impossible to find in the days leading up to, during and even after the festival.
When: July 14 – July 16
Where: Sarawak Cultural Village, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia
Held over one weekend in two of Japan’s biggest cities, Summer Sonic is a massive music festival featuring rockers of all genres including indie rock, punk, EDM and hip hop. Catch big names on the international scene like the Black Eyed Peas, Foo Fighters, Phoenix, Calvin Harris and Sum 41, as well as local talents like Silent Siren, miwa, Hyukoh and Bradio. Be sure to check the schedules carefully for each city, because the musicians will only be playing one day at each.
When: August 19 – August 20
Where: Tokyo & Osaka, Japan