Music festivals are popping up everywhere around the world, we’ve literally never had so many to choose from! Particularly in Asia where the music festival industry is still relatively new, so many new festivals have arisen over the last few years. We’ve been extremely spoiled for choice with local and international music festival brands setting up in all parts of South East Asia. They may be new contenders on the global music scene but these festivals should not be underestimated and are definitely worth flying across the globe for!
Quest Festival, Vietnam
This music festival is a hidden gem set beside a gorgeous lake in Ba Vi National Park, about 45 minutes out of Hanoi in Vietnam. Quest Festival’s reputation has been growing steadily for the last few years, what used to be a small gathering for a few dozen friends is now a 6000 person music festival complete with 5 stages and a party boat. This festival boasts an extremely versatile lineup that highlights regional talent, you can expect both live music and DJ acts. You can also expect a broad range of activities to keep you busy which includes sunset yoga, meditation, music workshops and more. It’s an opportunity to meet new people from all over the world, to discover new music and dive deep into Vietnamese nature. Not to be missed!
23 - 25 November 2018
Wonderfruit Festival, Thailand
This festival has been going strong for 4 years now and has grown into a 10,000 person event! Set over 4 days in The Fields at Siam Country Club just a mere two hours from Bangkok, this festival attracts a mixed crowd of local Thai and expats from nearby towns as well as an increasing international crowd. Wonderfruit features an exciting lineup of international and local music acts, art installations, talks and workshops, and even banquets hosted by some of the world’s best chefs. Wonderfruit dedicates itself to celebrating art, music, food and culture all in one weekend. It’s a truly extraordinary festival!
13 - 16 December 2018
We The Fest, Indonesia
This festival is organised by a leading team of event organisers who are also behind other very successful and renowned festivals in Indonesia, namely Djarkarta Warehouse Project. We The Fest is a three day music, fashion and food extravaganza. The lineup usually features some of the world’s best music acts, recent lineups have included Dua Lipa, Odesza, Lorde, The Neighbourhood, Big Sean and many more… There’s never a dull moment at this festival, you’ll be sure to be kept moving the entire time and leave with a mind full of memories!
20 - 22 July 2018
Ultra Bali, Indonesia
This one goes to the diehard EDM fans. Ultra Bali takes after all the other Ultra festivals taking place around the globe but with the added benefit that its set on one of the world’s most beautiful islands. Expect a stellar lineup of EDM acts, impeccable events management as well as one of the most gorgeous venues a festival could ever be held at: Potato Head Beach Club. Picture yourself partying day and night then being able to rest on gorgeous white sandy beaches and relaxing that hangover away. Or you could also just keep the party going as Bali is a notorious nightlife spot in Asia…Tempted yet?
TBC September 2018
It’s The Ship, Singapore
It’s The Ship is one of Asia’s largest music festivals and it’s set on a massive luxury cruise ship. The ship sets off from Singapore, makes its way to Langkawi before heading back to Singapore. Each year the festival hosts over 30 international headliners, focusing mainly on subgenres of electronic music. Complete with themed pop-up parties, extracurricular activities like yoga and beer pong, and world-class facilities on board, it’s sure to be a cruise to remember!
4 - 7 November 2018
Hopefully, these festivals will inspire you to get packing and set off to seek new adventures in Asia! If you’re in need of help to plan your festival adventures then head over to my blog, The Nitty Gritty, to find more information and updated festival travel guides on all these festivals and more!
About the author: Charlotte travels the world and writes festival travel guides that provide you with all the information and advice you need so you don't ever have to worry about the planning phases of your festival adventures and can solely focus on having fun!