Looking to fill in the second half of 2018? Look no further than this list of arts and music festivals in Asia to quench your adventuring thirst.
Wonderfruit Festival, Thailand
Whether you're choosing to make a life changing pilgrimage, tack it onto the end of a holiday or simply jump in a cab from home to arrive at the gates, all these festivals are all definitely worth it! From rocking out next to Mount Fiji, swaying to chill house in a jungle in Thailand or literally shaking the Great Wall of China, take your pick or, what the hell, just attend them all.
Valley Rock Festival Where: Jisan Resort, South Korea When: July TBC You may be surprised but Korea is not all about K Pop. Strongly connected with Japan's Fuji Rock Festival, Valley Rock puts on diverse line-ups that cater heavily for fans of European and North American music, with a wide range of rock and pop favourites. Exact dates and headliners have yet to be announced, but with headliners in 2017 like Major Lazer, Sigur Rós, Gorillaz and Lorde, we are excited to see what’s to come this July.
We The Fest Where: Jakarta, Indonesia When: 20-22 July Since launching in 2014, We The Fest has evolved into becoming one of Indonesia’s favourite summer pop, rock and indie music festivals. The festival celebrates music, arts, fashion and food in the city's Parkir Timur Senayan spread over three days. Line-ups lean from indie and rock to pop and hip hop, with last year’s headliners being The Kooks, Kodaline and Phoenix.
Good Vibes Festival Where: Kuala Lumpur Gohtong Jaya, Malaysia When:21-22 July As the name suggests, this Malaysian festival is all about the good vibes. Held on the site of a modern resort built in the stunningly scenic hills above Kuala Lumpur, Good Vibes Festival has quickly become one of the biggest anywhere in the region. Big name international stars populate the top end of the line-up, with Malaysian music bands hosting smaller stages to showcase national talent. Headliners this year include Lorde, alt-J, ODESZA and The Neighbourhood.
Where: Naeba Ski Resort, Japan When: 27 - 29 July Fuji Rock doesn't really need to be introduced. Taking the spot as Asia's most well-known festival, with 120,000-strong crowds coming from far and wide every year for the last 20 years, it's something not to miss. While the "rock" festival doesn't include a large number of rock acts this year, it will play host to a huge line-up of top performers including Kendrick Lamar, N.E.R.D, Vampire Weekend, Jack Johnson, CHVRCHES, MGMT and James Bay.
Where: Zozo Marine Stadium & Makuhari Messe, Tokyo; Mizu Sonic Park (Mai Sports Island), Osaka When: 18-19 August With two locations and a line-up that would be a hit anywhere in the world, Japan's Summer Sonic has been a popular and loved festival since 2000. Headliners this year include Beck, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Chance the Rapper and Nine Inch Nails. If dance music is more your thing than don't worry: the separate festival Sonicmania takes place immediately before Summer Sonic, putting on a more electronic themed line-up.
Where: Hong Kong, Cheung Chau When: 27– 28 October What: Looking for a more grassroots festival? Shi Fu Miz is a music and art project created by the Hong Kong based creative agency: FuFu and the music collective La Mamie's from France. It's goal, to offer modern and original cultural activities in Hong Kong. Expect a line-up that mixes funk and electronic artists, workshops, yoga, street art displays and ecology talks. And all of this can be enjoyed during the two-day camping event by a beautiful beach and farm area in the dreamy setting of Cheung Chau, far away from the hustle of the city.
Where: Son Tinh Camp, Dong Mo, Vietnam When: 23-25 November Quest Festival is Vietnam’s premiere camping music festival. Held just a 45 minute drive from Hanoi, Quest brings together local Vietnamese, expats and visitors in a celebration of underground live and electronic music culture. Held in the beautiful surrounds of Son Tinh Camp and recently rated as one of the worlds most scenic music festivals, Quest features hundreds of the best local and internationals artists and flavour makers across 5 beautifully crafted stages, cinema and workshop spaces. Top local and international line-up of acts to be announced soon!
Clockenflap Where: Hong Kong Central Harbourfront When: 9 – 11 November With its impressive backdrop of the Hong Kong skyline and top spread of local and international acts, Clockenflap is not one to be missed. The team behind the much talked about festival believe in pursuing creative passions and celebrating the joy of discovery and community by creating a world class music and arts festival that delivers a depth and diversity of experiences, in a fun and wonderful setting. They've certainly managed to accomplish just that since their humble beginnings not too long ago. With last year’s line-up of Massive Attack, Fiest and The Prodigy we cannot wait to see what this year brings!
Where: The Fields , at Siam Country Club Pattaya, Thailand When: 13-16 December 2018 Wonderfruit Festival is a crowd favourite where you can expect a celebration of art, music, food and ideas, in close proximity to Bangkok. This Thai festival’s mission is to encourage, develop and innovate creative solutions for sustainable living and bring together a global community to celebrate them. With this mission, the Wonderfruit team use their platform to catalyse creativity and make a meaningful positive impact on the world. On arrival you will be pleasantly surprised by the beautiful set-up and stages. Asia’s closest thing to burning man.