Asia's top music festivals
Get ready to rawk! Eat, sleep, rave, repeat! Hip hop - you don’t stop! Whatever tunes you’re into, there’s a massive music event in Asia with your fave international acts and world-class DJs making an appearance. Just imagine dancing with 50,000 people on a beach in Goa or rocking out at a Japanese ski resort with 100, 000 up-for-it festival goers. Yep, the world’s most populous continent sure knows how to throw a party, so here’s some of Asia’s top music festivals to attend.
Midi Festival, China
The lowdown: China’s biggest alternative outdoor music festival is named after the country’s first modern music school, Beijing Midi School of Music, which opened in 1993. The inaugural event was held in 2000 with festivals now in Suzhou, Taihu, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Beijing. Beijing Midi Festival brings over 100,000 revellers and more than 60 acts from around the world. In 2015, the Beijing Midi Festival will be held in the city of Suzhou, west of Shanghai.
Headliners: Killlswitch Engage, Dreamshade, Noctifera, Tiny Fingers
Where? Midi Camp, Suzhou, Qidu County
When? May 1 to 3, 2015
Together Festival, Thailand
The lowdown: One of Thailand’s largest electronic dance music festivals, in recent years headliners like Snoop Dogg, Justice and Afrojack have got crowds of up to 10,000 pumped and on the dancefloor at Together Festival. As well as notable headliners, Together also champions local talent with Thai hip hop and Bangkok-based DJs also taking centre stage.
Headliners: Hardwell, Steve Aoki, Dyro, W&W
Where? Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Centre (BITEC), Bang Na District, Bangkok
When? May 8 to 9, 2015
Ultra Korea, South Korea
The lowdown: Expanding its reach across the globe, the Miami-based Ultra Music Festival heads back to South Korea with the third instalment of Ultra Korea. Last year, over 100,000 Ultra fans a.k.a. Ultranauts were treated to the global brand’s signature style of top-tier production, premier sound and light shows plus the world’s best EDM talent.
Headliners: Alesso, David Guetta, Hardwell, Knife Party
Where? Seoul Olympic Stadium, Songpa-gu, Seoul
When? June 12 to 13, 2015
Fuji Rock Festival, Japan
The lowdown: The granddaddy of Asian music festivals, Fuji Rock has been enticing international artists to play alongside local talent near Mount Fuji since 1997. Back then, 30,000 festival goers watched the likes of the Foo Fighters and Red Hot Chili Peppers. Last year, almost 110,000 (including 17,000 campers) attended the three-day festival that featured 15 different music stages and spaces.
Headliners: Foo Fighters, The Vaccines, Muse, Happy Mondays
Where? Naeba Ski Resort, Yuzawa-cho, Niigata Prefecture
When? July 24 to 26, 2015
Rainforest World Music Festival, Malaysia
The lowdown: Held at a living museum at the base of a mountain and framed by lush wetlands, Sarawak in Malaysia is the ideal location for the award-winning Rainforest World Music Festival that brings together global music, cultures and traditions. The three-day event in the middle of the Borneo jungle is considered to be one of the top 25 best international festivals.
Headliners: Driss El Maloumi, Korrontzi, Ndima, Shooglenifty
Where? Sarawak Cultural Village, Sarawak, Borneo
When? August 7 to 9, 2015
The lowdown: Short for Djakarta Warehouse Project, DWP is the biggest dance music festival in Indonesia, featuring a mix of international and local artists and DJs across a range of EDM genres. From its inception in 2012, DWP has jumped from a one-day event with a crowd of 30,000 to 70,000 last year at the now two-day event in Jakarta.
Headliners: T.B.C. (Last year saw the likes of Above & Beyond, Steve Angello and Nervo play).
Where? Eco Park Ancol, Jakarta
When? December 11 to 12, 2015
The lowdown: Established in 2000, ZoukOut is billed as the world’s only sunrise beach festival and takes place on Sentosa Island – Singapore’s playground. The award-winning outdoor EDM festival has evolved from a crowd of 9,000 to over 40,000 clubbers, attracting people from Australia, Southeast Asia, Europe and the US to the two-day event.
Headliners: T.B.C. (In 2014, headliners included Skrillex, Richie Hawtin and Nicky Romero).
Where? Siloso Beach, Sentosa Island
When? December 11 to 12, 2015
The lowdown: Now in its ninth year, Sunburn is India’s premier music festival, blending the hippie history of Goa with the hedonism of an awesome EDM event on the beach, complete with bungy jumping, ziplining and zorbing. With a tagline of ‘Live, Love, Dance’, over 50,000 locals and backpackers let loose at Sunburn last year.
Headliners: T.B.C. (Last year’s drawcards included Axwell Ʌ Ingrosso, Sasha and Dannic).
Where? Vagator Beach, Goa
When? December 27, 2015
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