Sunburn Goa


Asia's top music festivals

Published April 2nd, 2015

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.


Beijing Midi Festival 2014
Photo: 鍚磋檸

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 2014
Photo:, Ultra Music Festival

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


Tents at Fuji Rock Festival.

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


Above & Beyond at DWP

DWP, Indonesia

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


Photo: ZoukOut

ZoukOut, Singapore

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


Dannic at Sunburn Goa 2014.

Sunburn, India

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


Cassandra Laffey

Consumed with unrequited wanderlust, I get my fix in 24/7 cities and hippie retreats. I'm still looking for the ultimate combo of secluded beach and major metropolis, and my happy place is a 5-star hotel room all to myself - sigh.