Get your passport ready for some serious festival hopping. Here’s six festivals you can’t miss around Asia over the next six months…
Location: Hong Kong
Dates: 9-11 November 2018
Clockenflap is an explosion of creativity in one festival. With around 100 local and international acts playing across six stages, this year’s eclectic festival lineup includes names like British indie legend Jarvis Cocker, American ambient pop group Cigarettes After Sex as well as indie folk artist Wu Tiao Ren (China), soul/jazz/hip-hop/rnb inspired Suchmos (Japan) and many more, with a final addition recently added, neo-soul Queen Erykah Badu, who is to close the event.
With over thirty immersive experiences on offer, including larger than life art installations, gong meditation, street theatre performances, family friendly events, and even free touch-ups from professional hair and make up artists, this event is sure to be a special experience.
Djkarta Warehouse Project
Location: Bali, Indonesia
Dates: 7-9 December 2018
Djakarta Warehouse Project is celebrating its 10th Anniversary Edition this year with yet another year of huge performances. The festival began in 2008 as a one day club event, expanding into a two-day festival in 2014 before becoming the biggest two day music festival in Asia with 90,000 attendees in 2016. This year’s event will span over three days with The Weeknd, Afrojack, Alesso and Armin Van Buuren being just a few of the names on the lineup. The website teases there will be more than just the music with ‘good food and drinks, amazing fashion, and numerous engaging activities inside the festival.
Location: Pune, India
Dates: 29-31 December 2018
If you’re looking to kick off the new year by ticking off your travel and festival goals in one hit, then head to Sunburn Festival! Now in it’s 12th year, the largest festival in India promises three days of world class electronic music, food and fun. This years line up is still to be announced but if past years are anything to go by, expect an array of big names across a variety of electronic genres such as Afrojack, DJ Snake, Axwell & Ingrosso and Kygo.
Also look out for the NH7 Weekender Festival around India a little earlier in the month!
Location: Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam
Dates: 28 December 2018 – 11 January 2019
Epizode is all about music and contemporary art. Seasoned event organisers from Russia, Europe and Asia have joined forces to create the international electronic music festival, their goal being to create something completely new for the region. Now in it’s third year, the 2018 edition of Epizode will be held over a whopping eleven days and nights! Over eight-dozen new and established music acts such as Utrecht-based trio Black Sun Empire, Swiss-Vietnamese electronic act Hibiya Line and Chinese-Canadian Shanghai-based underground producer Miiia, as well as media artists will perform across three stages. For music lovers looking to meet locals, random travellers and residents of neighbouring countries whilst being surrounded by a lush tropical environment, this festival ticks all the boxes.
Kolour in the Park
Dates: 2-3 March 2019
A celebration of art and sound, Kolour in The Park began in 2011 as a small party with 200 friends. As it continues to grow, that community feel is what makes this event special. With last years event featuring an international line up of electronic and live sets, as well as fun events such as free paddleboard lessons by Rip Curl and an umbrella art station, 2019 Kolour loving attendees can look forward to more fantastic music and events, with a new live stage, stage design and art direction.
Dates: 4-7 April 2019
Taiwans longest-running Indie Music festival returns in 2019 for another year of performances by local and international DJ’s, bands and musicians, as well as all kinds of art performances, from street performance, circus, spoken word and comedy. The festival began in 1995 and has grown exponentially since then, yet, still retains it’s indie roots with stages holding bands of all sizes and sounds, all there to share their personal expression and artistry. Interestingly, since 2011, the format hasn’t included a main stage, with past events holding multiple stages of the same size. Past years have included huge line ups, including Taiwanese indie-rockers 88 Balaz, Japanese progressive-pop band Daimon Orchestra and Folk/Post Rock/ Psychedelic outfit Islanders to name just a few of many!