The new year has just started. 2016 brings with it loads of surprises for music festival lovers. Southeast Asia is becoming a prime destination for the festival industry – a natural consequence of their global explosion. It offers you not only beautiful landscapes and spectacular locales unique to the region but also established music festivals and other new emerging festivals every year. So here are the top 10 music festivals which you must attend in Southeast Asia. So start booking the tickets!
Time – Mid – December
Place – Siam Country Club, Pattaya, Thailand
Live. Love. Wonder. That’s the motto of this incredible 3-day camping music and arts festival held on the beautiful Pattaya Fields Siam Country Club. This beautiful venue is 15 KM outside the city, and you’ll fall into festival mode. The camping area is decent and well equipped, the stages are amazing, and the line-up brings a little something for everyone. This is one of the best festivals you can attend in south-east Asia.
Time – Early November
Place – Ba Vi National Park, Vietnam
Quest is Hanoi’s weekend music, arts and camping festival. Tucked away in a beautiful national park, this venue provides the perfect atmosphere that a festival needs. Stunning Vietnam landscapes, great live-music and DJ sets, and the opportunity to meet incredible new people from all over the world. Don’t miss out. Quest Music Festival will be an experience you will never forget.
Time – Early October
Place – Manila, Philippines
Known as the “biggest EDM event in The Philippines”, this festival brings some of the biggest names in commercial house music. If you’re looking for a solid party, this one will not disappoint. Upcoming festival dates haven’t been posted yet, but be on the look out because this will be one crazy rave.
Time – Mid-December
Place – Singapore
The people behind one of the biggest and well-known clubs in Asia, “Zouk”, have created it’s own music festival, and it’s been one of the more popular festivals out in South-East Asia. Located in Singapore, you’ll find the tickets, drinks, and accomodations a bit more expensive, but you can’t complain when they bring A-list talent, incredible stage production, and an overall amazing atmosphere.
Time – 10-11th Sept – Sigalpore, Bali – TBA
Place – TBA
Ultra Music Festival seems like they have one goal in mind — global domination. From Miami, Croatia, Korea, Japan, South Africa — it now looks like they have turned their eyes to South-East Asia, and have added locations in Singapore & Bali. Two cities known for having incredible nightlife. If you find yourself out in either of these cities, definitely try to get to one of the these parties.
Time – TBA
Place – Singapore – Langkawi – Singapore
IT’S THE SHIP is Asia’s Largest Festival on a cruise. Setting sail on the The Royal Caribbean International’s luxurious Mariner of the Seas– will play host to over 30 international and regional headlining acts. Sailing out of Singapore to Langkawi, Malaysia, this is guaranteed to be a voyage unlike any other.
Time – Early March
Place – Bangkok, Thailand
This new one-day music festival brings big name DJ’s to a massive venue in Bangkok. If you’re looking to hear some of the best electronic music while exploring the capitol city, than plan a trip to Thailand in March.
Time – Beginning of January
Place – Singapore – Phuket – Langkawi – Singapore
Unofficially nicknamed, “Tomorrowland At Sea”, Shipsomnia has recieved a lot of positive media attention. With the growth of music festivals at sea, like Holy Ship or It’s The Ship (#6), Shipsomnia looks like it could be the next big thing. Sailing from Singapore – Phuket round-trip, with a quick stop in Langkawi, this looks like a party that can’t be missed. This all-inclusive music festival is guaranteed to be one epic vacation.
Time – Beginning of December
Place – Khao Yai, Thailand
One of the biggest festivals for the Thai music scene, this two day festival is filled with awesome stages, hundreds of live acts, and an incredible atmosphere. Dates for the upcoming festivals haven’t been announced, but they do have other events, so tune into their Facebook for more information.
Time – Mid August
Place – Kuching, Borneo, Malaysia
Just reading the name of the festival, you can get a good understanding of what you are in for during this unique festival. Lots of acoustic instruments with a rainforest themed, this will definitely be unlike any festival you’ve ever attended. Borneo is a beautiful island, and this would be a great way to experience the culture while listening to some great music.
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