Top 10 MUST-ATTEND Music Festivals in Southeast Asia in 2016

Posted at January 29th, 2016 | by Shirin Patil | in

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!

Wonderfruit festival 

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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.

Quest Music Festival

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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.

Neverland Manila

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.

ZoukOut Music Festival

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.

Road to Ultra- Singapore & Bali

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.

It’s the Ship

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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.

Maya Music Festival

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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.

Shipsomnia

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.

Big Mountain Music Festival

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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.

Rainforest World Music Festival

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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.

Shirin Patil

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