Sure, America and Europe may have several awesome music festivals like Coachella, Rock in Rio, Summerfest, Mawazine, Exit and Sziget – but Asia also has some impressive annual music festivals of our own.
And when it comes to all-night-long hard- partying, we certainly won’t lose to that too!
In every country in Asia, there is always at least one massive musical gathering for the year, and it doesn’t matter if you’re a fan of jazz, rock, hip hop or R&B, because if you are a true music lover and an enthusiastic party-goer, you will definitely enjoy all sorts of good music festivals.
Here, we list down the top 5 upcoming music festivals in Asia that you can look forward to this year!
1. Fuji Rock Festival (24 – 26 July)
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The highly anticipated Fuji Rock Festival goes on par with many other European festivals and is annually held at Naeba Ski Resort, in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. Organised by Smash Japan, the festival is the largest outdoor music event in Japan as it usually features more than 200 Japanese and international musicians. Aside from the music performances, the festival also will first start-off with an opening party which is free entry, featuring bon-odori, prize draws, food stalls and a fireworks display.
Some of the international acts that will be performing at the festival include Johnny Marr, Happy Mondays, Jenny Lewis, Of Monsters and Men, Galactic, The Bohicas, Catfish and the Bottlemen, The Districts, Twenty one pilots and others.
2. Ansan Rock Valley Festival (24 – 26 July)
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Like Fuji Rock Fest, this festival now takes place annually at a fix venue which is Ansan Daebu Sea Breeze Theme Park. Previously it was known as the Jisan Valley Rock Festival because it was annually held at the Jisan Forest Ski Resort in Icheon until 2013 when it moves to Ansan Daebu Sea Breeze Theme Park. It is the biggest rock festival in Korea with a line-up of big-name musicians from the country itself as well as those from abroad.
Some of the international headliners include Foo Fighters, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, deadmau5, Rudimental, OK GO, ONE OK ROCK, Motorhead and many more.
3. Rainforest World Music Festival (7 – 9 August)
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Taking place at Sarawak Cultural Village, the three-day long festival will let you experience diverse musical cultures, styles and performances from all around the globe with renowned musicians from all continents gathering together on this beautiful island of Borneo. The festival is voted as one of the top 23 music festivals in the world and with its wide range of performances, it will surely entertain music lovers of all ages!
Some of the performers include Alaverdi (Georgia), Culture Shot (Penang, Malaysia), Driss El Maloumi (Morocco), Enkh Jargal Dandarvaanchig (Mongolia), Kapela Maliszów (Poland), Kobagi Kecak (Indonesia), Korrontzi (Spain), Le Blanc Bros Cajun Band (Australia), Sangpuy (Taiwan), Shooglenifty (Scotland) and more.
4. Ultra Music Festival Asia (September)
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There are several Road to ULTRA in Asia and some of them have already passed. But that’s okay, because some of the good ones will be coming very soon. The upcoming ones is the latest addition to the Ultra Asian family which is Ultra Singapore, set to take place at Marina Bay Sands on 19 September for a single-day party. In the meantime, Ultra Japan also held on the same day as Ultra Singapore, only that it runs for three whole days, which is 19 to 21 September at Tokyo Odaiba Ultra Park. Lastly is Ultra Bali which is also considered as one of the latest additions to the Ultra family. Taking place from 24 to 25 September, Ultra Bali will be held at Potato Head Beach Club.
The first phase line-up for Ultra Japan include David Guetta, Skrillex, Nicky Romero and Armin Van Buuren, while the line-up for Ultra Singapore and Ultra Bali are yet to be announced.
5. Djakarta (11 – 12 December)
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Djakarta or Djakarta Warehouse Project (DWP) is Indonesia’s annual EDM festival organised by Ismaya Live which is the biggest music festival in Indonesia and is considered one of the largest in Asia. The festival features some of the best International acts as well as Indonesia’s best musical talents with different music genres, ranging from: electronic, house, progressive, techno, trance, drum and bass, to dubstep. The festival will take place at Jakarta International Expo and it is definitely a dance festival that you don’t want to miss.
The first phase of the line-up include Axwell ^ Ingrosso, DJ Snake, Major Lazer, R3Hab, Tiesto, Kaskade and more!