Asia’s festival season has no particular peak period - it’s literally party time all year round. Having successfully survived 2017’s first round of festivals, we’ve taken the liberty of providing you with a full update on the most anticipated festivals of the coming months.
Saga Music Festival
Indonesia’s favourite island destination, Bali, has been hosting an increasing number of cool festivals in the last few years, making it one of the most desirable party spots in the region. This year alone the island hosted two of the biggest international festival brands, including the UK’s Bestival and US-based, Ultra. Now, Saga Music Festival has announced its debut slated for December 28th and 29th.
Saga will be taking over one of Bali’s most stunning cultural sites, the monumental Garuda Wisnu Kencana Culture Park. Organisers have already announced the first phase lineup which features some of the biggest names in EDM including DJ Snake, FKJ, TWRK, Chris Lake, Dropgun, Rave Republic and Marc Benjamin. They will joined by local talents like Dipha Barus, Tenjo, DJ Stan, DJ Jesse Wilde and DJ Yasmin.
Djakarta Warehouse Project
Djakarta Warehouse Project will be returning this year on December 15th and 16th at Jakarta’s JIExpo Center. It’s going to be an extra special affair especially when super-promoters Elrow host a stage at the festival for the first time.
The line-up for the Elrow stage is yet to be revealed, but we were updated on DWP’s second phase of artists roster and it includes Flosstradamus, Richie Hawtin, Loco Dice, Zeds Dead, Robin Schulz and Steve Aoki. They previously announced R3HAB, Flume, Galantis, DVBBS, NWYR and Marshmello as part of their massive lineup.
Clockenflap arts and music festival is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year from November 17th to the 19th. The momentous decade edition will for the second time be held at Central Harbourfront after moving from its West Kowloon venue last year. It seems appropriate to pull out all the stops for such a milestone, and the organisers have done just that.
They previously announced the first phase lineup, which includes Bristol trip-hop legends Massive Attack, electropop outfits MØ and Bob Moses, indie rockers The Dandy Warhols and Blossoms, R&B and hip hop acts DEAN and Higher Brothers, and DJ/producer Cashmere Cat, They have now added savage moshers The Prodigy, neo-soul phenomenon Jungle, dubstep pioneer turned disco/techno hero Skream, and Austrian duo HVOB.
Bangkok’s Beam Nightclub will be debuting its first city music festival across two weekends in November. It’s not your regular club night as it will also feature displays of art, food and a lot of good vibes from 17th to 19th, and 24th to 26th.
Beamfest has announced its first phase of acts, which includes notable international names like Skream, Cashmere Cat, HVOB, No Regular Play, Swindai and Teenage Mutants as well as collaborative showcases by Red Light Radio, Soulection and Tiki Disco. These amazing acts will be joined a list of local heroes including Beam residents, Marmosets, Maarten Goetheer, Sarayu, Noxro, Mendy Indigo, NT66 and many more.
India’s Sunburn Festival successfully celebrated its 10th anniversary at its new home at Sunburn Hills in Pune last year, but will now be using Pimpri-Chinchwad to kick off a new decade in 2017. The new venue is going to enhance fans’ experience by providing hassle free entry to the festival arena, better parking facilities and traffic control.
The phase one announcement reveals two of the biggest EDM kings headlining the festival - DJ Snake and Martin Garrix. Karan Singh, Sunburn CEO, said, “Sunburn follows the mantra of ‘for the fans, by the fans, of the fans’. After the massive success of Sunburn 10 and as we enter a new decade of Sunburn we are planning to completely renew the experience for our fans.”
Singapore’s festival season almost always kicks off with the highly-anticipated, Laneway Festival, which will be held on January 28th at Gardens by the Bay. This year organisers have really outdone themselves with their indie music offering.
A lot of fan favourites have been added, including Mac DeMarco, Father John Misty, The War On Drugs, Bonobo, Sylvan Esso, Wolf Alice, The Internet and Slowdive. They have also included a slew of breakout acts like Anderson.Paak, the Free Nationals, Aldous Harding, Moses Sumney and Billie Eilish. Head on here to find out how you can score tickets and a bunch of other festival updates.