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10 brilliant music festivals in Asia you don't want to miss

Stages across the region are coming alive again

Cheryl Sekkappan
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Cheryl Sekkappan
&
Izza Sofia
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Big music gigs across Asia are coming alive again after going silent for over two years no thanks to the pandemic. Now that countries are opening up and everyone is back in party mode, look forward to upcoming music festivals like Ultra Korea, Organik Festival and Wonderfruit. So, hop on the plane real quick because nothing beats dancing and screaming your heart out to your favourite tracks alongside a sweaty mass of revellers.

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Ultra Korea
Photograph: Ultra Korea

Ultra Korea

Where Seoul 

When September 24 & 25

Ultra Korea is making its return for its ninth edition on Sep 24 and 25 in Seoul. While its early bird tickets have already sold out, general admission tickets are still up for grabs. Headliners for the main stage performances include KSHMR, Marshmello, Martin Garrix, Nicky Romero, Oliver Heldens and Timmy Trumpet. To stay updated on the festival’s announcements, follow Ultra Korea on Instagram here.

Snow Rave
Photograph: Combined Local University Party

Snow Rave

Where Singapore 

When September 24 

Keen on raving in the snow in a tropical city-state? That’s right. Square Studios Pte. Ltd is throwing a first-of-its-kind party in Singapore at Snow City, with accompanying blizzards of course. This ice-cold shindig is taking place on September 24, from 9pm to 2am. Look forward to a dual-room concept at the venue – one room will be running on normal temperature while the other will be lowered down to minus seven degrees. Bring out your thermals and layer up for this event, where you also stand a chance to win best-dressed. The winner gets a two-day staycation at Singapore’s Carlton Hotel. Performance wise, DJ Vanvanz and DJ Nomi will be part of the line-up, with more acts to be announced soon. Expect genres from EDM, hardstyle to hip-hop and top 40 hits at this event. Get your tickets to Singapore's Snow Rave here.

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Organik Festival
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Organik Festival

Where Taiwan 

When October 14 to 16

After a three-year hiatus, Organik Festival returns to Taiwan. The event is usually held at the black sand beach outside of Hualien, but this time, it has found a new home. The festival will take place at Na Sun Na Gu in the valley of Nan'ao Township, surrounded by Taiwan’s nature. You’ll find yourself immersed within a tropical forest and a whole array of mother nature’s best kept secrets with banging tunes in the background. Since music is the soul of the event, only the most well-respected and interesting artists will play at the festival. Lena Willikens, Mama Snake and Sunju Hargun are amongst the international highlights, while local acts include Andy Chiu, Diskonnected, Al Burro and Yoshi Nori. Get tickets to Organik Festival here.

It's The Ship
Photograph: @itstheship/Instagram

It's The Ship

Where Singapore

When To be announced

It's time to get wrecked – and by that we mean, shipwrecked. In December, Singapore's music festival at sea dropped a cheeky teaser for It's The Ship 2022. The meme-tastic video dropped references to Squid Game, BLACKPINK, Hasbullah and more, so...we can safely say we have no idea what the organisers have up their sleeves, but we're excited. Previous acts include Sam Feldt, Zonderling, Phoenix, What So Not, Ookay, Ben Nicky, and more, so we expect great things on the music front too. Keep your eyes on the official website for more updates. 

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Clockenflap Music & Arts Festival
Photograph: @clockenflap/Instagram

Clockenflap Music & Arts Festival

Where Hong Kong 

When November 26 to 28

Hong Kong's largest music and arts festival Clockenflap was called off in both 2020 and 2021 due to anti-government protests and then tightening coronavirus restrictions. But the organisers are confident that the festival will be happening in November this year, promising a 'knock-out line-up' for its 12th edition. We're sure they'll deliver on the acts, considering that in 2019, the festival had booked the likes of Halsey, Mumford & Sons, The Kooks, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Deafheaven and more amazing international acts. What makes this festival special are also the art installations, roving art and satellite activities you can take part in. 

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Where Singapore

When December 2 and 3

The highly-anticipated dance music festival is officially returning to Siloso Beach Sentosa in Singapore this December, after a three-year hiatus from 2019 to 2021. The theme for this year’s event is billed as The Futuristic City of Dreams, and it promises to “take party-goers on a journey that transcends time into a future of make-believe.” Held across two days – December 2 and 3 – this year’s dusk-till-dawn dance music festival promises to be more electrifying than ever, with top-notch local, regional and global acts, along with the return of roving acts, food village and spectacular stage designs at this year’s event.

 

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Djakarta Warehouse Project
Photograph: Drew Ressler via Commons Wikimedia

Djakarta Warehouse Project

Where Jakarta, Indonesia

When December 9 to 11

The long-running Djakarta Warehouse Project has had to run its festival online for the last two years due to the coronavirus pandemic. But now, we've got official confirmation of a physical stage this year. While the line-up of acts has not been announced, the last in-person festival in 2019 was a bombastic three-day affair featuring EDM favourites like Calvin Harris, Skrillex, Zedd, Tinashe, and more. 

Wonderfruit

Wonderfruit

Where Pattaya, Thailand

When December 15 to 18

Wonderfruit is no mere music festival, it's a whole celebration of art, food, lifestyle and ideas set in the magical location of The Fields in Pattaya, Thailand. Championing sustainability and inclusivity, Wonderfruit offers a wide-ranging programme that includes workshops, talks, art installations and live music acts. In terms of the line-up this year, expect the likes of Dresden, Slowlygreen, Penguin Cafe, Supersonic, Tom of England and Kai Campos (Mount Kimbie). 

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Sunburn Festival
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Sunburn Festival

Where Goa, India

When December 28 to 30

The largest music festival in India – and likely Asia – is none other than Sunburn Festival. This massive festival has brought in big names in EDM such as Swedish House Mafia, Martin Garrix, Tiesto, Avicii, Armin van Buuren...you get it. Taking place on Goa's beaches, every edition is bigger and better than the last. So we're psyched for the 2022 edition, which will be happening from December 28 to 30 – perfect for the revellers who want to party the end of the year away. 

Beyond the Valley
Photograph: Beyond the Valley

Beyond the Valley

Where Australia 

When December 28 - January 1

Not part of Asia, but we think it’s truly worth mentioning.

New Year’s is still months away but there’s really nothing wrong with planning ahead. Round up 2022 at Australia’s Beyond The Valley, the essential destination festival that aims to bring stellar acts to Barunah Plains. Just 90 minutes outside of Melbourne, look forward to a great roster of DJs including Bicep, Honey Dijon, Sofia Kourtesis. Nelly Furtado will also be performing alongside other pop, rap and R&B stars like Denzel Curry, Yung Lean and Lime Cordiale. Festival Goers can also gain access to the pools at the Beach Club and a hidden Schmall Klüb which hosts secret and spontaneous sets. Grab your tickets to the event here.

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