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The best music festivals in Singapore and Asia

In need of a festi-fix? Here are the best festivals around the region to travel in the name of music

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To say the lack of St Jerome’s Laneway Festival leaves a gaping hole in the 2019 festival calendar would be an understatement. Thankfully, there are massive inner-city EDM jamborees and weekend-long soirees happening in neighbouring countries vying for attention. Here's the lowdown on the cream of the festival crop to whet the appetite.

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Summer Noise, Phum Viphurit
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Summer Noise

Where Manila, Philippines
When May 18

Summer Noise is serving a slice of indie heaven in Manila with American dream-pop darling Japanese Breakfast, Australian trio Last Dinosaurs, Thai neo-folk singer-songwriter Phum Viphurit and Norwegian bedroom-pop artist Jakob Ogawa for its sophomore outing. Championing diversity and inclusivity, the festival also has sign language interpreters for the hearing-impaired.

Greenfield District, Mayflower St, Mandaluyong, Philippines. $58-$131

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It’s The Ship China

Where Shanghai, China to Shimonoseki, Japan
When Jun 13-17

Ahoy there, party mateys! Can’t wait until November 13 for It’s The Ship to set sail from Singapore? Head to Shanghai for a ravecation on the high seas this June instead. This swashbuckling voyage feature DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs Blasterjaxx, Mike Williams, Wildstylez and Carta, with a stopover at Shimonoseki’s sandy white beaches for more club bangers to get down to.

Wusongkou International Cruise Terminal, 500 Dongdaming Rd, Hongkou Qu, Shanghai, China. $1,109-$4,517.

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We The Fest

Where Jakarta, Indonesia
When Jul 19-21

Known for its buzzy acts, this three-day festival is worth braving Jakarta traffic for. It’s an art, fashion, food and play wonderland soundtracked by everything from pop to high-powered breakbeats. Spend the weekend with 6lack, Rae Sremmurd, Cigarettes After Sex, Daniel Caesar and Troye Sivan.

Jiexpo Kemayoran, Jakarta, Indonesia. $96-$270.

Good Vibes Festival
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Good Vibes Festival

Where Genting Highlands, Malaysia
When Jul 20 and 21

Make the trek up mist-covered Genting Highlands for an elevated music fest experience. The line-up brings plenty of good vibes – we’re talking Mura Masa, Nothing But Thieves, Cashmere Cat and more.

The Ranch At Gohtong Raya, Genting Highlands, Malaysia. $118-$147.

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Fuji Rock

Where Niigata Prefecture, Japan
When Jul 26-28

The mack daddy of festivals in Asia, this mountainside marvel boasts acts that span the gamut of hip-hop and R&B to rock and pop. If headliners like The Chemical Brothers, Sia and The Cure, as well as Thom Yorke Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes, Death Cab For Cutie, James Blake and Martin Garrix don't draw you in, then we don't know what will.

Naeba Ski Resort, Yuzawa, Japan. $218-$545.

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Summer Sonic

Where Tokyo and Osaka
When Aug 16-18

Another festival fixture in the Land of the Rising Sun, Summer Sonic takes place at both Tokyo and Osaka – giving you a sweet excuse to check out both cities. Dodging the mainstream acts in favour of crowd faves, get ready to mosh to the big guns like Weezer, Red Hot Chili Peppers and The 1975.

ZOZO Marine Stadium, Tokyo and Makuhari Messe, Osaka, Japan. $181-$472.



Where Hong Kong
Nov 22-24

Clockenflap 2018 saw the likes of post-punk legends Interpol, R&B wunderkind Khalid, Talking Head's David Byrne, electronic mastermind Caribou, indie-rock outfit The Vaccines and Mercury Prize winner Wolf Alice, among others, take the stage. And if it's anything like last year's affair, expect this year's to be as epic. With three days of music, art, film, food and drink, all wrapped up at Hong Kong's Central Harbourfront, it's safe to say your weekend's sorted. 

Details to be announced soon.

It's the Ship

It's the Ship

Where Singapore
Nov 13-15

The floating music festival aboard a luxury cruise is back – this time without any stopovers. The uninterrupted sailcation sets sail from Singapore into the sunset with an array of international and regional EDM acts for three days and two nights. Last year's line-up includes EDM giants like Vini Vici, Cash Cash, Paul Van Dyk, Sander Van Doorn and Showtek, so expect more big names bringing big tunes on board this dance music voyage.

Marina Bay Cruise Centre, 61 Marina Coastal Dr, Singapore. Early Duck 2 prices start from $588.



Where Singapore

Put your hands up in the air (and wave 'em like you just don't care) if you’re ecstatic for the return of Singapore's ultimate dance party ZoukOut. Dynamic duos Galantis, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike and W&W headlined last year's, so keep an eye out for announcements of other EDM greats who are set to descend the decks this year to bring you the hottest bangers at this all-night beach rager.

Siloso Beach, Sentosa, Singapore. Details to be announced soon.



Where Pattaya, Thailand
Dec 12-16

Think USA's Burning Man Festival with a Thai twist. Held in The Fields at Siam Country Club in Pattaya, the mega-fest is the country's pioneering, carbon-neutral four-day celebration of music, art and sustainable living. Besides sweating and raving alongside the giddy crowd, the festival is loaded with plenty more to do. Immerse in a VR experience, unwind with bath rituals, take a break in complete silence or indulge in an array of transformational wellness experiences.

The Fields at Siam Country Club, Pattaya, Thailand. Details to be announced soon.



Where Phu Quoc, Vietnam
When Dec 27-Jan 7 2020

Now, here's a party that gets you in the party mood 'till next year. Turning up the heat at the lush island of Phu Quoc, the 11-day shebang is where all the EDM heroes and the worlds of drum 'n' bass, breakbeat, hip-hop and jungle come together for an absolute musical and cinematic experience. This year, get ready to bask in the sunset, dancing to jams courtesy of Anja Schneider, Apollonia, Craig Richards, Guti, Lehar, Lilly Palmer, Coco Dice, Nicolas Lutz, Ricardo Villalobos, Waff, William Djoko, and many more.

Phu Quoc island, Vietnam. 1-day tickets start from $91, 11-day tickets start from $400. 

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