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.
Where Bangkok, Thailand
When November 16 & 17
Returning bigger than ever is Bangkok's first indie music affair Maho Rasop Festival. Dust off your festival gear and move to the guitar-heavy sounds of indie stalwarts Bombay Bicycle Club, The Horrors, The Drums, and King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard. Amping up the alternative vibes are Cuco, Phum Viphurit, Swim Deep, and more. With attention-grabbing art installations, cool hangouts and fashionable features, you best bet we're bringing VSCO butts here.
Live Park Rama 9. From $134.
Where Hong Kong
When November 22-24
Clockenflap is setting up the stage for some of the biggest names in music. Headlining this year is US electropop sensation Halsey and rap star Lil Pump, as well as British giants Mumford & Sons. Indie and alt-rock mavericks The Kooks, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Idles, and Superorganism are also part of the bill. 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.
9 Lung Wo Rd. From $152.
When December 7
The future is female and this brand new music series is celebrating girl power with female-fronted acts. Shaking up the festival scene in Singapore, The Alex Blake Charlie Sessions creates unique experiences for sonic explorers willing to venture further into pop-rock, R&B, indie-folk and electronica on a more intimate scale – all within an unusual heritage venue: Pasir Panjang Power Station. Get stoked for acclaimed Welsh avant-pop artist Cate Le Bon, Brooklyn's infectious power-pop group Charly Bliss fronted by Eva Hendricks, as well as London's brazen post-punkers Goat Girl.
27 Pasir Panjang Rd. From $115.
When December 6-7
End the year on a high and eat, sleep, rave, repeat at Legacy Festival. The two-day music festival is making its debut at Siloso Beach Sentosa where the dancefloor is sandy and the music is louder than the crashing waves. Delivering all-killer-no-filler big drops are Grammy Award winner Tiësto, the pioneer of dance music Don Diablo, and Dutch trailblazer Oliver Heldens who are all among the world's current top 10 headliners.
Siloso Beach Walk. From $130 (one-day pass) and $180 (two-day pass).
Where Pattaya, Thailand
When December 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. From $265.
Where Jakarta, Indonesia
When December 13-15
Drop everything right now and fill your dance schedule with the Djakarta Warehouse Project. Spinning the decks this year are some of the most explosive names from the dance music spectrum – we're talking Calvin Harris, Jeffrey Sutorius (aka Dash Berlin), Jonas Blue, Martin Garrix, Martin Solveig, Skrillex, Zedd, and more. Music aside, this massive outdoor shindig comes complete with Instagram-worthy installations and tasty festival grub.
Jiexpo Kemayoran. From $140.
Where Phu Quoc, Vietnam
When December 27-January 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.