Nothing beats a good festival. And, the world returning a normality, after the pandemic, means that many music festivals are scheduled to take place this year and into 2024. Particularly, we’ve listed 11 best upcoming Asia music festivals for music-loving Kiwis to travel to.
1. S2O Songkran Music Festival
The world’s largest and only wet three-day Songkran celebration plans to make a comeback between April 13 – 15. Excitingly, expect a wet and wild fiesta while dancing to some of the world’s best DJs. 2023’s lineup includes Tiesto, Nicky Romero, Sebastian Ingrosso and many more.
📍 Show DC Arena, Bangkok, Thailand
2. Rolling Loud
The world’s largest hip-hop festival brings itself to Asia for the first time this season. Head on a Thailand adventure between April 13 and 15 to be greeted by artists, like headliners from Chris Brown and Travis Scott, to Cardi B, and more than 60 international, as well as local artists showcasing the best of Thai music.
📍Pattaya City, Thailand
3. Good Vibes 2023
As Malaysia’s biggest annual music festival, it’s the perfect place to get your groove on from July 21 – 23 this year. Located in Kuala Lumpur, the homegrown festival celebrates 10 years in business this year, and features headliners such as Dermot Kennedy, Sabrina Carpenter, The 1975, The Strokes, and plenty more fan-favourites.
📍 Sepang International Circuit, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
4. We The Fest
Why not head to Jakarta in Indonesia for a weekend of music, art, fashion and food in the sunshine? This epic festival is set to make a return from July 21 to 23 after three years of closure due to the pandemic. It seems Dermot Kennedy, The 1975 and Sabrina Carpenter will play at this festival in Jakarta too, on top of the incredible Lewis Capaldi, and plenty more.
5. Summer Sonic 2023
This music festival in Japan is making a comeback on August 19 and 20, with an array of international artists taking over stages in Tokyo and Osaka. With an epic lineup, from 1D’s Niall Horan, to Kendrick Lamar, Liam Gallagher, Blur, Thundercat and more…you’ll be spoilt for choice.
6. Fuji Rock Festival
Another soul-satisfying festival taking place in Japan this year. From July 28 to 30, join 100,000 festival fans to enjoy Japan’s largest outdoor music festival at Naeba Ski Resort. The lineup is yet to be announced but previous headliners included Sia, The Lumineers, Kendrick Lamar and plenty more.
7. Sunburn Festival
Another extraordinary electronic music festival and exciting beach party planning to return to Goa at the end of December. Freely party all day and night at this futuristic extravaganza. Certainly, one of the best upcoming music festivals in Asia.
8. Clockenflap Music & Arts Festival
One of Hong Kong’s most iconic festivals will return between December 1 and 3. People of all ages can be seen enjoying an all-rounded weekend celebration. It just had its March event which saw the Artic Monkeys, YoungQueenz and many more take to the stage.
📍Hong Kong, China
From December 10 to 14, join punters from across the globe in Thailand at this famous electric music and lifestyle festival. The 2023 lineup is yet to be announced but we expect an exceptional one. So get your passport and bags ready for take off. Indeed, one of the best music festivals to enjoy in Asia this year.
📍Bang Lamung District, Thailand
10. Djakarta Warehouse Project
This two-day festival will make a comeback in December. Look forward to the likes of past headliners like Jonas Blue, Lost Frequencies and plenty more. Keep an eye on their socials for the lineup.
11. It’s The Ship
Asia’s largest sea festival takes place every March in Singapore. As the name suggests, it’s a unique music festival onboard a ship. Each year gets bigger and bolder, with previous artists such as Sam Feldt, Eli Brown and Kate Foxx, bringing all the best tunes.
📍10B Lor Telok, Singapore
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