There is no shortage of venues to holding a music festival, Fuji Rock, Jisan valley rock festival are among the standouts but dig a little deeper and you’ll catch yourself immersed in a cacophony of world sounds.
Be it classical or international music events, music festivals are fast spreading their roots all over the continent. Moreover, whether performed in gardens, in a fort or on the beach, the resounding, loud and clear music lures millions of music lovers every year. Let us see which ones make our list of top ten music festivals that you cannot miss in Asia.
Java Jazz Festival in Indonesia
The Java Jazz Festival is a 3 day celebration of jazz in Jakarta. With over 50 international and local artists performing not only jazz but also reggae and R&B, this event is usually dubbed one of the largest music festivals in Asia. The Java Jazz Festival is a synergy of music, lifestyle, and entertainment that has seeded music tourism in Indonesia. The festival aims at raising funds for social interests and since 2006, it also hosts a show of music and audio accessories, which turned out to be a great crowd-puller that even international participants dare not miss.
Sunburn in India
Held on the sumptuous beaches of Goa, Sunburn is India’s premier electronic music festival that brings together renowned Indian and International artists. With the introduction of the ‘Sunburn Arena’ in 2011, fans across India and Asia are now able to see the world’s best DJs like Swedish House Mafia, Ferry Corsten and Avicii performing right before their eyes. The whole event lasts for 3 days and each year, it attracts a huge audience of over 50,000 people.
Fuji Rock Festival in Japan
It may not be a traditional cultural experience as the others, but if your idea of a good music festival is a muddy field in England, Fuji Rock may just change your expectations completely. Hosted at the Naeba Ski Resort (it was removed from Fuji in 1997, but retained the name), it is the cleanest mainstream music festival you’ll likely ever see. Alongside quality food and drink, the acts are impressive too – past years have attracted the like of The Cure, The Chemical Brothers, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beck and The Foo Fighters.
Midi Music Festival in China
What started as a session of student recitals in Midi school of music in 2000 soon became an event for many local bands to display their talent while it gathered a huge fan base instantly. As of present, the Midi Music Festival is China’s biggest rock festival that attracts as much as 40,000 to 80,000 visitors who flock to see the performances of more than 40 bands who have arrived from all corners of China. With less hiccups here and there, the festival occurs almost every year to the delight of its enormous fan base. Most of the sessions are conducted at various public gardens outdoors to accommodate the large crowds.
Rainforest Music Festival in Malaysia
Set to take place at the Sarawak Cultural Village in Malaysia during the month of July, this music festival is not an ordinary affair. It features artists from all over the world in a fantastic setting. Workshops are held in the replica longhouses, and audiences are seated on mats while listening to international rhythms blending with the sounds of the jungle. Evening gigs are performed on a stage built by the lake, under the open sky.
St.Jerome’s Laneway festival in Singapore
Not a day goes by in Singapore when there is not a gig taking place somewhere in the city, a live band performing or a DJ entertaining the crowds that enjoy diverse varieties of music. St Jerome’s Laneway Festival is one such event that happens in the city-state and attracts massive crowds from across the country. The festival originated from Australia but found its way to Singapore in 2010 and has since then presented names such as Beach House, James Blake, Courtney Barnett, Banks, Royal Blood and many others.
Ultra Korea in Korea
Ultra Korea forms part of the Ultra Music Festival’s worldwide expansion, which has now spread its wings across the globe to reach 20 countries. This electronic music festival takes place outdoors and as always, visitors can expect live performances by a wide-ranging array of artists. This year, to commemorate its fifth anniversary, in addition to the already stacked lineup consisting of Afrojack, Martin Garrix and Avicii, a bass-filled Phase 2 lineup will also be present to entertain hundreds of thousands of bass music lovers.
Jisan Valley Rock Festival in South Korea
The Jisan Valley Rock Festival is held in Seoul in a similar environment to the Fuji Rock Festival in Japan. It competes with many other big-name music gatherings in Korea by offering partygoers and music fans in South Korea a unique opportunity to see some of the world’s most acclaimed rock musicians. Since its debut in 2009, the festival has presented international stars and bands like The Cure, Muse, Elvis Costello and the Imposters, Radiohead and many more, which is why it is quickly catching up with the Fuji Rock in terms of stature.
Summer Sonic Festival in Japan
The Summer Sonic Festival is a rock festival held simultaneously in Osaka and Tokyo. With a masterful and diverse lineup, the event caters to a wide Japanese as well as international audience. Since its debut in 2000, the festival has flourished to become an aspirational lifestyle brand that combines music and celebration to open the door to the richness of local arts and culture. Headliners this year will include world-class acts such as Fergie, Radiohead, MØ.
Baybeats Festival in Singapore
This 3 day alternative music festival organized by The Esplanade in Singapore not only showcases Singaporean musicians but also allows indie performers from across Asia to demonstrate their talents. What is really interesting with this festival though is the budding bands program, in which music industry veterans coach new talents, who are then allowed to perform at the Baybeats Arena and the Powerhouse Stage. Baybeats is undoubtedly the music festival that has positioned Singapore as a prime alternative music festival destination to the world.
A music festival is an eclectic mix of music, entertainment, experiences and celebration that brings cultures together. So, if you make sure to time your luxury holiday in Asia to coincide with one of these festivals, you’re guaranteeing yourself memories that will last a lifetime.