Buro.'s guide to the best music festivals in Asia that you have to visit in 2020
Asia's best music festivals might not stir up the same level of hype as Coachella, but over the years, they've scaled up with impressive lineups, venues, and art installations. Last year, we highlighted the likes of We The Fest, Good Vibes, Pentaport Rock, Summer Sonic, and Djakarta Warehouse in our annual guide. In 2020, we bring you some old favourites (Wonderfruit) and a few new additions (Hydeout).
Philippines: Wanderland Music and Arts Festival
Where: Filinvest City Events Grounds, Alabang, Philippines
When: 7 to 8 March 2020
Music: Last year, the festival was headlined by indie band Two Doors Cinema Club. This year, look forward to 88rising rapper Joji, singer-songwriter Bruno Major, and indie rock band Foals.
Vibe: Held on the outskirts of Manila, the festival attracts the city's cool 20-somethings who come together to witness an incredibly diverse regional and international lineup as well as a whole range of fringe activities.
Bunk: Accomodation packages are available.
Japan: Fuji Rock Festival
Where: Naeba Ski Resort, Niigata Prefecture, Japan
When: 21 to 23 August 2020
Music: This year's lineup hasn't been released yet, but if last year is any indication, expect to see household names in the rock and alternative scenes such as James Blake and My Chemical Romance.
Vibe: The festival takes place at a ski resort during the height of summer. Festival-goers usually make themselves at home in the great outdoors with their own tents and camping equipment.
Bunk: Choose to camp outdoors with campsite tickets or book a room at the ski resort.
Malaysia: Good Vibes Festival
Where: Genting Highlands, Malaysia
When: 14 to 16 August 2020
Music: Last year, huge numbers turned out to witness hip-hop duo Rae Sremmurd and American singer 6lack. The lineup for 2020 hasn't been announced yet.
Vibe: Approximately an hour outside of Kuala Lumpur by car, Good Vibes would have to be the closest music festival outside of Singapore on this list, making it perfect for a short getaway.
Bunk: Hotel packages are available. Tickets are currently not on sale yet.
Singapore: Hydeout Festival
Where: Gardens by the Bay, Singapore
When: 10 to 11 April, 17 to 18 April 2020
Music: This multi-genre festival takes place for the first time in Singapore. While the full lineup hasn't been released yet, big names such as A$AP Rocky, Gucci Mane, Rita Ora, and J Balvin have been confirmed.
Vibe: Set among the lush environments of Gardens by the Bay, this two-weekend music festival will certainly provide numerous photo opportunities and awe-inspiring perspectives.
Bunk: Be a baller and book a room at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel, which is known for its iconic rooftop infinity pool.
Where: Pattaya, Thailand
When: December 2020. Exact dates haven't been announced yet.
Music: The lineup for this year is not out yet, but expect a great lineup of international DJs, singer-songwriters, and indie musicians.
Vibe: Wonderfruit isn't just a music festival; it's all about being in tune with our bodies, minds, and the environment around us.
Bunk: Choose to bring your own tents and sleeping bags. Showers and charging stations will be available.