Buro.'s guide to the best music festivals in Asia that you have to visit in 2019

Buro.'s guide to the best music festivals in Asia that you have to visit in 2019

Dance, dance, dance

Text: Ethan Lee

Editor: Aravin Sandran

It's music festival season, and you're missing out because Coachella or Lollapalooza are just too far and expensive. No worries though, Asia is stepping up its music festival game with great gigs just a stone's throw away from Singapore that promise all the fun without emptying your bank account. Here, we have rounded up the best music festivals around the region.

We The Fest

Where: Jiexpo Kemayoran, Jakarta Indonesia
When: 19 21 July 2019
Music: An expansive variety of genres from the likes of queer-pop singer Troy Sivan, hip-hop duo Rae Sremmurd to ambient pop band Cigarettes After Sex.
Vibe: It's all about getting that sensory overload: art exhibitions by Indonesia's very own artists at the Art Village, food by Ismaya Restaurants and the WTF (We The Fest) Con that happens to be a flea market.
Bunk: Travel packages are available.
Book We The Fest tickets here

Good Vibes Festival

Where: The Ranch at Gohtong Jaya, Genting Highlands, Malaysia
When: 20 21 July 2019
Music: Starring hip-hop duo Rae Sremmurd, American singer 6Lack, Korean singer Rad Museum, and Korean-American avant-pop performer Yaeji.
Vibe: Because of its close proximity to our shores, it has become Singaporeans' most anticipated music festival. After all, there's nothing quite like getting a good deal on a stellar experience.
Bunk: The Festival teamed up with Awana Hotel in Genting Highlands for accomodations.
Get your tickets here.

Pentaport Rock Festival

Where: Incheon, South Korea
When: It happened in August last year. Dates for this year haven't been announced yet.
Music: It may be a rock festival, but you can look forward to popular names such as Bastille, Charli XCX and South Korean musician Kang San Ae. 
Vibe: This annual three-day summer music festival is Korea's largest. There are different stages for popular and up-and-coming bands, booths with fusion food options, and an artificial beach that serves as a recreational area.
Bunk: Tents
Get your tickets here.

Summer Sonic 20th Anniversary

When: 16 18 August 2019
Music: At the Tokyo venue, big names like the Red Hot Chili Peppers, The 1975, Weezer and Machine Gun Kelly will be taking on the stage along with many other local Japanese performers. At the Osaka venue let down your hair with The Chainsmokers, Zedd, Chvrches and Fall Out Boy. Many artists will be playing at both locations so be sure to check out the program on their website to avoid confusion.
Vibe: It'll be full-on music festival experience. Considering that its it 20th year running, these guys know what they're doing.
Bunk: There are plenty of hotels in Tokyo and Osaka.
Get your tickets here.

Djarkarta Warehouse Project

Where: Indonesia
When: December 2019. Exact dates haven't been released yet.
Music: Last year's edition at the GWC Cultural Park in Bali was a smash hit with the likes of The Weeknd, Afrojack, Alesso and Armin Van Buuren. 
Vibe: Expect to jostle with a hip-and-happening millennial crowd
Bunk: Pick an Airbnb room or a hotel of your choice.
Get your tickets here.


Where: The fields at Siam Country Club, Pattaya, Thailand
When: 12 16 December 2019
Music: The lineup for this year is not out yet, but judging from previous years, it will not disappoint.
Vibe: In line with its hippy atmosphere, the festival offers yoga and meditation classes as well as workshops and talks around sustainability and wellness.
Bunk: Take a nap in one of the cabanas or simply bring your tents and sleeping bags and enjoy the great outdoors. Showers, water and charging stations will be available.
Get your tickets here.

Look forward to these festivals in 2020

Wanderland Festival

Where: Filinvest City events ground, Manilla, Phillipines
When: March 2019
Music: Performers included Singapore's own Charlie Lim, British indie-pop band The Kooks along with experimental jazz-pop musician Masego and electronic duo Honne.
Vibe: The first ever two-day set-up featured 22 live acts, 4 live artists, bigger installations and a young crowd of twenty-somethings.
Bunk: Accomodation packages are available online.
More info here.

Sunburn Festival

Where: Pune, India
When: March 2019
Music: The best EDM artistes in the business descend on India for this three-day fest. Some of the names include Martin Garrix, Afrojack, Tiesto and DJ Snake.
Vibe: It's not known as Asia's largest electronic dance music festival for nothing. Cue a massive stage set up, out of the world pyrotechnics and a 350,000-large crowd.
Bunk: Arrange your own accomodation at a hotel nearby.
More info here.

Sónar Hong Kong

Where: Hong Kong Science Park, Hong Kong
When: April 2019
Music: This year's line-up featured Ryan Hemsworth, MØ and Park Hye Jin.
Vibe: The festival presents inventive workshops, audio-visual performances and booths that feature augmented and virtual reality products and prototypes.
Bunk: There are plenty of hotels to choose from near to the festival's venue.
More info here.