Top 5 music festivals in Southeast Asia to end the year with a bang

Top 5 music festivals in Southeast Asia to end the year with a bang

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Text: Yimin Huang

Editor: Aravin Sandran

Image: Getty Images

On a cruise ship, in the heart of the city or on the shores of an island paradise — these 5 Southeast Asian music festivals will shed 2018 and usher in the New Year with a helluva good time


Where: Central Harbourfront, Hong Kong 

When: 9 to 11 November 2018

Line-up: Interpol, Khalid, Anpu, Caribou, The Vaccines and Wolf Alice

Vibe: Good music, art, food and people come together against the backdrop of Hong Kong's iconic skyline to make this wonky-sounding festival perhaps Asia's easiest music event for the festival virgin. Think Glastonbury without the mud, scum and dirtbags.

It's The Ship

Where: Cruise from Singapore to Phuket

When: 4 to 7 November 2018

Line-up: Big Shaq aka Michael Dapaah, and EDM bigwigs Cash Cash, Showtek Vini Vici, Paul van Dyk and Sander van Doom

Vibe: With 24/7 access to eclectic international and regional DJs as well as an all-you-can-eat buffet feast, this four-day, three-night festival is for hardcore ballers who know how to get turnt up around the clock.


Where: Long Beach, Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam

When: 28 December 2018 to 8 January 2019

Line-up: American-Iranian techno DJ Dubfire, Russian sensation Nina Kraviz and Chilean-German music producer Ricardo Villalobos

Vibe: Rave through this festival's undying dedication to techno, and then lay back on the pristine beaches to soak in the gorgeous ombré orange skies at dawn.

DJakarta Warehouse Project X

Where: GWK Cultural Park, Bali

When: 7 to 9 December 2018

Line-up: Afrojack, The WeekndAlessoArmin Van Buuren and Major Lazer

Vibe: Migrating from the cityscape of Jakarta to the cool coastal shores of Bali for the first time, this year's event is set to be a hard-hitting and value-for-money blockbuster with household names that won't disappoint.


Where: Siam Country Club, Pattaya, Thailand

When: 13 to 16 December 2018

Line-up: Goldie And The Ensemble, Nightmares on Wax, Horse Meat Disco, Fleetmac Wood and Huun Huur Tu

Vibe: Thailand's pioneering carbon-neutral four-day event will be celebrating the arts and sustainability through diverse music acts, wellness activities and delectable cuisines with venerable Buddhist architecture completing the hippie mise-en-scène on Pattaya beach.