Eco-friendly Wonderfruit Festival in Thailand announces its initial music lineup
It's probably the first festival in Asia where you can perform sun salutations after a whole night of raving, all at the same place. Billed as Thailand's first "globally conscious and eco-friendly festival", Wonderfruit Festival returns after its successful debut last year.
With a lineup that includes American indie rock artists The Faint, seven-piece dubstep and soul outfit The Submotion Orchestra, Björk collaborator Howie B and Thai alternative rock group Desktop Error and electronica band Mahajamreon, you're spoilt for choice.
While Pattaya is a coastal city that often bags top awards for sleaziness, the arrival of this festival begs to differ. Organised by Thai-based social enterprise Scratch Fest, Wonderfruit is a festive attempt to clean up the city by channeling efforts to save the environment, encourage sustainability and spread good vibes all around.
This year, they're launching a guerilla campaign with Reserve Graffiti, an act to convert previously vandalised spaces around Bangkok to positive messages. Food-wise, get a chance to forage and cook your own meals from their fully-functioning farm. If you're too tired, book a space at Theatre of Feasts, with a full-course menu by Chef Gaggan, who's often touted as the world's best Indian chef — this is enjoyed at a compound built from sustainable materials with a vantage point of the festival grounds.
Similar to Wilderness Festival in the UK, Wonderfruit also hosts workshops such as tie-dye, woodcraft and fruit-carving (hence its name, we reckon). There's also the Healing Village, where you can attend meditation and creative dance courses, or enjoy a massage or two. To really get involved, you can even apply to be an installation artist or a skill sharer — the latter allows you to host your own sharing programme to teach festival-goers. Application closes 30 September. So book your tickets, pack your beaded tassels and pick your favourite turbans — it's going to be quite a ride.
17 to 20 December at The Fields at Siam Country in Pattaya. More details here.