Artists / Bands, Buzz, Events, News — November 18, 2014 at 7:58 pm

Top 10 Music Festivals In Asia Before 2015


Whether you’re after a chilled out stage with a hand picked selection of indie artists or a raging three day EDM party to dance your nights away, there’s no shortage of awesome festivals across Asia between now and the end of the year. Here’s our pick of some of the biggest music festivals happening across all of Asia before we bring in 2015.



15 November
Malaysia International Exhibition and Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur
By invitation only


After successful events in Ho Chi Minh City and Penang, H.Artistry is set to bring their signature Global Art of Mixing party back to Kuala Lumpur. Headlining the experience is UK based hip hop artist Tinie Tempah, US pop outfit MKTO and Japanese hip hop group Cream while home grown acts Imma *bleep* Youup and Paperplane Pursuit will also be performing. The only catch? You can’t buy tickets – you’ll have to head to one of their ‘participating outlets‘ to beg borrow or steal one for this one off show.


It’s The Ship

21 November – 25 November
Singapore – Lankawi – Singapore
Bed in a 5 day cabin costs between $538 – $4028

its the ship asia boat partySlightly better than your dad’s dinghy

Following the phenomenal success of Miami’s now iconic Holy Ship parties, Asia has its very own epic boat party with the maiden voyage of It’s The Ship in late November. The team behind Future Music Festival Asia is set to make history on a massive voyage aboard the world-class Royal Caribbean cruise liner. Asia’s largest music festival on a cruise merges both the relaxed atmosphere of a vacation and an epic experience of a music festival with 3,800 like-minded people as it cruises from Singapore to a raging private beach party in Langkawi and then back to port in Singapore 5 days later.
If you tire of partying (for some strange reason), enjoy the cruise’s facilities: go rock climbing on the 200-foot wall, swim in the pools (there are ten in total), go ice skating in the ‘first ever ice rink at sea’ and many others.


Sketchers Sundown Festival

22 November
Marina Promenade (Next to Singapore Flyer)
One day ticket costs $110

Sketchers Sundown Festival 2014 is an iconic music festival which brings Asian artists from across the continent onto a singular platform, celebrating and bridging the diverse Asian culture through music and food. Spreading and extending its reach every year, the festival in 2014 will be featuring artists from 11 countries showcasing the best local talent from each country. The one day event is held on the tranquil surrounds of Marina Promenade and promises to be the perfect fix for a lazy Saturday in Singapore.

Catch the best of Asian music at Sketchers Sundown Festival


Quest Festival

November 28 – 30
Son Tinh Camp, Ba Vi
3 Day camping tickets cost $33
Now in its second year and third iteration, Quest Festival is one of the first multi day music festivals to take place in Vietnam and by far the best value for money on this list. The music, arts and lifestyle festival is held on the banks of an idyllic lake in Ba Vi, around 50 kilometres outside of Hanoi. The event is host to a number of local bands, DJs and performance artists from Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and beyond, all coming together for a three day celebration of community, arts and music.

quest festival hanoi vietnam



West Kowloon Cultural District
Hong Kong
November 28 -30
3 Day tickets cost $165

The West Kowloon Cultural District comes alive for the next installment of Hong Kong’s iconic Clockenflap festival. The family friendly event integrates film, music, art and animation with an aim to nurturing the Hong Kong cultural scene and is the flagship musical event for Hong Kong. Since 2008, the festival has attracted the best in local and international talent and now is attended by in excess of 20,000 people. This year’s headliners include Tenacious D, Flaming Lips, Mogwai, The Vaccines, Kool and the Gang, Chvches,Nitin Sawhney, Ozomatli and more across the three days. Tickets are available for individual days performances or for the whole three day spectacular.

Clockenflap – Weird name, great festival



Genting Highlands, Kuala Lumpur
December 6
One day ticket costs $48urbanscapes malaysia

Situated in the Genting highlands approximately 50 kilometres from the hustle and bustle (and the heat) of Kuala Lumpur, Urbanscapes is back this year with a hand selected group of artists to play at the boutique festival. Since the beginning in 2002, Urbanscapes has consistently attracted the best of local talent and headlining superstars like this year’s headliners Kimbra and Local Natives. It’s the perfect weekend getaway for music lovers in KL!


Zouk Out

Siloso Beach, Sentosa
12 – 13 December
2 Day tickets cost $208

Zouk has been a clubbing institution in Singapore delivering an innovative and progressive clubbing environment and is consistently voted as one of the best clubs in South-east Asia. Having hosted the who’s who of superstar DJs like Carl Cox, Avicii, Hardwell, Derrick May and more, Zouk have moved beyond the confines of their four walls and created a spectacular experience through the establishment of Zouk Out.

Catch all the madness from last year’s Zouk Out

41,000 people attended the last edition of Zouk Out to experience two days of the best electronic dance music that can be offered. With the best International artists gracing the decks, and a diversity of sounds from Electro to Trance to Techno to House being laid down, the outing also gives partygoers a chance to experience that breath-taking first light in the morning as the last beat stops, right at sunrise…



Chonburi province, Bangkok
December 19 – 21
3 day camping tickets cost $201

wonderfruit festival thailand

Wonderfruit is a new project launched by the original team that conceived the Secret Garden Party and Wilderness festivals in the UK. The three day festival is more than just a music festival, it aims to promote the values of opportunity, sustainability and reciprocation to bring awareness to social and environmental concerns in Thailand.

Set to take place in Chonburi province southeast of Bangkok, Wonderfruit has a “something for everyone” approach to the music: with a diverse range of acts on the line-up ranging from EDM electro and house to reggae, punk, folk and blues. Groove to the Over 100 hours of entertainment are on offer along with banquet dinners, spa treatments and boutique camping if you’re looking for a more indulgent camping experience.


Sunburn Festival

Vastagor, Goa
27 – 29 December
3 day tickets cost $264

As Asia’s largest 3 day electronic music festival, Sunburn Goa acts as the perfect haven for those hoping to escape cooler climates and fully immerse themselves in world-class electronic music. Not only does Sunburn provide the perfect soundtrack to round-off the year, but festival goers can also let loose with a range of adrenaline powered activities such as bungee jumping, volleyball and zorbing, offering the ultimate holiday experience.

Now in its eighth year, 150,000 people descend upon Goa each year to bring the greatest electronic music artists in the world for this incredible festival. Last year, the likes of Tiesto, Hardwell, Afrojack and Avicii set the dancefloor on fire across seven arenas and we can only expect this year’s 8th edition to be just as grand.


St Jerome’s Laneway Festival

The Meadow, Gardens By The Bay, Singapore
January 24
One day ticket costs $165

Okay, well it might not still be happening in 2014, but St Jerome’s Laneway Festival shouldn’t be omitted from the list. One of the best exports to come from Melbourne Australia, Laneway’s lineups of cutting edge acts has seen swathes of music fans from neighbouring countries flock to the Singapore edition. Now returning for a triumphant fifth year, more than 10,000 festival goers are expected at the idyllic venue -The Meadow, Gardens By The Bay. A genre busting lineup features a slew of artists that could easily sell out their own tours including Chet Faker, Little Dragon, Mac Demarco, Pond and Royal Blood taking turns enthralling music lovers on January 24th.

laneway fest