News — August 2, 2016 at 4:10 pm

Thailand has a brand new boutique arts and music festival coming this January


Thailand’s idyllic Koh Samui has been announced as the location for brand new music, arts and lifestyle festival Paradise Island; the first of its type on the island.


From January 7-8, Big Buddha Beach will be transformed into even more of a paradise, bringing revelers together for a celebration of music, arts and culture. Expect world class DJs, Thai performance art, traditional art, yoga classes, Thai massage and Thai cooking in addition to boat parties, secret after parties and scratch DJ comps at the inaugural edition of Paradise Island.

Along with the announcement of the festival itself, the first phase of the lineup has also been announced and will feature drum and bass legends Goldie and LTJ Bukem, hip hop pioneers De La Soul, Maribou State, Anchorsong and Mad Professor. Additional artists will be added to the lineup closer to the date but organizers are promising a broad range of musical styles including soul, funk, hip-hop, jazz, reggae, world music and a number of globe-conquering DJs.



Organized by UK-based Soundcrash, who have been delivering world class events across Europe and the UK for the past 10 years, the festival is the group’s first entry into the Asian market. Using their last beach festival, Soundwave in Croatia as inspiration, they have previously hosted artists like The Wailers, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Bonobo, Little Dragon and Jamie XX. Providing a welcome alternative to the Full Moon parties held at nearby Koh Phangan, bringing a world-class lineup that spans genres like soul, funk, hip-hop, reggae, dub and more.


In keeping with the same environmentally conscious themes of fellow Thai festival Wonderfruit, the event is expected to have a positive impact on the island, working closely with the local community to ensure that environmental sustainability, reforestation, nature conservation, positive tourism and spreading awareness is at the forefront of the festival. In addition to these initiatives, organizers will also set up Paradise Island Trust, which will fund scholarships and education programs for rural Thais.


Ticket prices have not been announced yet but they go on sale 10am August 12th through the Paradise Island website.