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Bali Blues Amongst Asia’s Best

From Singapore to Vietnam to Bali, music festivals around Asia are well worth the journey. There’s nothing quite as exciting as live outdoor concerts in spectacular settings.
 
The Bali Blues Festival (BBF) has gone from strength to strength, attracting a loyal following throughout the region. In its fifth year, BBF headlined big names from the local music scene including Gugun Blues Shelter, Balawan, Bardogs, Crazy Horse, Blues Community, Endah N Rhesa and Bali’s own, Gus Teja.
 
The two-day festival enjoys a location considered one of the island’s most admired, the Peninsula, a park-like retreat next to the sea. It is ideal as an outdoor music venue, and also serves as a popular weekend spot for locals and guests staying at nearby resorts.
 
Other festivals in the region to look for include:
 
Garden Beats Festival, Singapore
Held in March over a single day of live music, Garden Beats is wellness-oriented with a focus on “conscious” workshops and inspiring talks. It is considered Singapore’s first carbon neutral music festival. The eclectic event features International and local acts, combining disco, funk and R&B.

Sonar Festival, Hong Kong
Held in April at the Hong Kong Science Park, the festival - its roots are in in Barcelona - merges music, creativity and technology, and is well liked  by electronic music fans, creative people and those who simply appreciate cultural collaboration.

S2O Songkran Music Festival, Thailand

Held in April over two days, the festival uniquely brings together dance music with a traditional Thai watering which means everybody gets soaked. Each year S2O features outstanding DJs who don't mind getting wet. Songkran is Thailand’s most famous festival. An important event on the Buddhist calendar marking the beginning of the traditional Thai New Year.
 
Good Vibes Festival, Malaysia
Held over two days in July at Gohtong Jaya Ranch in the Genting Highlands, the festival features the best of Indie sounds from both local and international artists.

International Jazz Festival, Singapore
The Singapore International Jazz Festival (SingJazz) brings together local and international artists for one giant festival that is particularly appreciated for its jazz, blues, soul, bluegrass and swing bands, In previous years the festival welcomed such pedigree artists as David Foster, Basement Jaxx, Corinne Bailey Rae, Incognito and others.

 
We The Fest, Indonesia
One of Jakarta’s most awaited annual events, the festival, held over three days in July, features indie music, arts, fashion and food with past performance from Phoenix, Dua Lipa, Azealia Banks, Kimbra, Rich Chigga. The first event in 2014 was held at Parkir Timur Senayan, and in 2017 the festival was moved to Jakarta International Expo Kemayoran.
 
Fuji Rock Festival, Japan
Location is everything. A three-day rock festival held in July in a setting to remember - the top class Naeba Ski Resort in Niigata Prefecture. The massive festival typically crams in up to 200 Japanese and international musicians, making it the largest outdoor music event in the country.

Epizode, Vietnam
Held over 11 days from December through to January on Phu Quoc Island, music lovers can party from one year to the next. The event combines beaches and soul stirring sunsets with art. Epizode is really two festivals devoted to music and art with a mission to bring the latest electronic music trends to Asia.

The Rainforest World Musical Festival, Malaysia
The Rainforest World Music Festival is an annual three-day music event held in Kuching, Sarawak in July. It celebrates the diversity of world music, alongside daytime music workshops, cultural displays, craft displays, food stalls, and main-stage evening concerts.
 
The festival features a wide range of performances from traditional music, to world fusion and contemporary world music. The festival highlights the use of traditional acoustic world instruments.
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  • FRONTIERS VOL. #5|
  • 01 Juli 2019|