5 music festivals in Asia to attend before the year ends

26 July 2016

wonderfruit festival music thailand_1600
Make the most out of the year with these amazing music and art festivals around Asia. | Image: Wonderfruit Festival

Mark those calendars and book those tickets. As the second half of 2016 blazes by, take a moment to stop, observe and plan your weekends well.

In search of injecting as much music, art and culture as possible into our lives, from Hong Kong to Malaysia, we’ve handpicked five music festivals in Asia for the year end’s cultural bucket list.

Rainforest World Music Festival

Sarawak, Malaysia

rwmf festival malaysia

For those looking to escape the city buzz for the weekend, Rainforest World Music Festival is the ideal getaway that combines nature, music and culture. The 19th Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF) will be taking place over three days from 5 to 7 August 2016.

Set at the foot of Mount Santubong in the Sarawak Cultural Village, Sarawak, Malaysia, RWMF will feature acts from around the world, including Latvia’s Auli, Ethiopia’s Krar Collective, Norway’s Vassvik, Malaysia’s Alena Murang and her mentor Mathew Ngau Jau, and perhaps the most global  percussion trio of the lineup, Violons Barbares consisting of musicians from Bulgaria, Mongolia and France. More information on RWMF 2016.

Good Vibes

Genting Highlands, Pahang, Malaysia

good vibes festival malaysia

Happening over two days from 12 to 13 August 2016 at The Ranch @ Gohtong Jaya, Genting Highlands, Malaysia, Good Vibes returns with a string of international acts. Having previously hosted the likes of Ellie Golding, The Smashing Pumpkins and Empire of the Sun, this year’s lineup will welcome artist including The 1975, Two Door Cinema Club, Angus & Julia Stone, The Temper Trap and Tak-Ku. Check out the full Good Vibes 2016 lineup on the Good Vibes website.

Summer Sonic

Osaka and Tokyo, Japan

summer sonic festival japan copy

An urban mix of of indie, punk, alternative, rock and electronic, for those who missed out on Fuji Rock this year, Summer Sonic is the ultimate excuse to make that trip to Japan. Happening simultaneously in Osaka and Tokyo, from 20 to 21 August, the weekend music festival will feature the likes of Fergie, Weezer, Radiohead, Two Door Cinema Club, The Jacksons, The Offspring and Pentatonic. Check out the full lineup on the Summer Sonic website.


Hong Kong


A music and arts festival dedicated to curating and creating a life worth living, Clockenflap is one festival to get inspired. The festival addresses all senses featuring performance art, visual art, film, arts and crafts. Plus, pop-up restaurants and bars by some of Hong Kong’s most popular venues.

Happening from 25 to 27 November 2016, Hong Kong’s largest and longest-running outdoor arts and music festival, since 2008, the three-day event will feature the likes of Icelandic trio Sigur Ros, Foals, Taiwan’s Cheer Chen, Japan’s Sekai No Owari and Fat Freddy’s Drop from New Zealand. For more information, visit the Clockenflap website.

Wonderfruit Festival

Pattaya, Thailand

wonderfruit music festival

As if Thailand needs another excuse to be a holiday destination, the inaugural Wonderfruit Festival returns for its third year at Pattaya, Thailand. Happening from 15 to 18 December, expect a three-day festival with sustainability and cross-cultural themes through music, art, workshops and wellness.

We’re loving the vibe already and can’t wait to see who will be taking centerstage and educating the crowd this year in its interactive installations. Keep an eye on the Wonderfruit Festival website for updates.

See also: What you need to know about the new Google Art & Culture app

Written by Dee May

Related Shows

Japan Authentic

Japan Authentic

Tuesday 10:00 PM (MY/SIN/HK)

For you who are searching for a unique cultural...


Stopover: Bangkok

Life Inspired proudly presents Stopover: Bangkok, as we go...


Stopover: Jakarta

Life Inspired’s signature travel series ‘Stopover’ returns with Indo-French...