The 11 Music Festivals In Asia You Need To Experience This 2018

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Get ready for some head-banging at the best music festivals in Asia. From punk rock to hip hop to K-pop, there is something for everybody!

Girls and boys, get ready for some banging time in the next few months because music festivals in Asia are about to kickstart. Finally, we can all get a taste of Coachella! And mind you, the line-up of festivals gets better each year. Best to catch at least one of them for a musical experience of a lifetime! 

So if you're planning to rock out at one of the music festivals in Asia, here are few that should definitely be on your list. 

1. We The Fest

 

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This music festival in Asia, specifically in Jakarta, is a celebration of music, arts, fashion, and food. There will be a roster of acts from indie and rock to pop and hip-hop.

When and where: 20-22 July 2018, Jakarta, Indonesia

Headliners (2017): The Kooks, Kodaline, Phoenix, Big Sean

Tickets start at: S$85

2. Good Vibes

 

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Good Vibes Festival is held on a picturesque hill above Kuala Lumpur. It has been the biggest music festival in the region to showcase both international and local talent. This year's special because of headliners such as Lorde, alt-J, ODESZA, The Neighbourhood who basically are on our playlists, on repeat.

When and where: 21-22 July 2018, Gohtong Jaya, Malaysia

Headliners: Lorde, alt-J, ODESZA, The Neighbourhood

Tickets start at: S$136

3. Valley Rock Festival

 

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This is a music festival in Asia is strongly connected with Japan's famous Fuji Rock Festival. This one, however, has a more diverse roster of artists from the European and North American music. So while there's a lot to watch out for we would like to warn you that going to this festival won't be cheap. 

When and where: July 2018, Jisan Resort, South Korea

Headliners (2017): Major Lazer, Sigur Rós, Gorillaz, Lorde

Tickets start at: S$16,000

4. Fuji Rock Festival

 

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Of course, this list won't be complete without Asia's best-known music festival across the world. This year's lineup is more punk rock and a trip down memory lane. So if you're a Millennial who loves punk rock, this is the place to be.

When and where: 27-29 July, Naeba Ski Resort, Japan Incheon

Headliners (2017): Gorillaz, Aphex Twin, Björk

Tickets start at: S$240

5. Pentaport Rock Festival

 

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This one's an Asian music festival where Indie, rock, dance, and metal music artists share the stage in South Korea's biggest outdoor festival.  To be honest, we're mostly excited for Bastille! 

When and where: August 2018, Incheon, South Korea

Headliners: Bastille, Justice [live], Idiotape, DNCE 

Tickets start at: S$103

6. Rock in Japan

 

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Another music festival in Japan, Rock Japan, highlights J-Rock and J-Pop stars. We think this is a pretty good rival to the other international music festivals in, and a good avenue for everyone to appreciate Japanese artists. 

When and where: 4-5 & 11-12 August 2018, Hitachi Seaside Park, Japan

Headliners (2017): Radwimps, The Back Horn, Little Glee Monster, 

Tickets start at: S$170

7. Summer Sonic

 

Japan's Summer Sonic has been on the Asian music festival world map since 2000. While each year you can expect a lot of dance and head-banging music this year's lineup, however, is more general and doesn't include your typical dance tunes. 

When and where: 18-19 August 2018, Zozo Marine Stadium & Makuhari Messe, Tokyo; Mizu Sonic Park (Mai Sports Island), Osaka

Headliners: Beck, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Chance the Rapper, Nine Inch Nails

Tickets start at: S$193

8. World Club Dome Korea

 

From Frankfurt, Germany to Incheon, this music festival/stadium EDM always ends up as a history maker. Get ready to see 200 artists, from progressive house to underground techno sound, and dance to the beat all night long. 

When and where: 14-16 September 2018, Incheon, South Korea

Headliners (2017): Marshmello, Afrojack, Martin Garrix, Sven Väth

Tickets start at: S$129

9. Ultra Music Festival

 

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Miami's dance music event is now branching out to several Asian destinations particularly Seoul, Singapore, Bali, Shanghai, and Tokyo. So expect nothing but the best!

When and where: 8-10 June 2018, Seoul, South Korea; September 2018, Singapore; September 2018, Bali, Indonesia; and September 2018, Shanghai, China; and 15-17 September, Tokyo, Japan

Headliners (2017): Hardwell, The Chainsmokers, Steve Angello, Carl Cox

Tickets start at: S$120

10. Clockenflap

 

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Hong Kong's veteran and biggest music festival is pretty different as it hinges on family-friendly films, visual and performance art, crafts and music--all happening in the heart of the city. 

When and where: 9-11 November 2018, Central Harbourfront, Hong Kong

Headliners (2017): Massive Attack, The Prodigy, Kaiser Chiefs, Fei

Tickets start at: S$140

11. Djakarta Warehouse Project

 

This Asian music festival brings the serious house/trance/EDM lineups to Indonesia, so expect a few wild days and nights of dancing. We guarantee that it will be historical. 

When and where: December 2018, Jakarta, Indonesia

Headliners (2017): Marshmello, Tiësto, Hardwell, Steve Aoki

Tickets start at: S$60

Have you decided which of these music festivals in Asia you're going to? We're definitely eyeing Good Vibes in Malaysia since the headliners have been on repeat on our playlist for quite some time now.

ODESZA is basically our writing anthem!

For an event like this, best to go with your favourite girl gang because there's more fun in numbers. Besides, you can take turns in taking photos. 

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