This article was written in collaboration with CLEO.
We’ve blinked and somehow we’re already in 2019. Seriously though, where did all the time go?! Last year, we’ve been lucky to have so many incredible music acts hit up our shores. Aside from all the sold-out solo shows from the likes of LANY, Bruno Mars and Dua Lipa, we also had Good Vibes Festival which saw some of the biggest names in music, all in one spot.
During this new year, we thought, what better time than now to start checking out all the music festivals in the region that we can hit up this year? So, browse through our roundup and start saving (both your funds and leave days) cause they’re all just too good to miss out on.
1. Epizode Festival
Epizode Festival. (Image: Instagram)
Part music festival, part tropical escape, fly to the gorgeous island of Phú Quốc and kickstart your 2019 at the incredible 12-day (yeap, double digits!) beachfront fiesta. Serving up some of the top names in the underground and techno music scene, Epizode is the epitome of a beachside rager, complete with wooden dance floors and dancing barefoot til sunrise. Bonus points: when you’re not partying, take time to enjoy all the hidden Vietnamese paradise has to offer.
Tickets are still available here.
When: December 27 2019 – January 7 2020
Where: Phú Quốc, Vietnam
2. Laneway Festival
Laneway Festival. (Image: Facebook)
What originally started in Melbourne, Australia, St Jerome’s Laneway Festival or more commonly known as Laneway expanded into the Lion City in 2011 and has since grown into one of the popular indie music fests in the region. The 2018 edition featured the likes of acclaimed rapper-singer-producer Anderson Paak, alt R&B group The Internet and indie rocker Father John Misty. While the festival usually takes place in the first two months of the year, the Laneway Singapore Twitter account recently announced that the 2019 edition will be postponed to later in the year, so stay tuned.
When: TBA (usually January / February)
Where: The Meadow, Gardens by the Bay in Singapore
3. Ultra Singapore
Ultra Singapore. (Image: Instagram)
Part of the massive Ultra Music Festival family (the original Ultra Miami garners more than 150,000 ravers in one weekend!), Ultra Singapore brings a taste of that EDM-loving ambience to our neighbouring country. Held over a weekend, the festival has brought in DJs like former world number one Hardwell and progressive trance act Above & Beyond.
When: 8 – 9 June 2019
Where: Ultra Park, 1 Bayfront Avenue in Singapore
4. Rainforest World Music Festival
Rainforest World Music Festival. (Image: Website)
For a more cultural experience spotlighting all kinds of music from across the globe, get a ticket to the Rainforest World Music Festival. Held in our own backyard (just a short plane ride away, really), this eclectic annual event features ethnic and folk music acts from all over through daytime music workshops, craft and cultural exhibitions and evening concerts. A seriously cool way to learn more about the world. #cultured
When: 12 – 14 July 2019
Where: Sarawak Cultural Village in Kuching, Malaysia
5. Good Vibes Festival
Good Vibes Festival. (Image: Instagram)
This one kinda needs no introduction as almost everyone in KL and beyond were at the annual highlands festival. This year, we had Lorde, SZA and Alt-J; last year, we were graced by Phoenix, Kodaline and ZHU—Good Vibes Festival is the one can’t-be-missed local music event.
When: 20 – 21 July 2019
Where: The Ranch, Gohtong Jaya in Pahang, Malaysia
6. We The Fest
We The Fest. (Image: The Honey Combers)
Held during the same weekend as Good Vibes Festival, We The Fest is Jakarta’s answer to a summer music festival. As of last year, the highly-anticipated event spans over three days and you’ll usually catch the same artists that perform at Good Vibes, plus a few more international acts. The festival also offers a wider range of brand activations and activities and this year, there was even a skate park and art village!
Think of it as Good Vibes but on a slightly larger scale—definitely a must-go for those of you that want a different festival experience but with the same quality line-up.
When: 19 – 21 July 2019
Where: Jiexpo Kemayoran in Jakarta, Indonesia
7. It’s The Ship
It’s The Ship. (Image: Instagram)
Picture this—four days on international waters in a massive cruise ship filled with thousands of other partygoers, non-stop parties and some of your favourite EDM artists. That’s basically It’s The Ship in a nutshell. For the past two years, the party ship has sailed from Singapore to Phuket and back to Singapore but the organisers have just announced that 2019 will also see the addition of It’s The Ship Japan and It’s The Ship China! If you’ve done your rounds of on-land festivals, then get on board this vessel for a one-of-a-kind experience.
To get updates on all 2019 sailings, join the waiting list here.
Where: On the open seas
Urbanscapes Festival. (Image: Freeform)
Malaysia’s longest-running creative arts festival gets a special mention in this roundup, thanks to some of the amazing acts they’ve brought in over the years. From Tame Impala and Clean Bandit to most recently, Khalid, the city-wide festival brings both international acts as well as regional favourites together and gives us another reason to be thankful for our lovely city.
When: TBA for the 2019 edition
Where: All around KL
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