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Popular Asian Music Festivals

Popular Asian Music Festivals

Asia Music Festivals are cultural & musical events featuring artistes and musicians from Asian countries namely from India, Korea, Indonesia, Brunei Philippines and Malaysia.

Asian Music and Culture Festivals are the biggest and most important events of the regional culture. The festival is dedicated to promoting an understanding and appreciation of music in contemporary Asia through an annual series of concerts and academic activities. Asian music festivals are perfect for those who seek some new beats and tunes. Increasingly, organizers of such events are focusing on locale as much as the acts themselves and the following list of festivals offer a sampling of Asia’s best. The Asia Music Festivals promise the most electrifying eclectic mix of live music on stage comprising bands from the Asian region. Asia Music Festivals are cultural & musical events featuring artistes and musicians from Asian countries namely from India, Korea, Indonesia, Brunei Philippines and Malaysia. The concert will showcase traditional and modern Asian music, incorporating traditional instruments such as erhu, koto, and zheng pipa into unique settings. Browse our favourite cultural music festivals list:

Top Asian Music Festivals

Baybeats Music Festival

What Covering every alt-genre imaginable from hardcore metal to shoegaze, Baybeats is one of the biggest music festivals in Singapore and gives a platform to South East Asian music. Local bands getting the opportunity to audition before the festival, and seven are chosen to take part in a “mentorship program” and debut at the fest.

Rainforest World Music Festival

Rainforest Music Festival

BaliSpirit Festival

A festival for those looking for a change of pace, the BaliSpirit Festival is a five-day, four-night celebration of world music, yoga and dance. With over 6,000 attendees and over a 100 presenters from 47 countries in 2011, the 5th edition in 2012 certainly has the bar set high for itself. For the socially and ecologically conscious among us, it is interesting that the Festival has consistently pursued interesting initiatives such as contributing to non-profit organisations, HIV/AIDS outreach initiatives and environmental restoration activities.

Rainforest World Music Festival

Set in the atmospheric heart of the Borneo Jungle, Sarawak, this annual festival is a must attend event for all music-lovers! Each day there are informative workshops, ethno-musical lectures, jamming sessions and mini-concerts that allow festival-goers to interact with the musicians up close and personal. You’ll be moved through beats and rhythms that’ll culminate each night in a five-hour concert line-up on the main stage next to the lake, under the open sky. Buy a cheap guitar in Bangkok, and get involved with this unique musical event.

ZoukOut (Singapore)

No stranger to the tens of thousands of clubbers out for a great weekend (as well as exasperated family members, special others and bored friends), Singapore swells during the two-day ZoukOut dance music fest in December, Asia’s biggest dance fest. Already nearing 15 years now, you can always expect the very best global DJs spinning in Singapore for ZoukOut, along with a bunch of other big-name acts to draw you in. Frequently topping Singaporeans’ party-of-the-year lists, Zoukout is one of the rare few times revellers get to fully unleash themselves and unwind.

Sonar Festival Tokyo

Sónar is a mashup of music and film and video, all rolled into one big multimedia festival. The confirmed dates for the 2014 Sónar Festival in Tokyo are April. You get installation art, audiovisual concerts, and medialab presentations next to DJ sets, electronic music, film and more. It’s the new media jet set in the heart of Asia.

Ansan Valley Rock Festival

What A great alternative to the packed Japanese festivals, Ansan Valley in South Korea benefits from much of the through traffic heading to Fuji and are also bringing in The Cure, as well as a smaller, but decent line up of international acts (see below) for a lesser price tag, and probably less crowds as well.

Clockenflap (Hong Kong)

Rock, art, cabaret. It’s easy to compare Hong Kong’s Clockenflap to the likes of Coachella — they share a lot of the same revellers — but this homegrown particular arts and music event is at once very Hong Kong and very global, too. The tiny island-state’s marquee music event, Clockenflap attracts the very best of international indie rock musicians and electronica acts as well as up-and-coming regional stars. Hailed by popular music paper NME for its influence in putting Chinese acts on the world map, Clockenflap is also famous for its extensive media section, including screenings of local movies.

Mosaic Music Festival

Mosaic Festival drew crowds of over 80,000 people last year and featured over 60 free performances out of a total of around 100. With previous performing artists at the Festival including the Duke Ellington Orchestra, Karsh Kale, Midival Punditz, Au Revoir Simon, Rachael Yamagata, Buddy Guy and Yo La Tengo, this seems like a perfect reason for a Spring visit to Singapore.

Ultra Music Festival Korea

Ultra Music Festival 2015 in Korea is a hook up of electronic musicians and minds, gathered together for music, experimentation, and partying. Swimming pools, worldwide DJ’s, and party people gather in Seoul, Korea for the ultimate music festival.

Java Jazz Festival (Jakarta, Indonesia)

As one of the world’s biggest cities, Jakarta has been aching for a top tourist draw: Java Jazz is the one. “Bringing the world to Indonesia”, as their motto asserts, there aren’t many better jazz events in the entire world, not just Southeast Asia. Sultry Senayan makes a great venue for the three-day festival that boasts the excellent likes of James Brown, David Sanborn, Earth Wind & Fire, and Jamie Cullum. With cheap flights all over Asia to Jakarta, there’s no reason why you should miss this feast for the ears.

Fuji Rock Festival

The Fuji Rock Festival is set on a ski resort on Mt Fuji in Japan in what has got to be one of the most ideal settings for a music festival – it takes place in a thicket of lush forests, streams, and hills.

Bangkok’s International Festival of Dance & Music (Bangkok, Thailand)

Sounds like a rave, right? Not quite. The BIFDM distances itself from all the things you may instantly associate with wild Bangkok (rowdy backpackers, Patpong) to focus on opera, ballet, classical music, and performance art. Every festival in the region claims to be “East meets West”, but no other event does it with as much cleverness as Bangkok’s International Festival of Dance & Music. Think understated stagings of the Swan Lake played back to back with towering, expressive performances of the Ramakien. Stretching its events across two months, the more cultured ones among us will certainly appreciate.

Summer Sonic

Japan’s second three day festival, held simultaneously in Chiba and Osaka, is another great alternative to Fuji Rock, with a strong line up of both Japanese artists and big-name international acts including M.I.A and Two Door Cinema Club.

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