Best EDM Festivals in Asia
Wish you could be working on maintaining that sweet summer tan this winter rather than freezing your toes off? Well fear no more because Asia awaits you with its slew of tropical beaches, year-round bikini weather, and some of the most unique EDM music festivals you’ve ever come across. Seriously, get packing!
It’s The Ship
Ever partied for like a week straight on a ship? Well, it’s time to change that this November! Asia’s largest music festival at sea, It’s The Ship takes ravers on a sea-mingly unforgettable fiesta while whisking them off to some of South-East Asia’s hottest travel destinations – think Genting, think Phuket. Enjoy live performances by wacky and wonderful artists like Hot Dub Time Machine, Chocolate Puma, and Moksi while cannonballing into the sprawling pools at midnight. And if you need a break from the partying, you can always head, mimosa in hand, to the deck of this luxurious cruise ship to sunbathe because this is an EDM festival-cum-vacation like no other. With themed parties and indulgent restaurants galore, there’s never a dull moment on board The Ship!
Electric Daisy Carnival Japan
You may’ve partied till the sun came up, but have you ever partied in the land of the rising sun? It’s time you paid Japan a visit because Electric Daisy Carnival Tokyo’s calling your name! Sprawling across Zozo Marine Stadium and Makuhari Beach Park, this installation of EDC stands out for providing a rave experience enhanced by signature Japanese hospitality and the abundance of delicious local street food available on-site to over 80,000 international EDM fans. And since it’s held in mid-May, before the major heat waves hit, you’ll be able to groove to ARTBAT, Major Lazer, Vini Vici, and Camelphat without wanting to melt.
If Sunburn was a thing back in his day, I’m sure Columbus would’ve managed to follow the lights to the right subcontinent because this music festival is as lit as it gets! Proudly holding the title of Asia’s biggest music festival with attendance pushing past 350,000, Sunburn boasts state-of-the-art sound systems that attract attendees from all around the globe. Typically hosted around Decemeber in Goa, India’s party capital, Sunburn Festival provides the perfect escape from the mundanities of daily life with a truly diverse line-up that’s sure to take your breath away. From big names like The Chainsmokers and DJ Snake to up-and-coming musical maestros like Laughing Buddha and Designer Hippies – everyone’s sure to find their
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If living it up to DJ Snake, Afrojack and The Martinez Brothers against the backdrop of one of Asia’s most iconic urban destinations sounds like a good summer break to you, then this is the music festival for you! With top-quality production and special effects fit for a king, be whisked away into EDM heaven this June at Ultra Korea. It’s simple: for an ultra-soulful time, head over to Ultra Seoul! Quick – take a mighty swig of soju, and hit the dance floor.
Craving a break from the buzz of city-life but don’t want to give up partying? Hop on down to the sun-kissed shores of Southern Vietnam’s Phu Quoc Island for some unparalleled EDM magic this new year’s eve. With internationally acclaimed artists pouring in from every corner of the world to grace its sexy moonlit stage, Epizode will have you falling in love with the genre even further. Look out for DOTT, Zig Zach, Hibiya Line and other front-runners in the Asian EDM scene while relishing the appearance of fan-favorites like Lilly Palmer and William Djoko. After a fortnight of dancing the night away in this slice of heaven, you’ll be reluctant to take the flight back home.
I bet Bangkok, a true cultural hotspot, is already on your travel bucket-list. And if it isn’t, 808 Festival is sure to make you change your mind real soon! With a reputation of being one of the most innovative and exciting EDM festivals out there, 808 managed to more than quadruple its attendance to over 15,000 visitors within three years of its establishment in 2013, and has continued to win the hearts of rave seekers worldwide by striking the perfect balance between dynamic new local acts like Napakorn and Ninegod, as well as international classics such as Steve Aoki, Zedd and Skrillex every December.
Sonar Hong Kong
Gracing one of the continent’s most remarkable urban landscapes every April, Sonar Hong Kong is an EDM festival that wonderfully embodies the progressive and eclectic nature of the city it is held in. Other than presenting an epic line-up of EDM elite like Thundercat and John Talabot, this festival prides itself on providing a technologically cutting-edge experience for attendees as well, with captivating virtual reality installations and interactive art exhibits woven into the performances. For a refreshingly new take on the classic rave, give Hong Kong a go!
Electrical Daisy Carnival Korea
If good music for the soul’s something you crave, then Seoul’s the answer! Even if you’ve been to EDC in the States, I can guarantee that EDC Korea will blow your mind with its unique amalgamation of ornate sets, jaw-dropping attractions and internationally acclaimed artists. Offering a one-of-a-kind theme-park style experience, EDC Korea lets adventure junkies literally combine the thrill of riding a rollercoaster with the goosebump-inducing anticipation of witnessing your favourite EDM idols like Alesso and KSHMR in action. Held at the very end of August, this incredible music festival proves to be the best way to kiss summer goodbye and ring in fall.
Electric Daisy Carnival Guangdong
One of the newest ventures of EDC, the Guangdong edition has quickly become an absolute fan-favorite because of its extravagant firework displays and ability to deliver a multi-sensory, immersive experience year upon year. The magnificent Chimelong International Ocean Tourist Resort in China’s Guangdong province is transformed into a practically cinematic backdrop for an unforgettable EDM getaway every November. With headliners as wild and wacky as Yellow Claw and Marshmello, you know you’re in for a good time!
What’s better than getting VIP passes to a star-studded Ultra event? Why, getting VIP passes to a star-studded Ultra event in Japan, of course! Conjure up some mid-September magic at this gloriously extravagant musical bonanza while you groove to the beat of The Chainsmokers, ILLENIUM, or Gud Vibrations, singing your heart out with the lovely new people you’ll befriend here. Kill two birds with one stone when you attend Ultra Japan because, with 100,000 people in attendance, you’ll not only be at the country’s largest EDM festival but also be experiencing the enchanting Tokyo Park of Odiabo, a high-tech, tourist must-see. Come for the music, stay for the view.
Still dreaming of your straight-out-of-a-movie tropical getaway? Hurry and map out your next Asian EDM festival trail right here, right now!