Summer music fests!


It’s the hot, sweaty season – and that means great bands, great shows and great tunes at alfresco extravaganzas across the globe. Anna Cummins and Cat Kiely round up the best Asian (and Australian) summer music fests

Rainforest World Music Festival

Rainforest World Music Festival, Malaysia
When: June 28-30
Where: Sarawak Cultural Village, Kuching, Malaysia
What: A festival that brings together world music from around the globe, as well as indigenous musicians from Borneo. In the afternoons, there are workshops, ethno-musical lectures, jam sessions and mini-concerts, and at night the performers hit the stage.

Lineup: Spiritual Season, Chet Nuneta, Shangyin Chinese Chamber Music Ensemble, Mohsen Sharifian & the Lian Band.
Tickets: Adult day pass is RM120 ($301) and RM330 ($831) for a three-day pass. 

Baybeats, Singapore
When: June 28-30
Where: The Esplanade, Singapore
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 Southeast Asian music. Local bands get the opportunity to audition before the fest – and seven are chosen to take part in a ‘mentorship programme’ and debut at the festival. 

Lineup: Tall Mountains, Asian Chairshot, Overthrown, These Brittle Bones, A Vacant Affair, Pastel Power.
Tickets: Free.

Hohaiyan Festival, Taiwan
When: July 10-14
Where: Fulong Beach, Gongliao, Taiwan
What: The biggest indie, punk and pop festival in Taiwan, also known as the Sea Music Festival, is always held at Fulong Beach.

Lineup: To be decided still – but expect rockin’ bands which are pretty big on the local scene as well as lucky competition winners who have won a slot at the fest, with awards given to the best of them, along with a raft of cash prizes
worth up to a whopping NT$200,000 ($52,109). Rock on!
Tickets: Free.


Fuji Rock, Japan

Fuji Rock, Japan
WhenJuly 26-28
WhereNaeba Ski Resort, Niigata, Japan
WhatOne of Asia’s biggest music festivals, Fuji Rock annually brings in amazing international acts.

LineupWhile the headliners aren’t
as exciting as last year’s Radiohead, there’s still a packed roster, including the return of 80s favourites, The Cure. Also catch Nine Inch Nails, Skrillex, Bjork, Jurassic 5, The xx, Mumford & Sons, Yo La Tengo and Tame Impala.
Tickets: From this year, those living outside Japan can only purchase day tickets. They cost JPY18,800 ($1,455) per day. (Jap); (Eng) 

Ansan Valley Rock, South Korea
WhenJuly 26-28
WhereJisan Forest Resort, Icheon-si, South Korea
WhatA great alternative to the packed Japanese festivals, Ansan Valley benefits from much of the through traffic heading to Fuji. This year it brings in Brit legends The Cure, as well as smaller international acts under a lesser price tag.

LineupThe Cure, The xx, Stereophonics, Foals, Hurts,
achime, Yellowcard.
Tickets: Three-day tickets are
KRW200,000 ($1,390).


Splendour in the Grass

Splendour in the Grass, Australia 
WhenJuly 26-28 
WhereNorth Byron Parklands, Byron Bay, Australia
WhatThe big name When: it comes to Australia’s winter music fests, Splendour this year marks its fifth anniversary with a new home.

Lineup: An indie-tastic affair, with Mumford & Sons, James Blake, The National, Frank Ocean, Of Monsters and Men, Laura Marling, Klaxons, Babyshambles. 
TicketsUnfortunately, they all sold out this year in record time. Get in early for next year: three-day passes are around AU$360 ($2,695).


Busan International Rock Festival

Busan International Rock Festival, South Korea
When: August 2-4
Where: Busan, South Korea
What: This is the 14th edition of the successful rock, indie and metal festival which is held close to the beach each August in South Korea’s second largest city, Busan. Some international acts do appear but the main noisemakers usually hail from the local scene. 

Line-up: No Brain, Stratovarius, Crying Nut, Kim Bada, Toxic, Dickpunks. Tickets: Free.

Incheon Pentaport Rock Fest, South Korea
When: August 2-4
Where: Incheon, South Korea
What: One of the biggest live music events in Korea, with an interesting mix of local bands and international names. The fest’s five main themes are passion, music, being eco friendly, friendship and DIY. A variety of dynamic music genres are found, with most falling under the rock and electronic banners.

Lineup: The Big Pink, Suede, Glasvegas, Fall Out Boy, Blood Red Shoes, Skid Row, YB, Steelheart.
Tickets: A three-day pass costs KRW148,500 ($1,032).

Formoz Festival, Taiwan
When: August 3-4
Where: Taipei Flora Expo Park, Taiwan
What: The Formoz Festival had humble beginnings as a street fest but quickly spawned into a multi-stage event attracting thousands of fans each year who turn up to see the range of acts on offer, usually including a few big international names. Also look out for groups who made it through the Hong Kong Band Sound auditions.

Lineup: Suede, The xx, The Big Pink, Mercury Rev, Evile, Blood Red Shoes, The Antlers, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, Nosaj Thing, Porno Graffiti.
Tickets: A one-day ticket is NT$2800 ($728), two days cost NT$3900 ($1,015). Booking in advance will save you a little money.

Summer Sonic, Japan
WhenAugust 10-11
WhereTokyo: QVC Marine Field and the Markuhari Messe in ChibaCity. Osaka: Maishima
WhatJapan’s second three-day festival, held simultaneously in Chiba and Osaka, is a great alternative to Fuji Rock, with a strong lineup of Japanese artists and international acts like the inimitable Metallica! 

LineupMetallica, Fall Out Boy,
Linkin Park, MIA, Muse, Two Door Cinema Club, Carly Rae Jensen, Imagine Dragons.
TicketsJPY15,500 ($1,206) for a
one-day pass, JPY28,000 ($2,170) for the weekend.

Parklife, Australia
When: September 28-October 6
Where: Across Australia: Adelaide, Gold Coast, Perth, Sydney, Melbourne
What: Okay, not strictly being held during the summer – but it’s worth planning your trip now. Conceived 13 years ago as a way to enjoy outdoor music in the city, this fest has grown to encompass a series of gigs in five locations across Australia at around the same time each year. The lineup includes electronic and indie rock music from international acts, and also supports an eclectic range of local bands too. 

Lineup: Yet to be announced 
Tickets: Not announced yet but tickets should cost about AU$150-200 ($1,119-$1,496).

Best of the rest
Other summer fests across the globe

Glastonbury Festival, UK
Headliners: Arctic Monkeys, Mumford & Sons, The Rolling Stones.
Jun 26-30, $2,438, Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset, England;

Roskilde Festival, Denmark
Headliners: Kraftwerk, Metallica, The National, Rihanna, Slipknot.
Jun 29-Jul 7, $2,602-$2,738, Festivalpladsen, Darupvej 19, DK-4000 Roskilde, Denmark;

Festival Internacional de Benicàssim, Spain
Headliners: Arctic Monkeys, The Killers, Beady Eye, Queens of the Stone Age.
Jul 18-21, $1,784, Benicassim, Castelló, Costa Azahar, Spain;

Lollapalooza, USA
Headliners: The Cure, Mumford & Sons, The Killers, Nine Inch Nails.
Aug 2-4, $1,823, Grant Park, Chicago, USA,

Off Festival Katowice, Poland
Headliners: My Bloody Valentine, Smashing Pumpkins.
Aug 2-4, $454, Dolina Trzech Stawów, Silesia, Katowice, Poland;

Osheaga Festival, Canada
Headliners: The Cure, Beck,
Mumford & Sons, New Order, The Lumineers, Hot Chip.
Aug 2-4, $1,793, Parc Jean-Drapeau, Montreal, Quebec, Canada;

Oyafestivalen, Norway
Headliners: Blur, Wu-Tang Clan.
Aug 6-10, $1,487, Middelalderparken, Gamle Oslo, Oslo, Norway;

V Festival, UK
Headliners: Beyonce, Kings of Leon, The Script, Calvin Harris.
Aug 17-18, $2,200, Hylands Park, Writtle, Chelmsford, Essex, UK;

Headliners: My Bloody Valentine, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, TV On The Radio, MGMT.
Aug 24-25, $768, LA State Historic Park, Los Angeles, USA;

Add your comment