Ajay Junaid
January 14, 2019
Reading Time: 4 Minutes

We wouldn’t want you to experience a Fyre-level festival fail, so we thought it might be worth your while to know which festivals are worth hitting up in 2019. Sunburn to Djakarta Warehouse Project, and Ultra Singapore to It’s the Ship Festival: Asia’s ever-present music scene is delivering an array of Electronic Dance Music Festivals in 2019.

Here is the definitive list of Asia’s best EDM Festivals.

S20 Songkran Festival

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Ticket Price: $ 

Dates: April 13 - 15, 2019

2018 Line-up Highlights: DJ Snake, Oliver Heldens, and Krewalla

Location: Bangkok, Thailand

Attendance: 55,000+ (Across three-days)

“It’s hot, it’s wet, it’s wild! Grab your water guns, dress for battle and get soaked in the water splashing madness…”

An amalgamation of dance music with a traditional Thai watering festival: you’re basically paying to get drenched in water whilst raving to the world’s top DJs - not bad, right? Last year’s festival welcomed DJ Snake, Oliver Heldens, and Krewalla.

For more information, please visit: S20Songkran

Price Range: $140 - $190

Electric Daisy Carnival - Japan

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Ticket Price: $$

Dates: May 11 - 12, 2019

2018 Line-up Highlights: Martin Garrix, Alan Walker, deadmau5, Alison Wonderland, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Above & Beyond, W&W, Diplo, and Jai Wolf

Location: ZOZO Marine Stadium & Makuhari Beach Park, Tokyo, Japan

Attendance: 80,000+ (Across two-days)

Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC), commonly known as EDC, is an international electronic dance music festival that has found a new home in Tokyo, with its flagship event held annually in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The secret behind the popularity and success of EDC Japan is the “multi-sensory experience” they deliver through their top-stage production which boasts a 238-feet wide, 91-feet tall stage, circus acts, and interactive art. As well as being able to host it at the naturesque Makuhari Beach Park.

For more information, please visit: EDC Japan

Price Range: $165 - $450

Great Wall Festival

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Ticket Price: $

Dates: May 18 - 19, 2019

2018 Line-up Highlights: Nina Kraviz, Dixon, Chris Liebing, and Carl Craig

Location: Great Wall of China

Attendance: ???

Imagine a festival on one of the seven wonders of the world?

The Great Wall Festival organisers have gone to great lengths to make this all possible. Tech legends Nina Kraviz and Dixon headlined the festival last May with support from Chris Liebing and Carl Craig.

A two-day festival with the option to camp in a forest area in close proximity to the Great Wall - novelty doesn’t come any better than this which is why thousands of ravers attend this annual festival and it’s why you should too.

For more information, please visit: Great Wall Festival

Price Range: $100 - $190

Ultra Singapore

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Ticket Price: $$

Dates: June 8 - 9, 2019

2018 Line-up Highlights: DJ Snake, Afrojack, Above and Beyond, Nicky Romero, and Steve Angello

Location: Ultra Park, Singapore

Attendance: 40,000 (Across two-days)

EDM fans, Ultra Singapore promises to be an intense two-day musical experience, and it will be unlike anything you have experienced - one of Singapore’s largest festivals that you cannot miss.

Since it’s debut in 2015 as part of Ultra Music Festival’s worldwide expansion, it has proved time and time again why it stands out amongst the competition. Annually, inviting world-class talent to play on their main stage. In 2018 Singapore invited Grammy-nominated DJ Snake, Dutch legend Afrojack, and Swedish House Mafia alumni Steve Angello.

Heading to Ultra a little early?

  • Sightseeing fanatics be sure to visit the picturesque and Iconic Marina Bay Sands Hotel.
  • Foodies - make sure to reserve a table at Jaan which boasts panoramic views of the Singapore skyline.
  • Drinkers - make your way down to Raffles Hotel to neck back the famous and delicious gin-based Singapore Sling.

Stay tuned for 2019’s line-up and for tickets: Click here

Price Range: $180 - $240

Ultra Japan

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Ticket Price: $$$

Dates: September 15 - 17, 2019

2018 Line-up Highlights: Armin Van Buuren, Axwell & Ingrosso, Galantis, and Afrojack

Location: Odaiba Ultra Park, Tokyo, Japan

Attendance: 120,000 (Across three-days)

When it comes to Ultra’s to choose from you can become pretty overwhelmed with the number of options available - that’s definitely a good problem to have. Whether you’re in China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea or Singapore you’ll most certainly get the opportunity to witness world-class music, top-tier production, and most importantly spectacular atmosphere.

A three-day EDM festival taking place in Odaiba, featuring industry superstars like DJ Snake, Nicky Romero, and deadmau5.

For more information, please visit: UltraMusicFestival

Price Range: $390 - $850

It’s the Ship Festival

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Ticket Price: $$$

Dates: November 13 - 15, 2019

2018 Line-up Highlights: Big Shaq, Darude, Hot Dub Time Machine, and Technasia

Location: Singapore - Phuket - Singapore

Attendance: 2,000+ (Across three-days)

It’s the Ship! Is back for its 6th year. Described as the festival cruise of your dreams and it does not disappoint. A three-day, two-night international water’s festival cruise with some of the most talented and iconic DJs across the globe.

Majority of your festival experience will take place on the impressive cruise ship and taking in the electric beats of EDM superstars like Darude and Technasia. Followed by the ship docking at a tropical paradise and continuing the party onto the beach - what more could you ask for?

For more information, please visit: It’s the Ship!

Price Range: $300 - $1,000+

Djakarta Warehouse Project (DWP)

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Ticket Price: $

Dates: December 7 - 9, 2019

2018 Line-up Highlights: Afrojack, Alesso, Armin Van Buuren, DJ Snake, Jax Jones, KSHMR, Kungs, Lost Frequencies, Major Lazer Soundsystem, Mura Masa, and The Weeknd

Location: 2018GWK Cultural Park, Bali, Indonesia

        2019 JlExpo, Kemayoran, Jakarta, Indonesia

Attendance: 90,000+ (Across three-days)

Billed as South East Asia’s biggest dance party, last year it attracted crowds in excess of 90,000 from all over the globe. 2018 saw DWP take their 10th edition of the festival to new heights and a new location - the GWK Cultural Park on the magical island of Bali. Although, this was a special occasion and the 2019 edition will see the festival move back to its original home in Jakarta.

Offering a unique dance music experience with state-of-the-art production and boasting a star-studded lineup as mentioned above. No matter where it’s held DWP promises to become the ultimate pinnacle of delivering stellar experiences in regards to celebrating the dance music culture.

For more information, please visit: DWP

Price Range: $105 - $240

Maya Music Festival

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Ticket Price: $

Dates: December 8 - 9, 2019

2018 Line-up Highlights: Alesso, Galantis, Major Lazer Soundsystem, and Porter Robinson

Location: Oasis Arena, Bangkok, Thailand

Attendance: ???

Maya Music Festival is one of the fastest growing festivals within the South East Asia region and has become a major player within the festival's industry. Like many Thai festivals, they do a fantastic job of combining modern music with ancient Thai art, which can be seen throughout the festival whether it’s the enormous and jaw-dropping stage built around the historic theme of YAK and Hanuman or their very unique set-up.

For more information, please visit: MayaMusicFestival

Price Range: $115 - $220

Sunburn Festival

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Ticket Price: $

Dates: December 29 - 31, 2019

2018 Line-up Highlights: DJ Snake, Armin Van Buuren, Alan Walker, and Axwell & Ingrosso

Location: Oxford Golf Resort, Pune, India

Attendance: 350,000 (Across three-days)

The Sunburn festival is back with its 13th edition! Experience the best of dance music from across the globe at the Sunburn Festival 2019!

Not only is it a music festival but it also has something for the thrill seekers out there - hot air ballooning, bungee jumping, a mechanical bull, zip lining and so much more.

Sunburn is amongst the world's biggest music festivals. In the past twelve years of its existence, Sunburn has brought together renowned Indian and international artists to entertain hundreds of thousands of dance music lovers through its various formats that reach out to fans across India & Asia.

Price Range: $95 - $160

NEON COUNTDOWN

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Ticket Price: $

Dates: December 31, 2019

2018 Line-up Highlights: W&W and Maurice West.

Location: Port Dickson, Malaysia

Attendance: 15,000+

Neon Countdown isn’t just your average music festival, it’s so much more. A place where we can create a fantasy world, escape the stresses of our day-to-day lives and experience a feeling of great joy and ecstasy.

Neon Countdowns unique conceptualisation of combining UV paint with mesmerising stage decorations, creating a scene that you could only imagine in a sci-fi blockbuster movie.

15,000 Party-goers, a line-up consisting of 10+ artists and with a unique location, you will have the opportunity to celebrate the New Year together under the electric sky.

Price Range: $40 - $95

Honorable Mentions:

Don’t Let Daddy Know Festival

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ZoukOut Festival

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Sensation RISE - Hyderabad

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808 Festival

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