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5 Asian festivals not to miss

With the rise of Asia's music festivals, we've selected a few events for music lovers. Words by PAUL KAY

Clockenflap

Hong Kong, 9-11 November 2018

As well as a diverse lineup featuring the best Asian talent and top international acts, the festival is also known for its quixotic design and vibrant arts programme. Among this year’s highlights are former Talking Heads frontman David Byrne, US R&B sensation Khalid and New York indie legends Interpol. clockenflap.com

Asian festival, Clockenflap
Kitmin Lee / Clockenflap

Wonderfruit

Pattaya, Thailand, 13-16 December 2018

Flying the flag for conscientious hedonism, Wonderfruit serves up an eco-friendly programme of music, arts, health and wellness and more in a verdant Thai countryside setting about two hours from Bangkok. This year’s lineup includes Goldie, Nightmares on Wax and Radioactive Man. wonderfruit.co

Malasimbo

Puerto Galera, Philippines, 1-2 March 2019

Held in a paradisiacal setting on the Philippine island of Mindoro, around four hours’ travel from Manila, Malasimbo is the very definition of a destination festival. It features a supremely eclectic lineup that spans everything from jazz, reggae and soul to house, techno and traditional tribal music. malasimbofestival.com

Asian Festival
Masanori Naruse

Rainforest World Music Festival

Sarawak, Borneo, 12-14 July 2019

Taking place amid an expanse of lush jungle dotted with traditional tribal houses, this festival presents a programme of world, ethnic and folk music from around the globe, combining live performances with interactive workshops, jam sessions and dance lessons. rwmf.net

Fuji Rock

Naeba, Japan, 26-28 July 2019

The undisputed heavyweight champion of Asian music festivals, Fuji Rock launched in 1997 and attracts more than 100,000 fans each year. It’s held over three days at Naeba Ski Resort, two hours by bullet train north of Tokyo. fujirock-eng.com

Wonderfruit, Asian festival
Wonderfruit

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