A dash of adventure wrapped up in music

by Emma Kalka
Groove Korea (groovekorea.com)

Southeast Asia has become the hotspot for regional music festivals

For music lovers who also enjoy a little bit of adventure and travel, Asia has much to offer in terms of festivals in the upcoming months. From the jungle of Borneo, to the beaches of Bali, to the seas around Singapore, there is no shortage of destinations. And there is no shortage of music styles, with some festivals focusing on EDM, others traditional music, and still others just a little bit of everything.

The following is just a small taste of the music festivals taking place in East and Southeast Asia.

Ultra Beach Bali – Bali, September 15-16

For those who missed Ultra Korea in June – or just want another taste – the massive EDM festival is continuing its tour of the world and landing in the resort city of Bali this September. Ultra Beach Bali is set for Potato Head Beach Club, offering sun, sand, and hard-hitting EDM.

The lineup has not yet been released by Ultra Worldwide, nor have the ticket prices; however, registration for early bird tickets is open. Last year’s festival included headliners Alesso and Skrillex, and this year’s lineup is sure to be strong as well.

Updates and ticket registration can be found at the festival’s website at www.ultrabali.com.

It’s the Ship – Singapore, November 4-7

Hailed as Asia’s largest and the world’s second-largest EDM festival cruise, It’s The Ship is guaranteed to give EDM music lovers an experience to remember. Set on a luxurious Royal Caribbean International cruise liner over the course of four days, the festival is bringing together 60 EDM acts from all over the world, combined with a cruise vacation getaway.

The ship sets sail from Singapore on November 4 and cruises to Penang, returning to Singapore on November 7. On board, the festival includes, for the first time in its three-year history, themed nights with a group of Australian DJs from Lucky Ent. kicking things off by hosting the “Get Lucky” stage on the first night, which includes Kate Foxx, Joel Fletcher, Mashd N Kutcher, Some Blonde, and Brooklyn, to name a few.

Other acts include the debut of Sunnery James and Ryan Marciano’s concept show Sexy By Nature, and Armada Night with Andrew Rayel, Marlo, David Gravell, Khomba, and Ben Gold.

Tickets for the festival include a four-day, three-night stay upon the ship, all meals including 24-hour room service, and complimentary use of most of the ship’s facilities. The cruise liner has 17 clubs, bars, and lounges; 15 decks, 10 whirlpools and pools; and a new expanded casino and onboard shops. Tickets vary from $588 to $5,888 per person, depending on the room type and how many people the room accommodates. The cabins vary from two people up to four people and from normal state rooms up to suites with balconies.

To book tickets or for more information, check out the festival website at www.itstheship.com.


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