From eclectic indie, heart-pumping EDM, to top 40 hits, there’s a festival for just about everyone. Here are five summer festivals to get you out of the boring Singaporean damper and heat:
- Sziget: August 10 – 17
Named ‘island’ in Hungarian, Sziget is a week-long renowned music and culture festival that attracts flocks of people across the globe. Held on the gorgeous 266-acre Obuda Island just outside Northern Budapest, Sziget has truly outdone itself this year with the biggest names in music across a range of genres (Think: Rihanna, The Lumineers, Axwell & Ingrosso). You’ll never be bored with the calendar of non-stop activities and venues – food from around the world, art buildings and installations, circus acts, fire dances, and even a wedding tent if you find your true festival love. Outside of the festival, take your time to explore and relax in the history-rich city of Budapest, with its sprawling baroque and neoclassical architecture, and Turkish bathhouses!
- Summer Sonic: August 20 – 21
The Summer Sonic festival is a two to three-day festival that is simultaneously held in Osaka and Tokyo. In this bustling Japanese city, alongside indie and popular Japanese rock bands, Summer Sonic brings in huge international artists and DJs to entertain the masses and ramp up the genre factor, such as Radiohead, Alesso, James Bay, and 1975. Singapore’s iconic home-grown club Zouk will also co-host the beach stage for the first time, so there’ll be home feels away from home! If you can, extend your trip to experience Tokyo’s traditional Obon Festival of Souls, where you’ll see the magical glow of floating lanterns in the night coupled with the sound of Japanese drums amidst the celebration.
- V Festival: August 20 – 21
Chelmsford and Staffordshire, UK
V Festival will please beliebers tremendously with Justin Bieber as one of the headliners this year. Other fan favourites include Sia, David Guetta, Bastille, and Halsey, who will pump up the party beats for revelers to sway along to the music. If you’re after some laughs in between your audio fixes, the Glee Comedy tent will feature phenomenally talented comedians to entertain you silly. You could also take a breather after the festival hype and visit the tranquil parks , gardens of Chelmsford and Staffordshire for a wind down or keep the booze and music going in the main tents.
- Bumbershoot: September 2 – 4
Seattle, Washington, USA
If you’ve never thought of visiting Seattle, you should now with Bumbershoot that will take place over the Labour Day weekend in the US. Beat droppers like Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, KYGO, and Death Cab for Cutie will keep you dancing and singing all summer long. Keep yourself entertained during the breaks with comedy stars from NBC on-site doing stand-up, film and dance performances, and even YOUNGERSHOOT where children will be entertained with arts and crafts. While you’re in Emerald City, don’t forget to check out their famous landmark – The Space needle, stroll through their museums, and chill in the lush green parks that fill Seattle.
- Ultra Music Festival: September 15 – 16
If you’re looking to travel to somewhere a little closer to home, look no further than beachside Ultra Music Festival which will be held on the shores of idyllic Bali. This fast-thumping EDM music fest stops at nothing with amazing stage designs and production. While the line-up has yet to be announced, past headliners include Skrillex, Fedde Le Grand, and A-Trak that graced three different stages against the Balinese sunset. To rest your raver’s soul, kick back in Bali and check out the temples, tranquil white beaches, and feast on local Indonesian delicacies.
Ready to #eatsleepraverepeat? Has the lure of music festivals tempted the raving audiophile in you? Check out ZUJI Singapore to plan your next festival journey!