Sunburn Goa to Fuji Rock, and Djakarta Warehouse Project to Incheon Pentaport Rock Festival: the huge and diverse continent of Asia is ram-packed with top-level music festivals.
As you might imagine, K-Pop, J-Pop and any kind of pop you could want are well catered for, but there's also plenty of space left for international EDM and rock artists.
Here's your pick of the 20 finest festivals across the year.
Headliners: Beck, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Chance the Rapper, Nine Inch Nails
With two locations and a lineup that would go down well anywhere in the world, Japan's Summer Sonic has been riding high since 2000. And if you're more of a dance music fan, don't despair: the separate festival Sonicmania takes place immediately before Summer Sonic, putting on a more electronically-flavoured lineup.
When & where: 18-19 August 2018, Zozo Marine Stadium & Makuhari Messe, Tokyo; Mizu Sonic Park (Mai Sports Island), Osaka
Sonar Hong Kong
Headliners: Laurent Garnier, Mouse on the Keys, The Black Madonna, Heidi
The trademark Sónar blend of intricate techno, expansive post-rock and flowing electro has found one of its new international homes at the Hong Kong Science Park.
When & where: 17 March 2018, Hong Kong Science Park, Hong Kong
Fuji Rock Festival
Headliners (2017): Gorillaz, Aphex Twin, Björk
Fuji Rock is probably Asia's best-known festival across the world, with 100,000-strong crowds having come from far and wide every year for the last 20 years. Fun fact: the festival has taken place almost 150km away from Mount Fuji since its third edition in 1999. I guess 'Naeba Ski Resort Rock' wouldn't quite have the same ring.
When & where: 27-29 July, Naeba Ski Resort, Japan
Headliners (2017): Martin Garrix, Clean Bandit, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Nucleya
Gargantuan EDM lineups, stage production to rival the biggest European and North American festivals, and the glorious surroundings of Maharashtra state: Sunburn has a claim to be the biggest jewel in Asia's festival crown. And it's just a few hours out of Mumbai.
When & where: December 2018, Pune, India
Good Vibes Festival
Headliners: Lorde, alt-J, ODESZA, The Neighbourhood
Held on the site of modern resort built in the stunningly scenic hills above Kuala Lumpur, Good Vibes Festival has quickly become on the biggest anywhere in the region. Big name international stars populate the top end of the lineup, with Malaysian music brands and promoters hosting smaller stages to showcase national talent.
When & where: 21-22 July 2018, Gohtong Jaya, Malaysia
World Club Dome Korea
Headliners (2017): Marshmello, Afrojack, Martin Garrix, Sven Väth
Born in Frankfurt, Germany, but now fully established in Incheon, World Club Dome does stadium EDM as well as anyone. It's 3 days, 20 stages and 200 artists' worth of big room, progressive house and the occasional shade of a more underground techno sound.
When & where: 14-16 September 2018, Incheon, South Korea
Ultra Music Festival
Headliners (2017): Hardwell, The Chainsmokers, Steve Angello, Carl Cox
The footprint of Miami's dance music giant is now well and truly global, with editions in Seoul, Singapore, Bali, Shanghai and Tokyo making up the Asian contingent. Expect the biggest DJs going, and UMF's signature production at every location.
When & where: 8-10 June 2018, Seoul, South Korea; September 2018, Singapore; September 2018, Bali, Indonesia; September 2018, Shanghai, China; 15-17 September, Tokyo, Japan
Headliners (2017): Axwell ^ Ingrosso, DJ Snake, Marshmello, Amelie Lens
ZoukOut claims the title of Asia's largest beach music festival, and with A-list house lineups year after year it's no surprise the crowds are consistently among the biggest around.
When & where: December 2018, Siloso Beach, Singapore
Incheon Pentaport Rock Festival
Headliners: Bastille, Justice [live], Idiotape, DNCE
Indie, rock, dance and metal blend together at South Korea's biggest outdoor festival, populating three huge stages over 3 days, just to the south-west of Seoul.
When & where: August 2018, Incheon, South Korea
Don't Let Daddy Know
Headliners: Martin Garrix, Ummet Ozcan, Dannic
DLDK has quickly proved itself to be one of Amsterdam's premium EDM party brands, hosting shows and festivals around the world. Thailand is a regular feature, with star-studded lineups, stages and fireworks lighting up the Bangkok skyline for two days and nights each year.
When & where: 2-3 February 2018, Bangkok, Thailand
Great Wall Festival
Headliners: Nina Kraviz, Dixon, Recondite
Given that it's brand new this year, it's a big call to include Great Wall Festival in this list. If it turns out a disaster, I'll look more than a little stupid. But with that location, and a strong phase 1 lineup, it's got the makings of something very special.
When & where: 19-20 May 2018, The Great Wall, China
Djakarta Warehouse Project
Headliners (2017): Marshmello, Tiësto, Hardwell, Steve Aoki
No relation to Manchester's The Warehouse Project, the Jakarta festival of the same name (which uses an alternate spelling of its host city) brings seriously impressive house/trance/EDM lineups to Indonesia each December, embellished by expansive production levels.
When & where: December 2018, Jakarta, Indonesia
Java Jazz Festival
Headliners: LAUV, Avery Sunshine, JP Cooper, The Urban Renewal Project
Like most jazz festivals around the world, Java Jazz has widened its lineup in recent years to include pop, soul and the odd splash of rock. Whether because of or despite that, Jakarta's headline festival remains the biggest jazz gathering in the southern hemisphere, with well over 50,000 showing up across the 3-day programme.
When & where: 2-4 March 2018, Jakarta, Indonesia
Headliners (2017): Massive Attack, The Prodigy, Kaiser Chiefs, Feist
Hong Kong's biggest and oldest music festival wins all the prizes for most original name. It also lays on a family-friendly weekend of film, visual and performance art, crafts and music, right in the heart of the city.
When & where: 9-11 November 2018, Central Harbourfront, Hong Kong
We The Fest
Headliners (2017): The Kooks, Kodaline, Phoenix, Big Sean
Another of Jakarta's stand-out festivals, We The Fest celebrates music, arts, fashion and food at the city's Parkir Timur Senayan. Lineups lean from indie and rock to pop and hip hop.
When & where: 20-22 July 2018, Jakarta, Indonesia
Big Mountain Music Festival
Headliners: Polycat, Paradox, Getsunova
True to its name, Big Mountain Music Festival takes place on the aptly-named Big Mountain (Khao Yai in Thai), just a couple of hours north-east of Bangkok. BMMF has become one of the biggest festivals in Southeast Asia, led by Mr. Steak – its distinctive cow mascot.
When & where: December 2018, Pak Chong, Thailand
Valley Rock Festival
Headliners (2017): Major Lazer, Sigur Rós, Gorillaz, Lorde
Strongly connected with Japan's Fuji Rock Festival, Valley Rock puts on diverse lineups that cater heavily for fans of European and North American music, with a smattering of rock and pop favourites from closer to home.
When & where: July 2018, Jisan Resort, South Korea
World DJ Festival
Headliners: Boys Noize, Zatox, Atmozfears, Wildstylez
Even with recent competition from Ultra and World Club Dome, Seoul's World DJ Festival still holds out at the very top of South Korea's electronic music scene. There's also a more varied feel to each year's lineup, with harder styles and techno featuring more prominently than on its competitors' lineups.
When & where: 26-27 May 2018, Seoul, South Korea
Rock in Japan
Headliners(2017): Radwimps, The Back Horn, Little Glee Monster, Daoko
Laden with J-Rock and J-Pop stars, Rock in Japan brings a high-profile counterpoint to the country's big international festivals like Fuji Rock, Valley Rock and Summer Sonic.
When & where: 4-5 & 11-12 August 2018, Hitachi Seaside Park, Japan
Headliners (2017): Martin Garrix, Armin van Buuren, Afrojack, Axwell ^ Ingrosso
From Las Vegas to Japan via Mexico and Orlando, Electric Daisy Carnival is renowned the world over for explosive, immersive parties soaked in atmosphere the biggest EDM/dance music at every edition.
When & where: 12-13 May 2018, Zozo Marine Stadium & Makuhari Beach Park
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