A guide to music festivals in Asia in 2020

A guide to music festivals in Asia in 2020

Sure, America and Europe have festivals like Coachella, Glastonbury, and so on but that doesn't mean Asia's lacking in incredible music festivals. 

With a ton of huge festivals such as Java Jazz, Fuji Rock, Wanderland, Maho Rasop Festival, We The Fest, Knotfest Japan, Hydeout, It's The Ship, and more scheduled to take place this year, music lovers in Asia may understandably feel overwhelmed and spoiled for choice, so we decided to compile a list of the confirmed festivals slated to take place in Asia in 2020. 

Check them out in order of their dates below. This article will be updated periodically with every new festival announcement. 


JAVA JAZZ

When: 28 Feb - 1 March 
Where: JIExpo, Kemayoran, Jakarta, Indonesia

Scheduled to take place in Jakarta, the BNI Java Jazz Festival will feature headliners Omar Apollo and The Jacksons. Other acts slated to perform include Mateus Asato, Maurice Brown, Cosmo's Midnight and Jay Som among others. 

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Garden Beats

When: 29 Feb
Where: Fort Canning Park, Singapore

Garden Beats returns this February with an eclectic line-up featuring the highly anticipated return of headliners Foals. The rest of the festival's line-up includes Gioli & Assia, Viken Arman, The Illustrious Blacks, Crussen, Brendon P, Bongomann, DJ Aurora, James Selva, Justmack, KFC, Orio, and Toppings. 

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MALASIMBO MUSIC AND ARTS FESTIVAL

When: 29 Feb - 1 Mar
Where: La Mesa Eco Park, Quezon City, Philippines

The 10th anniversary of Malasimbo Music & Arts Festival is going to be massive. Enjoy live performances by Cory Henry and the Funk Apostles, Mike Love, Laneous, Anomalie, and Jesus Molina Quartet together with Brigada, Uncomfortable Science, Project Yazz, and Talata ni Tala at La Mesa Eco Park in Quezon City this February 29 to March 1, 2020. ​

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Singapore Rockfest II

When: 5 March, 24 March
Where: The Star Theatre (5 Mar), TBC (24 Mar), Singapore

Spread over two days, SG Rockfest returns for its second edition, this time featuring four larger-than-life bands in the rock and metal galaxy: Slipknot, Scorpions, Whitesnake and Trivium. Slipknot's headlining performance on the 24th will mark its return to the Lion City 15 years after it first played in the country, and will share the stage with fellow metal giants Trivium, who look to make their Singapore debut an unforgettable one. 

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ROCKAWAY FESTIVAL 

When: 14 - 15 March
Where: Car Park A, Stadium Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur

Slated to perform at the two-day festival are Atreyu, Lacuna Coil, Hands like Houses, Crossfaith, Uncured, Trophy Knives, Kyoto Protocol and more.

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KOLOUR IN THE PARK

When: 7 March
Where: Thai Wake Park, Lumlukka, Thailand

Kolour In The Park returns for its sixth edition this year, and as such, has presented it's biggest line-up to date. Featuring the likes of Black Coffee, ARTBAT, ODDISEE and more, the single day festival is set to make a mark this year. 

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WANDERLAND MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL

When: 7 - 8 March
Where: Filinvest City Event Grounds, Manila, Philippines

No Rome, Cosmo's Midnight, and Wanderland alums Urbandub and The Paper Kites will be taking the slots of Novo Amor, Sabrina Claudio, Ari Lennox, and Raveena. The newly announced acts will be joining Foals, Nick Murphy/Chet Faker, Joji, Niki, Ben&Ben, Barbie Almalbis, IV of Spades, Omar Apollo, ((( O ))), Ali Gatie, Stephen Day, George, August Wahh & crwn, Banna Harbera, Flu, Ysanygo, and Wanderbattle acts Morobe, and The Sundown at the festival.

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KNOTFEST JAPAN

When: 20 - 21 March
Where: Makuhari Messe, Japan

Slipknot's very own festival, Knotfest, returns to Japan this March for two days of metal and mayhem. Besides performing on both days, Slipknot are bringing along with them Marilyn Manson, Korn, Trivium, Babymetal and many, many more. 

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HAMMERSONIC

When: 27 - 28 March
Where: Carnival Beach Ancol, Jakarta, Indonesia

Hammersonic returns this March with a two-day metal extravaganza featuring three of metal's biggest bands: Slipknot, Trivium and Amon Amarth. If that's not enticing enough for you, other performers include Suicide Silence, Testament, Black Flag, Lacuna Coil and more. 

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DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL JAPAN

When: 29 March
Where: Makuhari Messe, Japan

At long last, My Chemical Romance is returning to Asia for the first time in 13 years, when they last performed in the region before their breakup. Last year, the iconic emo band reunited, and will be performing in Japan this March. As if that alone isn't enough, Download Japan has also included the likes of The Offspring, Evanescence, Jimmy Eat World, Amon Amarth, In Flames, At The Gates, Baroness, Ministry and more in it's stacked line-up. 

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[POSTPONED] HYDEOUT FESTIVAL

When: 10 - 11 April, 17 - 18 April
Where: The Meadow, Gardens By The Bay, Singapore

This April, Singapore will play host to a brand new festival, Hydeout. Hydeout, which is shaping up to be the Asia's answer to Coachella, will take place over two massive weekends, and will feature the biggest line-up the country has ever seen, with international headliners such as A$AP Rocky, Gucci Mane, J Balvin, DJ SNAKE, Yellow Claw, Martin Garrix and more perform. 

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UPDATE: Hydeout has been postponed to 9, 10, 16 and 17 October 2020 instead. 


Siam Songkran Music Festival

When: 11-13 April
Where: Urban Yard, Bangkok, Thailand

Siam Songkran Music Festival will return over three days. Fret not, however, as the festival makes up for the shortage of one day with a magnificent line-up. Slated to perform this year, are Yellow Claw, Darren Styles, Afrojack, Andrew Rayel, Da Tweekaz, Moksi, Sihk, Ray Ray, Atmofears, Zomboy, Sub Zero Project, Project One, Martin Jensen, Mike Williams, Marnik and 22 Bullets. 

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S2O SONGKRAN MUSIC FESTIVAL

When: 11-13 April
Where: ShowDC Arena, Bangkok, Thailand

Going head-to-head with Siam Songkran Music Festival is S2O, a long-time player in the Songkran festival circuit. To combat Siam Songkran's line-up, S2O has amassed it's own force-to-be-reckoned-with curation featuring Martin Garrix, ZEDD, San Holo, Alison Wonderland, Dash Berlin, Don Diablo, MaRlo and more. 

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ONE LOVE ASIA FESTIVAL 

When: 1 - 2 May
Where: Bayfront Event Space, Singapore

One Love Asia Festival announced its upcoming debut edition, set to take place over two days in May at the Bayfront Event Space. The music and lifestyle festival will feature performances from Stefanie Sun, Jolin Tsai, BoA, Joker Xue, Hebe Tien, Show Lo, Tanya Chua,  EggPlantEgg, Goo Goo Dolls, Greyson Chance, Potato, KLEAR, Naoto Inti Raymi, ShiGGa Shay and THELIONCITYBOY.

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Pulp Summer Slam

When: May 16
Where: Mall of Asia Arena, Manila, Philippines

PULP Live World revealed the official lineup of the 2020 edition of PULP Summer Slam, scheduled to take place at SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay on May 16 (Saturday). Joining legendary metal act Iron Maiden are Death Angel, Dragonforce, BABYMETAL, and KING 810.

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AIA GLOW FESTIVAL

When: 30 - 31 May
Where: Palawan Green, Sentosa, Singapore

AIA Glow Festival has announced that American electropop duo MGMT and Australian singer-songwriter Starley will be headlining the festival alongside Two Door Cinema Club. 

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We The Fest

When: 14 - 16 Aug
Where: JIExpo Kemayoran, Jakarta, Indonesia

Set to perform this year are MIGOS, Clairo, Cheat Codes, Masego, Blackbear, Ookay, Oh Wonder, Shallou, Sheila On 7, Naif, Isyana Sarasvati, Alextbh, Gabber Modus Operandi, Hondo, Jason Ranti, Moon Gang, Oslo Ibrahim and The Changcuters. More acts are expected to be announced in the coming months.

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GOOD VIBES 

When: 14 - 16 Aug
Where: The Ranch, Genting, Malaysia

While this year's line-up – and tickets – have yet to be announced, Good Vibes has had a long, illustrious history of showcasing some of the world's biggest talents on it's stages, and this year's festival should be no different. 

Tickets have yet to be released. 


EDC KOREA

When: 15 - 16 August
Where: Seoul, Korea

EDC Korea is set to make its return this August for two days of electronic music mayhem. While this year's performers have yet to be announced, EDC has been known to draw in top-tier performers. Stay tuned for more information. 

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IT'S THE SHIP KOREA 

When: 28 - 31 August
Where: Busan – Fukuoka – Busan

It's The Ship, Asia's largest festival at sea, returns to take over Korea this August for a 4D3N bender featuring top electronic artists from all over the globe. Stay tuned for more information.

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F1 SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX

When: 18 - 20 September 
Where: Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore

While this year's entertainment line-up has yet to be announced, the Singapore Grand Prix's track record for drawing in top-tier superstars would hint at a line-up not to be trifled with this September. Past performers include Ariana Grande, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rihanna, Mariah Carey, Linkin Park and more. 

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It's The Ship

When: 1 - 4 Nov
Where: Singapore – Langkawi – Singapore 

It's The Ship, Asia's largest festival at sea, returns to take over Singapore this November for a 4D3N bender featuring top electronic artists from all over the globe. Stay tuned for more information.

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MAHO RASOP FESTIVAL

When: 6 - 7 November
Where: Bangkok, Thailand

The third edition of Maho Rasop Festival is happening in Bangkok this November. Previous performers include the likes of Deafheaven, Bombay Bicycle Club, The Drums, The Vaccines, and PREP.

Tickets are now on sale here.

WONDERFRUIT

When: 10 - 13 December
Where: Siam Country Club, Pattaya Plantation, Pong, Thailand

Wonderfruit has always been one of Thailand's greatest assets when it comes to festivals. It's a breath of fresh air when you compare it to the seemingly never-ending list of generic dance music festivals in the region. 

Tickets have yet to be released.