Eleven of the best from around Thailand. 

Festival season is nearly upon us—here's a roundup of Thailand's 11 best parties to get your glitter on, starting November.


See also: Here are all the big international concerts coming up in Bangkok


Warp Music Festival

Self-proclaimed Thailand's very first beach festival when it launched back in 2015 under a "Madness on Mars" outer space theme. For Warp's fourth edition this Nov 2-3, Pattaya's Jomtien Beach is set to be awash once more with EDM and a new intergalactic theme "Edge of Neptune."' The big international lineup includes the US's bear-headed DJ Bear Grillz, the Danish-Norwegian electronic DJ duo Pegboard Nerds, co-owner of electronic label Never Say Die and heavy dubstep DJ SKisM, Polish house DJ/producer Blinders, French dance/electronic DJ Tony Romera, Canadian bass producer Downlink, Droeloe, Must Die!, Murne, Plastik Funk and Trampa.

Date: Nov 2-3
Location: Saisawan Beach Resort, Pattaya
Price: B2,300 on Ticketmelon

 

The Vaccines

 

Maho Rasop Festival

This indie music festival is set to debut on Nov 17 at Live Park Rama 9 with backing from three of Bangkok's best-loved indie music promoters: Have You Heard? with their focus on Western indie bands; Seen Scene Space, who are big promoters of Asian indie sounds; and Thai music streaming service and online music zine Fungjai. The full lineup doesn't disappoint: 20 alternative acts from both home and aboard, including shoegaze legends Slowdive (UK), The Vaccines (UK), Washed Out (US), DEAN (KR), Miami Horror (AUS), Sunflower Bean (US), Elephant Gym (TWN), Oddisee (US), Solitude Is Bliss (TH),  Lucie Too (JP), Gym and Swim (TH), temp. (TH) and many more. See official website and Facebook page for more information.

Date: Nov 17
Location: Live Park Rama 9
Price:  Early and Phase I sold-out/ Phase II - B3,990/ Phase III - B4,490/ VIP - B6,990 on Ticketmelon



Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O.

 

Sukhum Music Festival

Various Sukhumvit venues including Thonglor Art Space, 12 x 12, Case Space Revolution, De Commune, Livecube and Studio Lam, and concert organizer Come On is Such a Joyare collaborating to host a three-day underground music festival on Nov 23-25. Among the lineup of international and local artists are Japan's cult psych-rock outfit Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O., renowned for their raucous live performances for more than 20 years; Finnish saxophonist and electronic musician Jimi Tenor; veteran Finnish techno producer Jori Hulkkonen; and Japanese experimental producers Daisuke Tanabe and Yosi Horikawa. Also taking part will be some of Bangkok's most exciting underground musicians: Stylish Nonsense, Chladni Chandi, Desktop Error and Cut the Crab, to name just a few.

Date: Nov 23-25
Location: Thonglor Art Space; 12 x 12; Case Space Revolution; De Commune; Live club (Okinawa Restaurant Kinjo); Studio Lam
Price: Three-day pass - B2,500/ Night 1 - B1,200/ Day 2 - B800/ Day 3 - B1,200 at Ticketmelon.

 

Poly Cat

 

Cat Expo

One of the leading Thai music festivals gathers both mainstream and underground artists via online radio station Cat Radio. The two-day music festival will take place this Nov 24-25 with six stages at Wonder World Extreme Park offering a massive lineup of more than a hundred names and also a hundred pop-up stores with products from the artists themselves. Expect to see Poly Cat, BNK48, Stamp, Max Jenmana, Getsunova, T-Bone, Srirajah Rockers, Temp., Solitude is Bliss, Flure, Zweed N’ Roll, Skalaxy, and many more. Follow the official Facebook page for promotions and deals.

Date: Nov 24-25
Location: Wonder World Extreme Park, 86/1 Khubon Rd.
Price: B1,500 on Thaiticketmajor

 

Skrillex

 

808 Festival

808 Festival is back for its sixth edition on Dec 8-9 at Live Park Rama 9 presenting various styles of music from EDM, electronic and trap to trance and dubstep. The first phase lineup has revealed trance icon Armin van Buuren of Dutch radio station A State of Trance, American EDM sensation Skrillex, Israeli psytrance DJ duo Vini Vici, and first-time local performances from Rezz, TroyBoi and Whethan, with many more names to be announced soon. 

Date: Dec 8-9
Location: Live Park Rama 9
Price: Tier 1 tickets already sold out, Tier 2 are B3,099 on www.808festival.net

 

 

Big Mountain Music Festival

Supported by GMM Grammy and Pepsi, the biggest music festival in Thailand will celebrate its sixth edition under the theme Mun Ver Mak (very extra joyous). Multiple stages will span various types of music, including the debut of a new hip-hop stage, as well as non-musical performances including comedy shows from Ha Mai Jum Kud and Tuarae Chernyim. Taking place at The Ocean Khao Yai, Nakhon Ratchasima, on Dec 8-9 with more than 200 artists, the festival also offers camping grounds and parking. Public sale tickets are currently B2,300 (down from B2,500) and VIP tickets are B3,500 on www.allticket.com and Counter Service All Tickets in 7-Eleven. For more details and lineup, visit the website or Facebook page.      

Date: Dec 8-9
Location: The Ocean, Khao Yai, Nakhon Ratchasima
Price: GA - B2,300/ VIP - B3,500

 

Maya Music Festival

Moving from its previous location in Pattaya to Bangkok's 50,000-capacity Oasis Arena, Show DC, Rama 9, the two-day international music festival will bring together a killer lineup of J-pop, K-pop and electronic music on Dec 8-9. Leading with Japanese idol girl group AKB48, the lineup includes South Korean boy group sub-units Exo-CBX and NCT U (Ten and Taeyong), NCT 127, Super Junior D&E (Donghae and Eunhyuk), Ryeowook from Super Junior, DJ HYO (Hyoyeon) from Girls’ Generation and Taemin from SHINee. The electronic crew will be led by world DJ and producer Alesso, popular pop duo Oh Wonder, Galantis, Porter Robinson, and SHOWTEK together with a live performance from Major Lazer Soundsystem. For more details, lineup and schedule, see Facebook page.

Date: Dec 8-9
Location: Show DC, Rama 9, Bangkok
Price: GA - B3,700 (13+)/ VIP - B7,000 (20+)/ VVIP - B107,000 (20+) 5 people on their website

 

Wonderfruit Festival

This environmentally-friendly festival puts a big emphasis on social responsibility and sustainability. Beyond music, the festival also brings art installations, food, workshops, wellness, family activities and talks on sustainability, which last year resulted in being presented with a certificate from Thailand Greenhouse Gas Management Organization (TGO) for reducing their carbon emissions to zero. The four-day festival's fifth edition takes place Dec 13-16 at The Field, Siam Country Club, Pattaya, with a lineup including British hip-hop producer Nightmares on Wax, drum ‘n’ bass pioneer Goldie, rising Chicago rapper Kweku Collins, Thai-Swedish pop singer Sirintip, genre-hopping Amsterdam DJ Young Marco, reggae-loving New Zealand producer and multi-instrumentalist Lord Echo, Thai reggae legends Job2do , Malaysian R'n'B singer NJWA and Burning Man-approved Fleetwood Mac remix project Fleetmac Wood. See website and Facebook page for updates.

Date: Dec 13-16
Location: The Field at Siam Country Club, Pattaya
Price:   Phase II 4-day pass - B5,800/ Weekend pass - B5,500/ Sunday pass - B4,500
             On the Door 4-day pass - B7,200/ Weekend pass - B6,800/ Sunday pass - B5,800 on wonderfruit.co.

 

The Experience Festival

Celebrate New Year's on the beach at this four-day non-stop psychedelic trance festival from Dec 30, 2018 to Jan 2, 2019 on Koh Tao, Surat Thani. Besides the paradisical backdrop, there will be neon art installations and other decorations from African artist Carin Dickson and promoters Magic Phangan, together with trance music from an international lineup of DJs and artists. There will also be 24-hour shuttle buses, parking grounds and free camping areas available (bring your own tent). Find more information and full DJ lineup on Facebook page. 

Date: Dec 30-Jan 2
Location: Koh Tao, Surat Thani
Price: Pre-sale - B3,200, available until Dec 27
           On door - B3,500 via phanganbookings.com

 

Kolour in the Park

Back again on Mar 2, 2019, the festival of house and techno music will bring its chilled out vibes to the Thai Wake Park, Lamlukka, Pathumthani, with a local and international lineup of house and electronic artists, plus art installations, food, and an onsite lake for water activities. Watch out for the full lineup and ticket details on website and Facebook page.

Date: Mar 2, 2019
Location: Thai Wake Park, Lamlukka, Pathumthani

Price: Early bird B990 with registration on www.kolourinthepark.com

 

Transmission Festival

Expect another year of trance music from this Prague-hailing festival set to hit Bangkok in 2019 (likely in March) with a stage full of special effects. Specific dates, ticket details, and artist lineup are yet to be announced. Follow the official website and Facebook page for updates.