Edit: Wonderfruit 2016 has been postponed to 16-19 February, 2017, due to the tragic passing of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej. All existing ticket holders are eligible for a full refund.
A visit to Pattaya, Thailand is a good decision any time in our books. But this December, the third annual arts and music festival Wonderfruit is hitting town once again at The Fields at Siam Country Club on 15th-18th December, 2016, making Pattaya the winter destination for music lovers and eco-conscious campers alike. Read on to see what's in store.
The phase one lineup included English drum & bass band Rudimental, who you may remember from 2014's Clockenflap Hong Kong, along the likes of Israeli composer Shye Ben Tzur & The Rajasthan Express, Irish producer Matador and pianist Kate Simko & London Electronic Orchestra.
Recently announced is the phase two lineup, which shows a heavier focus on electronic music with acts such as German DJ and Herzblut Recordings founder Stephan Bodzin, and YokoO, a regular at revered house/techno party label All Day I Dream. Prefer more indie stylings? You'll want to check out UK folk/R&B singer Lianne La Havas, and Brooklyn duo Buke and Gase, who perform using refurbished and retooled instruments—like a former baritone ukulele, a 'buke'; and a cross between a guitar and bass, a 'gase.'
You can glamp out at Wonderfruit by renting one of their tents (with a four-person tent starting from $20,000THB for four days), bring your own tent and stay on the grounds for free, or drive your RV down to the site (permit costs $8,500THB).
There's also an array of art on-site, which seems to be taking a leaf out of Burning Man's book with this year's newly introduced art car. Also noteworthy is the Solar Stage, designed by artist Gregg Fleishman, whose works are also regular highlights at Burning Man.
As for food, you can look forward to its gourmet series, Wonder Feasts 2016, which brings together F&B maestros Paolo Vitaletti (of Bangkok Italian mainstays Peppina and Appia) and Jarret Wrisley (of Soul Food Mahanakorn and Appia) to create a brunch, as well as experiential food collective F.A.C.T., who will be presenting a meal created with wild-foraged ingredients and locally brewed liquor and wine.
Phase two four-day tickets cost $5,500THB until 14th December, and $6,000THB at the door thereafter.
Article by Evelyn Lok