If you missed Wonderfruit last December or, like us, you just miss those hard-to-beat Wonderfruit good vibes and that music-centric festival atmosphere, don’t despair… there are several out of town festivals coming up this month that promise lots of peace, love, and general grooviness. And the best thing is, they’re all in parts of Thailand that have plenty of great hotels and resorts, meaning your weekend away can be “intense”, without having to be “in tents”.
MAYA Music Festival 2020, Pattaya
Celebrating its 5th anniversary, the MAYA Music Festival 2020 – powered by King Power – is bringing to Pattaya a bonafide world-class line up of DJ star power and live bands worth travelling the extra mile to see. On January 31st and February 1st, the appropriately named 300-acre MAYA Space will be home to four individually-styled stage areas, showcasing four different types of music genres. The EDM Stage (with its own EDM Stage VVIP zone) will featured amazing DJs such as Alan Walker, R3hab, Lady Faith and Illenium, while the Live Stage will host well-known bands such as Ireland’s Kodaline, UK singer-songwriter Shura, American indie pop band Lany, and 90s Brit-rock superstars Suede. Other zones include the Trap stage, and the Pool & After Party zone (must be age 20 or older to enter). Alongside the music, activities such as horoscope readings, an herbal inhalation workshop, hair knitting, face painting, and more will be offered, as well as plenty of food stations. And if you want to stay right on the MAYA premises (100/24, Moo 9, Pong, Bang Lamung District, Chonburi), a variety of RV camping and glamping options exist as part of the many different ticket packages.
Jai Thep 2020, Chiang Mai
Known as Northern Thailand’s leading arts and music celebration, the amazing Jai Thep Festival returns for its fifth year, taking place from January 31st to February 2nd in Chiang Mai. This 3-day celebration of art, music, and magic prides itself on being a multicultural, family-friendly, international event, with followers returning from all corners of the world to enjoy resonating beats and good vibes deep in the Lanna countryside. Experience a variety of stages with amazing DJs and live music performances, as well as art installations and immersive environments, plus workshops and classes to explore – everything from hula-hooping to laughter yoga. Striving to be eco-conscious, Jai Thep’s organizers ask everyone to also please bring a personal, reusable water container (which will drastically reduce the festival’s carbon footprint). The event is being staged once again at the Lanna Rock Garden, just outside Chiang Mai Old City, and while onsite camping is available, a nice hotel in town is never a bad idea.
Magic Mountain 2020, Chiang Rai
Perhaps not as well-known as some festivals in Thailand, the 2020 edition of the 3-day Magic Mountain International Music Festival taking place in Chiang Rai is shaping up to be a wildly psychedelic weekend in the wilderness. The event runs from January 17th to 19th, and will feature a huge lineup of Thai and international DJs as well as a large selection of excellent food – veggie options available – and drink sellers. You can camp onsite, or get a nice luxury room in the city or in the surrounding mountainsides.