Thailand’s most distinguished outdoor music and arts festival, Wonderfruit released its first round of featured artists including stalwart names like Alex Kassian, Alabaster DePlume, Fantastic Man, Helena Hauff, Monophonik, Patrick Watson, Rival Consoles, Space Afrika, Sweely, Vân Anh, as well as a celebratory takeover by 25 Years of Rush Hour, the renowned Amsterdam record store and musical institution.
Returning after a 2022 comeback that saw over 25,000 attendees throughout its 5-day program across a dozen stages, over 20 pavilions and art installations, various zones featuring a range of food and drink, different workshops, independent local boutiques, wellness sessions, and other day-to-night activities on the massive 50-hectare grounds of The Fields at Siam Country Club, Pattaya.
Centered around an immersive experience blending music, art, wellness, and sustainability, Wonderfruit has captivated festival-goers for nearly a decade with its organically designed environment and commitment to ecological harmony and social responsibility. The newly introduced Ancestral Forest, a regenerative forest and multisensory experience that grows functional and medicinal plants alongside native trees, naturally complements the oasis-like bamboo Bath House in the nearby pond. The Solar Stage, adapted from a modular, portable design by architect Gregg Fleishman for Burning Man, integrates an interlocking honeycomb structure with the sun’s position in the sky, offering majestic sunrise and sunset views from the highest vista on the festival grounds. Meanwhile, the Polygon Live set-up comes alive with 3D virtual-reality surround sound technology synchronized with a geometric canopy of reactive lights dancing in the night. With interactive installations throughout, cultural tributes, an abundance of photo-ready backdrops, creative sculptures, natural scenery, and a camouflaged karaoke booth, Wonderfruit’s dynamic space design offers guests a diversity of exploration and discovery.
Inspired by the circular patterns of sound waves, several different structures designed by Ab Rogers seem to resonate out of their surroundings, built from native resources and reclaimed materials. Pavilions dedicated to sustainable practices, agriculture, local perspectives, and innovative technology showcase the festival’s holistic philosophy and eco-conscious ethos. Many activities focus on wellness and rejuvenation, including yoga, meditative soundscapes, and natural remedies. Artworks promote dialogue and foster connections while also stimulating the imagination. The melting pot of musical styles, genres, and performances aims to inspire and promote the transformative power of art and music.
This year, Wonderfruit’s continuously evolving global community welcomes a host of talented acts to The Fields. A highlight from the festival’s preliminary lineup announcement is Pimpa Pornsiri, a legendary Thai singer and trailblazer of Thai country music who brings a fusion of indigenous musical traditions and eclectic influences. Look out for charismatic live sets from Monophonik, whose wild interpretations of synth-heavy techno have been shaking the Indian subcontinent; Space Afrika, the UK-based duo experimenting with raw, deep cuts, and retrofuturist dubscapes; Erased Tapes mainstay Rival Consoles; Canadian indie darlings Patrick Watson; improvisational jazz musician Alabaster DePlume; and Sweely, the versatile French American phenom pushing the boundaries of house, minimal, and electro.
Vietnam’s emerging powerhouse Di Linh, resident at Ho Chi Minh City’s The Observatory and Hanoi’s Savage night club, makes a hotly anticipated debut. Vân Anh, a rising artist in the Dutch scene, is another Wonderfruit newcomer. Hamburg-based DJ Helena Hauff brings her distinct brand of stripped-down, industrial-tinged techno.
The five-day festival runs from December 14, Thursday, with gates opening at 4 PM. Over 99 hours of programming span the entire weekend, spilling over into a midday closing set on December 18, Monday. The limited 72-hour Public Sale for Full Pass tickets is happening from June 14 to June 17, 2023. Full Passes grant access to all five festival days. More ticket information can be found here.