Bandwagon’s guide to festivals and concerts in the Asia Pacific this

Mark your calendars for the return of 2022’s biggest music festivals and concerts in Asia! 

As the borders open and pandemic restrictions on mass gatherings ease, we can finally celebrate the return of dancing in the open air among friends and strangers alike, feeling all the same emotions as live music course through our bodies. 

The drought of live gigs in the Asia Pacific region is finally coming to an end as we slowly see the comeback of iconic music events, concerts, festivals, and international acts to the region. This time, the announcements of local events and big-ticket concerts and festivals contain a glimmer of hope as things seem to be approaching endemic. 

Bandwagon is just as excited as you are for the comeback of live festivals and concerts this year, and we have compiled a list of the biggest concerts and festivals coming to the region, featuring the likes of Justin Bieber, SUMMER SONIC, Head In The Clouds Jakarta, Maho Rasop, Fuji Rock, and more.

Where: Maishima Sonic Park, Osaka, and Zozomarine Stadium and Makuhari Messe, Tokyo 

When: 20 and 21 April 2022

Tickets: starts at 17, 000 JPY. Get it here.

Travel Guidelines: Currently closed to tourists

The Japanese music festival, SUMMER SONIC 2022, is back since its first run in 2019 after its break due to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and the COVID-19 pandemic. The festival will be held in Osaka and Tokyo simultaneously with different acts gracing the stage at each venue. Headlined by The 1975 and Post Malone, the festival is the perfect chance to let go and let loose for the weekend along to the likes of TXT, Carly Rae Jepsen, ONE OK ROCK, Beabadoobee, Rina Sawayama, JOJI, and more.

Where: Chichibu Muse Park, Ogano, Japan

When: 14 June to 15 June 

Tickets: starts at 49.50 Pounds. Get it here.

Travel Guidelines: Currently closed to tourists

The ultimate Jazz festival is coming your way featuring internationally famous jazz acts and homegrown Japanese artists Chris Coleman, Sergio Mendes, SIRUP, aTalkYung Ovall, KYOTO JAZZ MASSIVE, YonYon, SKI-HI, Robert Glasper, Nulbarich, Vaundy, WONK, Answer to Remember, KID FRESINO, Aile The Shota, DJ Mitsu the Beats, Jazz The New Chapter, and many more to be announced. 

Where: Austalia, New Zealand

When: 20 July in New Zealand, 23-30 July in Australia

Tickets: starts at 68.33 USD. Get it here.

Travel Guidelines: Currently open to tourists

Yungblud is coming to Australia and New Zealand with his LIFE ON MARS tour! Perth has been added to the rescheduled dates and stops, with an upgraded venue in Melbourne to accommodate more fans. It’s been three years since his last visit, and for his return, Yungblud has a slew of quirky tracks with his signature good vibes his fans can’t get enough of. 

Where: More details to be released 

When: More details to be released

Tickets: More details to be released

Travel Guidelines: More details to be released

Can it get any better than a party on a ship? The festival, It’s The Ship, last took place in 2019 from Singapore to Phucket, with other runs including trips in Japan and South Korea. Following the cryptic teaser teasing a BLACKPINK track, Squid Game characters, and internet sensation Hasbullah, along with memes of alum shipmates Henry Golding and David Hasselhoff, participants are geared up for the biggest party adventure to come.

Where: Nongnooch Pattaya Garden, Thailand

When: 28 May to 29 May

Tickets: Starting from 2,500 THB. Get it here.

Travel Guidelines: Currently open to tourists

UK-founded electronic festival, Creamfields, will be making its debut in Thailand this year, with more details yet to be announced, but those anxiously awaiting the festival can expect a lineup of the biggest names in EDM

Where: Australia, New Zealand 

When: 6 & 9 October in Australia, 11 October in New Zealand 

Tickets: Starting from 54.90 USD. Get it here.

Travel Guidelines: Currently open to tourists

American singer-songwriter mxmtoon will be dropping by Australia and New Zealand this October, bringing a whole new set of tracks alongside fan favourites in her upcoming tour, rising (the world tour)! Joining her will be  fellow American artists, Ricky Montgomery and Chloe Moriondo, and fans can get ready for a night to cry, laugh, and dance along with ‘your internet musician mom’.

Where: METROCK Osaka Event Space, Osaka, and Wakasu Park, Tokyo

When: 14 to 15 June in Osaka, and 21 May to 22 May in Tokyo

Tickets: Starting from 11,00 JPY. Get it here.

Travel Guidelines: Currently closed to tourists

Japan’s Metropoltican Rock Festival (METROCK) is having their 10th run this year. The festival will be held over two weekends, featuring well-known homegrown artists THE ORAL CIGARETTES, Omoinotake, Orange Spiny Crab, Creepy Nuts, Kroi, Frederick, Saucy Dog, SHE’S, SHISHAMO, Keina Suda, Novelbright, Ivy Color, Rain Parade, Uchikubigokumon Club Kyusoneko, Kami, Macaroni Empitsu, Jenny High, Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra, NEE, Vaundy, Hakubi, 04 Limited Sazabys, Mr. Forte, Yabai T-shirt shop, yama, LONGMAN and more. 

Where: Jakarta, Indonesia 

When: TBC

Tickets: More details to be released. Get it here.

Travel Guidelines: Currently open to tourists

The music collective, 88rising, is up and running for another run after having just wrapped up their Head In The Clouds festival in California earlier this year. After Head In The Clouds Jakarta was cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic, 88rising confirmed its return this year.

Where: Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan

When: 22 October in Kuala Lumpur, 3 November in Jakarta, 9-17 November in Japan

Tickets: Starting from 288 RM. Get it here.

Travel Guidelines: Malaysia is currently open to tourists. Meanwhile, Japan currently closed to tourists

Pop icon Justin Bieber is returning to Asia this year for two shows in Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta, and he will be moving on to Japan as a part of his Justice world tour. He will be visiting Nagoya, Osaka, and Tokyo as his stops in Japan.

Where: Lanud Gading, Wonosari Yogakarta, Jakarta, Indonesia

When: 24 to 25 September

Tickets: Starting from 500 IDR. Get it here.

Travel Guidelines: Currently open to tourists

Rejoice, metalheads! Rajawali Indonesia’s JogjaROCKarta Festival is back this September with confirmed acts, Voice of Baceprot, Burgerkill, DeadSquad, Death Vomit, Edane, Jamrud, Serigala Malam, Superman Is Dead, Prison of Blues and The Hydrant. More acts are to be announced in the coming months, but fans of heavy metal and rock are already gearing up to attend one of the biggest metal rock festivals, which previous runs featured international acts such as Extreme, Power Trip, Scorpions, and Whitesnake.

The Strokes

Where: Australia

When: 26- 29 July 2022

Tickets: Sold out. Get on the waiting list here.

Travel Guidelines: Currently open to tourists

The Strokes will be playing their first Australian headline dates in 10 years this July. Accompanied by Australian acts The Chats and The Lazy Eyes, fans are in for a banging show with this line-up. Featuring songs from their six-album catalogue, The Strokes’ live set will also feature tracks from their award-winning album, The New Abnormal.

Where: Thailand 

When: 4 June and 11 June 2022

Tickets: Starting from 790 Baht. Get it here.

Travel Guidelines: Currently open to tourists

Thai EDM festival Kolour In The Park will be colouring two weekends in June for an electric experience dancing to heavy beats outdoors under the night sky. Initially intended to return to Bangkok this February, the techno festival was postponed and will be back on another island this June, with more details yet to be announced. 

Where: Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City, Philippines

When: 9-10 April

Tickets: Starting from 900 PHP. Get it here.

Travel Guidelines: Currently open to tourists

The Philippines will be hosting its first-ever PPOP CON, a two-day convention featuring homegrown Filiipino pop artists. Aside from the genre’s biggest acts, there will be panel discussions, activities and raffles to make the convention an experience to remember. Confirmed acts include SB19, BINI, BGYO, 1ST.ONE. Press Hit Play, Alamat, 4th Impact, VXON, KAIA, and MNL48

Where: Singapore

When: 20 May to 5 June

Tickets: Starting from 15 SGD. Get it here.

Travel Guidelines: Currently open to tourists

The biggest arts festival in Singapore, SIFA, will be taking on a new artistic direction, titled The Anatomy of Performance – Ritual. Curated around three parts — CREATION, LIFE PROFUSION and SIFA X —, the festival will cover a wide array of arts, from traditional to modern creations, the series features inter-disciplinary collaborations with artists such as Syndicate, Anise, CyberSesspool, Claude Glass, deførmed and more!

Where: Australia

When: 22 July to 30 July 2022

Tickets: Starting from 99.90 USD. Get it here.

Travel Guidelines: Currently open to tourists

Liam Gallagher will be touring with his new single, ‘Everything’s Electric‘, and album, C’MON YOU KNOW, dropping by Australia as one of his tour legs! The former frontman of the band Oasis has been topping the charts for rock, and with two stops in Australia, fans are snatching up seats quickly for a night of ionic songs alongside his tracks in his new album. 

Where: Taman Bhahawan Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia 

When: 25 March to 27 March 2022

Tickets: Starting from 200 IDR. Get it here.

Travel Guidelines: Currently open to tourists

Plainsong Live will be holding Joyland, a three-day festival at Taman Bhahawan Nusa Dua, featuring local artists such as Pamungkas, Kunto Aji, Senyawa, Raisa, Isyana Sarasvati, Maliq & D’Essentials, Gabber Modus Operandi, Lomba Sihir, The SIGIT, Grrrl Gang, Basboi, The Panturas and many more. The three-day event will include comedy shows, film screenings, and workshops, displaying Bali’s local talent and vibrant arts scene. 

Splendour In The Grass

Where: North Byron Parklands, Australia 

When: 22 July to 24 July 2022

Tickets: Starting from 189 AUS. Get it here.

Travel Guidelines: Currently open to tourists

Splendour In The Grass is having its 20th anniversary and they have a banging line-up ahead! Featuring Gorillaz, YEAH YEAH YEAHS, Ruel, The Strokes, Glass Animals, Tyler, The Creator, Liam Gallagher, Dayglow, Mildlife, 1300, Banoffee, The Chats, The Lazy Eyes, Julia Stone, Mura Masa, Aitch G Flip, Tim Minchin, Jack Harlow, Tai Verdes, and more, the festival is a must-attend for those looking for an eclectic night to remember. 

Rex Orange County

Where: Australia, New Zealand 

When: 2 September & 3 September in New Zealand, 10 September in Australia 

Tickets: Starting from 79.90 USD. Get it here.

Travel Guidelines: Currently open to tourists

English singer and songwriter Rex Orange County will be embarking on his Who Cares? tour, in support of his newest album Who Cares? , with stops in Australia and New Zealand. Get ready for a night of funky sounds, good vibes and an overall colourful time with Rex Orange County.

Where: Bangkok, Thailand 

When: 19 to 20 November 2022

Tickets: More information to be released. Get it here.

Travel Guidelines: Currently open to tourists

Bangkok’s first international independent festival, Maho Rasop Festival, is back and ready for another run! Featuring local and regional artists, the festival runs over 2 days, boasting live music, electric vibes, and many other activities around the venue. Past acts include Bombay Bicycle Club, Deafheaven, The Horrors, Swim Deep, YOUNGOHM, The fin., Benny Sings, LITE, CHAI, Phum Viphurit, Summer Salt, No Party For Cao Dong, Peachy!, Onra, Junoflo, Jay Park, and more.

Where: Yuzawa, Japan

When: 29 to 31 July 2022

Tickets: Starting from 20,000 JPY. Get it here.

Travel Guidelines: Currently closed to tourists

The 25th edition of the Fuji Rock Festival was previously postponed in 2020 due to the pandemic, but is being brought back with the theme of “Music with nature and living with Corona”. Artists Bonobo, Jack White, and Halsey headlining the event at the Naeba Ski Resort, with artists such as DawesHiatus KaiyoteJonas BlueSydFoalsArlo ParksBlack PumasDinosaur Jr.Tokyo Ska Paradise OrchestraMura MasaTom MischJapanese BreakfastElephant GymMacaroni EmpitsuSNAIL MAILThe fin.,CreativeDrugStoreGLIM SPANKYGRAPEVINE, MoriyamaYoshie NakanoYuta OrisakaSoushi SakiyamaSAY SUE MEFONTAINES D.C.go!go!vanillas, Huwie IshizakiKroi, Kaho NakamuraNariaki ObukuroOYATHayato Sumino, SUPERORGANISM, and many more joining them.