When we got to know that Wonderfruit was going to be a outdoor festival dedicated to music, art, and fashion, the renowned 60’s Woodstock music festival immediately came to our mind. It was a must-go for us.
This is the second year for Wonderfruit and it was held in the eco-friendly Fields at Siam Country Club in Pattaya Thailand. The four-day event was filled with interactive workshops, amazing art installations, health and wellness offerings, natural adventures, food, fashion and of course, music all in one place.
During the day, the healing village offered yoga and meditation classes. There were also creative-based DIY workshops such as making masks, fabric tie-dye techniques, cutting boards, making handmade accessories and even kites. For adventure seekers, there was a bootcamp to learn a trick or two at the circus camp or jump in to the nature pond for skinny dipping or simply lay around for a tan. There were many art installations for participants to play and experience and most of them were made out of recycled materials and raw materials. The Shingo Gokan’s hidden bar, for example was built with bamboo and zinc and it played beautiful jazz from vinyl records.
The festival was pets and kids friendly so there was a children playground with baby sitting services and children puppet show to keep the kids entertained while the parents enjoyed a dance at the music stage.
When the sun set and the temperature dropped, the local cool kids came out to play. Many fashionistas put on their best styles and hung out at “A taste of Wonder” which was area dedicated to fashion stalls selling unique hairpiece, designer clothing to vintage goodies. Over here, expect to brush shoulders with celebrities, models, fashion enthusiasts who are all gathered here for the unique experience.
The festival featured a great number of international artistes and DJs as well as a handful of popular local indie bands. Highlights included Jon Hopkins x Chris Levine’s mesmerising set complete with amazing visual installation with layers of laser beams interweaved with hazy modulating clouds of light. Not to forget Rhye’s soulful vocal that stole the audiences’ hearts and Submotion Orchestra hitting the powerful note with her strong vocal. There was also the Faint who belted out their classics taking us back to good new wave punk sound era. We were most thrilled to check out the indie bands around the region such as Polycat, Desktop Error, Greasy Cafe among others. When the live music acts wrapped up, crowd moved to the after-party area named The Quarry to continue the party till dawn.
This is definitely one of a kind music festival that caters to South East Asian’s taste – providing a place to rejuvenate and recharge with good food and music. We are already looking forward to the next Wonderfruit Festival!