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Thailand’s Wonderfruit returns with a focus on sustainability and head-turning line-up

Music combines with art, lifestyle and wellness in the festivals pop-up city

  • In association with Wonderfruit Festival
  • 1 August 2019

Thailand’s Wonderfruit festival is returning for its sixth edition from December 12 to 16, once again delivering its eco-friendly and sustainable ethos, combined with a line-up featuring names such as Massive Attack’s Daddy G and Craig Richards.

Wonderfruit is envisioning The Fields at Siam Country Club in Pattaya as an immersive and sustainable pop-up city, demonstrating the positive impact of such an environment through a variety of ‘experiences’, of which the first phase has been announced, with more to come in the coming weeks.

One of these is the Solar stage, a modular wooden structure designed by Burning Man artist Gregg Fleishman. Made to be walked on and explored, while a perfect place for sunrise and sunset with stunning vantage points, Massive Attack’s Daddy G, Acid Pauli, Arp Frique & Family and more play here.

Festival-goers may well be mistaken they are walking through the bustling streets of Bangkok on the Theatre stage as BBC Radio 3 DJ Nick Luscombe looks to bring iconic locations in the Thai capital to life with his Musicity project. Architecture-inspired musical renditions of these spaces will be put together by Erased Tape artists Daniel Brandt & Eternal Something, Douglas Dare, Hatis Noit, and more.

Craig Richards takes his Collisions series to The Quarry again this year, where the fabric resident will be joined by Binh, Felix Dickinson, Nick The Record, DOTT, Bobby., Powder, Sonja Moonear and Willow. Except anything from techno to leftfield experimentalism from some of electronic music’s most revered selectors.

The idyllic bamboo boudoir of the Forbidden Fruit stage will be hard to keep away from, especially with music provided by much-loved French label Ed Banger Records. The takeover will be led by label boss Busy P, who’ll be joined by Breakbot & Irfane, Myd and Yasmin, while Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy’ will make an appearance as special guest. They’ll be delivering a “hedonistic and flamboyant expression of any genre”.

The festival will also feature the world’s only 360-degree sound experience in the Polygon, where sensory technology, holographs, and spatialised sounds will be combined. DJs who’ll be playing here include Alban Endlos, Luis Rosenberg, Martha van Straaten, Sainte Vie and more.

Aside from the music, Wonderfruit will also be presenting a series of inspiring talks - namely Scratch Talks with stories of live, love or wonder - and some other cultural activities such as workshops and yoga sessions to “encourage exploration and self discovery”.

Wonderfruit founder Pranitan ‘Pete’ Phornprapha said: “As we build the world we want to see, we can demonstrate the power of human connection and the impact it can have.”

Tickets start at £169. Head to Wonderfruit’s website for more information.

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