The Djakarta Warehouse Project



Djakarta Warehouse Project is Ismaya Live's annual dance music festival. They accomplished to be the biggest dance music festival in Indonesia, and also one of the biggest in Asia. The festival has featured the best International acts and Indonesia's best electronic artists/djs. With the highest production quality of sound and music, it is a dance festival that you will not want to miss.

Djakarta Warehouse Project has presented special performances by International DJs and performers with different music genres, ranging from: electronic, house, progressive, techno, trance, drum and bass, to dubstep. They have featured the biggest EDM stars like Avicii, Calvin Harris, Paul Van Dyk, Markus Schulz, Martin Garrix, Bob Sinclair, Roger Sanchez, Kaskade, Ferry Corsten, Nervo, Matthew Koma and many more.

Located in Jakarta, Indonesia's capital city, is Indonesia's largest electronic dance music festival and one of the largest in all of Asia. It is now a two day event (after running for five years as a single day event) that turns the city's international exposition centre in Kemayoran into a huge music techno arena where the global superstars of dance and electronic music grace the stages and entertain a huge crowd of international spectators with bass pumping music, impressive pyrotechnics and lighting that makes it feel like the whole festival is from an entirely new dimension. The festival takes part towards the end of the year in December, and this is one party that you don't want to miss.

The majority of the artists pump EDM, house and techno music through the speakers, although there is a huge variety of electronic and dance music on show. Previous superstars have included the likes of Martin Garrix, Nicky Romero, Skrillex, David Guetta, Calvin Harris, Bob Sinclair and Avicii performing over multiple stages, both sheltered and open air. The main stage is an open air place called Garudha Land with world class technics, impressive visuals, and huge aesthetic structures featuring a massive sculpture of the mythical bird Garudha, hence the name of the arena. The stage times for all the performances becomes available in early December on the official website, in the days leading up to the opening of the event.
It has become a favourite amongst performing artists due to the vibes and atmosphere, and also the energy from the crowd. What is often seen in Indonesia and not in other festivals heavy countries like Australia, is that the crowd, while enjoying a big party, will also sit down, relax and chill out between sets, and that the people are very polite and friendly, and often don't drink themselves into oblivion as is more customary at other international festivals.
The huge venue is packed full of spectators who sing and dance long into the night, dressed in neon paint, flashing lights and glowsticks. The event also prides itself on being visually spectacular, with massive firework displays, impressive lighting shows and lasers, professional dancers (sometimes suspended from the top of the stage) and pyrotechnics. The event annually attracts over 75,000 people, and although this is mostly a local audience, there is also a large attendance of international guests accounting for around 20% of the total figures.
Music tends to start around 4pm in the afternoon and continue until as late as 4am in the morning. For those who are not satisfied with ending the party so soon, there are usually a number of after parties happening all over town in venues such as the Colosseum night club where they tend to start at around 5am and continue until as late as 10am, often featuring DJs from the festival to continue the party vibes. The Colosseum can accomodate over 3000 people, and to see such a huge crowd enjoying a massive party at the usual time when people are commuting to work is completely surreal.
Travelling to Indonesia in December is quite interesting as it is the peak of the wet season, and being a tropical country, Indonesia can have a lot of rain. The festival features several outside stages, and when asked about this, the Djakarta Warehouse Project's “media guy” referred to only as Kevin in an interview, stated that they pay a black magic wizard to hold off the tropical storms, and that he only gets paid if it doesn't rain. Previous events have miraculously encountered relatively good weather, although the Jury is still out as to whether this is due to the efforts of a black magic wizard or just a coincidence.
The festival market in Asia is really just beginning to boom, whereas in other continents some of the larger, more established events have been traded in for smaller, more local, more boutique standings. More people are travelling to Southeast Asia for mega festivals and so they are attracting a lot of big names and more money is being spent on making them even more amazing, and compared to the prices of many international festivals, you get a lot of value for your money. DWP is quickly becoming a standout name for electronic music and a permanent standing in the lineup of mega festivals supporting this music, and we can expect many big names and changes in the future.


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