We The Fest

  

We The Fest

Home to a We The Fest - a festival of music, arts, fashion and food - Indonesia's capital of Jakarta becomes a cultural mecca every summer. Whether you are into pop, rock, indie, hip hop or electronic music, this epic event packs a medley of top-class acts that run the gamut of music genres. wethefest.com

Despite offering a myriad of music genres rather than specialising in one, We The Fest is all about the big names, backed up by some of the greatest artists of the international music scene. As such, it has a year-on-year cracking lineup, the likes of The Kooks, Dua Lipa, Ellie Goulding, Big Sean, The 1975, G-Eazy, Mark Ronson, Phoenix, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, CL, The Temper Trap, Purity Ring, Flight Facilities, Jessie Ware, Potret, NAIF, Scaller, Barasuara, Sheila on 7, Raisa, The Trees and the Wild, Ramengvrl, Elephant Kind, and Stars & Rabbit amongst many others.
The first edition of the festival took place on August 24, 2014, and it has since been promoted by Ismaya Live. Although the three-day gathering used to be held at Parkir Timur Senayan ever since its opening, it was moved to Jakarta International Expo Kemayoran in 2017.
According to the festival's official website: “In 2017, We The Fest was held for 3 days for the first time ever and welcomed more than 50,000 festival-goers from around the globe over three days including the president of Indonesia, Joko Widodo.”
Described as "a classy festival" by Vice for its friendly vibe and how slickly it has been organized, the official website claims, “the festival is a pioneer of its kind in the Southeast Asian festival scene with elements such as arts, fashion and food presented through various whimsical activations and zones festival-goers can experience and explore.”
The third edition of the festival was a game changer for the event as it welcomed sixteen international acts and twenty-five local acts set to perform in three stages. While the WTF Stage was presented by Urban gigs, the Stage is B.A.N.A.N.A.S. was presented by H&M, and the Another Stage was presented by Joox in collaboration with Indonesian music label, Demajors.
Ismaya Live also introduced a competition called “Submit Your Band,” which allows the chosen bands to have a chance to perform at the We The Fest. This competition allows a solo artist to participate in the festival in the fourth edition, which is being held during three days at the Jakarta International Expo Kemayoran, North Jakarta.
There's an indie pop and soul music focus in 2018, with Lorde and James Bay performing at the main stage. The supporting acts include ODESZA, Alt-J, Nick Murphy, The Neighbourhood, Albert Hammond Jr., Barasuara, Efek Rumah Kaca, Gamaliet Audrey Cantika, Honne, Louis the Child, Majid Jordan, Maliq & D'Essentials, Medasin, Moon Boots, Padi Reborn, Petit Biscuit, SG Lewis, What So Not, White Shoes & The Couples Company, A. Nayaka & The Blue Room Boys, Abenk Alter, Aydra (featuring Prince Husein), Bam Mastro, Diskoria, Fun on a Weekend x Emotion All Stars, Kimokal, Mantra Vultura, Mooner, Neonomora, Patricia Schuldtz (featuring Bayu Risa and Yacko), Pijar, Polka Wars, Rayssa Dynta, Semenjana, Seringai, SoftAnimal, Teza Sumendra and w.W (featuring MC DRWE).
The organisers advise festival-goers to come early to the festival so you can experience everything it has to offer. “Apart from music, indulge yourself in a fantastic culinary experience at Eats & Beats featuring Ismaya Group's favorite resto concepts,” claims the official website. “Unleash your artsy side at our Art Village where you can create your own festival souvenir to take home. Your inner child will thank you when you and your friends have the time of your lives at our Games Area! By now we're absolutely sure you want to come early to the festival and experience We The Fest in its fullest.”
If you are wondering what you should wear for the festival, the organisers have some interesting advice for: “Confidence! Wear anything that you're most comfortable to wear because you're going to explore the festival all day and night. Since it's a summer festival, it's always a great idea to rock that summer look that you've always wanted to pull off.”
Before you go, remember that this is also a food festival, so bring your own food to the festival area is off limits. The organisers advise you, however, to “indulge yourself in a fantastic culinary experience at Eats and Beats, where all of Ismaya Group's amazing resto concepts are ready to serve you the most delicious food & drinks all day and night.”

 

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