Why Wonderfruit is the Greatest Music Festival in all of Thailand
The Fields of Siam Country Club Pattaya transformed December 14-17 as DJs, artists, performers, and festival-goers took to the greens and were part of Thailand’s largest music festival: Wonderfruit. The magical event was in its third installment, and though last year’s festival was undoubtedly memorable, Wonderfruit ended 2017 with a bang with its incredible musical line-ups, amazing workshops, and much more. Here, we look back at what made Wonderfruit the greatest music festival in all of Thailand.
From learning how to better your orgasms to partaking in a gong bath, there was no shortage of things to see and do throughout the entirety of the festival. Over 10,000 people were in attendance, and all were welcome to partake in any one of the workshops taking place here. Different talks and seminars were offered every hour throughout the four-day festival to keep all those in attendance entertained, and each workshop had a short description on the festival's very own app so participants knew exactly (sort of) what they were getting into.
The six pillars
The festival of Wonderfruit has focused on six pillars since its inception: music, arts, wellness and adventure, farm to feasts, talks and workshops, and family. Each pillar had an underlying and forward-thinking ethos attached to it, and the festival used its massive platform to promote sustainable living and catalyse creativity in hopes of making a meaningful, positive impact once the festival came to a close. We certainly feel as though they have succeeded, as festival-goers could not meander far without being reminded of one of the six pillars and the ethical ethos that coincided with them.
The magical and eco-friendly atmosphere at Wonderfruit was coupled with even more amazing musical performances, including ones by Izzy Bizu, Wild Beasts, Roots Manuva, Richie Hawtin, Yeasayer, Nerve, Chronixx & Zincfence Redemption, and many more. Multiple stages were constructed and scattered throughout the Fields, and musicians from different countries of all different genres took to these stages and had festival-goers on a musical journey from early morning until late into the night.
Though the options were a bit limited, we just could not get enough of the delicious eats found at the food vendors scattered throughout the Fields. Some of the venues and eateries that were in attendance included Dean & Deluca, Farmacy, Supanniga Eating Room, Healthy food trucks, Live True X Sot, Morimoto from Bangkok, Patom’s Organic Bar, and more selling everything from coffee to sushi. Vegan choices were aplenty, as well, with an acai smoothie costing only ฿200 and many more meat-free finds found scattered throughout. In addition to the vendors, many of award-winning chefs were in attendance, serving up their signature cuisine under the alfresco banqueting hall at the Fields. The most memorable of them all was arguably the appearance by the renowned Chef Gaggan. He created a feast like no other with the help of his friends, Mathias and Thomas of Sühring that festival-goers had the privilege of indulging in.
The art installations
No detail was left behind in the making of the many art installations found around the Fields. Each one reflected the festival’s ethos of environmental sustainability, social responsibility, and the celebration of positive living, and each piece of art that was on display had to first apply to even be allowed to do so. The festival put forth some specific guidelines, as well, including encouragement for installations to be made using materials that were either natural or recycled.
Walking the long runway to enter the festival was like entering an entirely new world. Festival-goers were all dressed in dreamy outfits that would not usually fly in the real world, and those in attendance were able to let go, if only for four days, and enjoy the party. It indeed was a magical experience, and anyone lucky enough to be in Thailand when Wonderfruit announces its fourth installment in 2018 should work their hardest to be in attendance.