It’s weird. It’s wonderful. It’s Wonderfruit. Thailand’s answer to Coachella returns to the rolling fields of rural Pattaya from December 17-20. Just like last year, in its wildly popular inaugural edition, the seminal festival combines music, culinary arts, environmentalism, health and wellness activities, round-the-clock parties, and more on the sprawling grounds of a golf course-in-waiting.
A key pillar of the experience is, of course, music. This year, Wonderfruit promises another line-up of leading artists from around the world. Among international acts on the bill are Com Truise, The Faint, Yasiin Bey (the rapper better known as Mos Def), Rhye, Anchorsong, and the iy_project, a unique collaboration of renowned light artist Chris Levine and composer Jon Hopkins. Some of the top Thai artists taking part are Polycat, Greasy Cafe, Pongsit Kampee, and DESKTOP ERROR.
What starts at music extends far beyond the medium, as festival co-founders Jay Montonn and Pete Phornprapha have designed Wonderfruit to nurture discourse, creativity, and total well-being, linking the earth and the human spirit. Dining will take many forms—cafés, pop-up restaurants, farm-to-table feasts, food trucks, and street food stalls—and there will be a variety of drinks, too, from coconut water to coffee to craft beer and cocktails. An eco-friendly bonus is the integrated water filtration system, allowing guests to fill up their bottles with clean water any time of day.
Visual art incorporates performance, architecture, installation, design, and fashion, the driving forces behind which include Thai artist Witaya Junma and Duangrit Bunnag, founder of The Jam Factory. On the holistic side of things, Wonderfruit offers wellness workshops and gatherings aimed at bettering the body and soul. Think yoga, a play palace for kids, a swimming hole, and, yes, drum circles.
Wonderfruit is more than a festival—it’s a cross-cultural experience the likes of which Thailand had never seen before 2014. And with each passing year, it gains new and greater texture. Of all the festivals on the docket this December, Wonderfruit is the one not to miss. For more information and ticket prices, visit wonderfruitfestival.com.