Northern Thailand’s music scene hardly gets the attention it deserves. With cooler temperatures, dramatic vistas of cascading mountains and a blissed-out vibe, we’re not sure why music festivals haven’t tapped into the region yet. All the better, it’s left room for Jai Thep Music Festival to bud and blossom into Chiang Mai’s definitive meeting of musical maestros.
The fifth edition of Jai Thep Music Festival returns to the mountains surrounding Chiang Mai from Jan 30 to Feb 2 2020. The hugely eclectic line-up makes it a worthy addition to the international festival circuit and is equally representative of Asian musical talent as western acts. From Thai techno to post-punk to abstract electronica, it’s all there at Jai Thep.
Highlights for hardcore music fans include Thailand's own Mendy Indigo who's just come off an extra-long tour of Europe which saw her play at DC10's legendary Monday Circoloco party in Ibiza, Burning Man regular Amine K whose desert beats will surely cause transcendent dance floor moments in the meadows, and Rey&Kjavik, who will be adding a German contingent to the bill with his emotive mystical melodies.
For culture-seekers, there is also Burmese social activist punks The Rebel Riot, Thai molam act Khun Narin's Electric Phin Band, and Bangkok's leading DnB talent DJ Orawan. See the A-Z line-up so far below:
Music director Jannis Kuppel says of the program: ”My goal with Jai Thep is to give people the chance to step away from their usual musical preferences and experience something different. Jai Thep has a beautiful variety of excellent music, across all sorts of genres and artists, from Thailand, SE Asia and further afield.”
The three-day music and art festival offers a lot more than just music with art and sustainability also at its core. The festival offers performance like circus acts, Thep talks, arts and wellness workshops and promotes inclusively amongst its community.
Jai Thep Festival takes place on Jan 30 to Feb 2 2020 in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Get tickets here.