If there was any good that came from the pandemic, it’s that many in the music industry started to look at music through a new lens. In the absence of dance floors, people began to think outside of the box and find ways to intersect musical experiences with other passions in their lives and electronic music became less about standing in front of a DJ and more about sensory experiences that bridge culture, wellness and even dining experiences. The Suku Bali is tapping into just that and presents itself as a sensory and culinary experience nestled in the green foothills of Ubud — always paired with good music.
“We are a third space that fosters connectivity and creativity between all who gather behind our doors, where our patrons can resonate with each other on an authentic level,” they said in their opening announcement. "We strive not only to serve soulful food that reconnects our diners with ingredients sourced directly from local farmers, but also to curate the finest in our community, coffee, art, and music. As consumption is conducted through all five senses, we aspire to bring the best of Bali and beyond to an accessible space for all to share.”
The Suku Bali arrives in Bali just in time for the island to reawaken after the pandemic — especially for those looking to escape the confines of Canggu or slide out of Seminyak for a weekend. Offering something new, The Suku Bali welcomes those interested in music with a side of culture, wellbeing, sustainability, nature and farm-to-table food to its home nestled amongst the iconic rice paddies that surround Ubud.
In honour of its soft opening, The Suku Bali will be hosting a month-long cultural experience starting on the weekend October 23 and 24 with a movement they have named Pahlawan Domestic, or hometown hero, as a nod to everything local from farmers to musicians, chefs and artisans.
The event will kick off on Saturday morning a farmer’s market by the venue’s partner farmers followed by workshops, fire-side chats on sustainability as well as panel discussions on creativity, featuring thought leaders from the design and music industries. A star-studded roster of Indonesian talent and rising stars will soundtrack the venue’s inaugural sunset experience, featuring Ras Muhammad, Tuan Tigabelas, Mukarakat, Blue Room Boys, Anak Badung and Soltice.
Sunday will follow a similar format with the addition of a BBQ in the garden alongside an art exhibition that will showcase work from Abenk Alter, Andre Yoga and Kanoko Takaya. Evening entertainment on Sunday will be delivered by legends of the electronic music scene in Jakarta and Bali with performances by Ecilo, Indra 7, Apsara, House Cartel, Trigan Young and Halim Ardie.
See the full line-up for this forthcoming weekend below:
The event will be free from single-use plastic and looks to set the standard for post-pandemic event etiquette as the island of Bali reopens to the world. The Suku Bali also favours a sustainable future for the island that hosts it, and will be upcycling surplus ingredients into new recipes and processing kitchen scraps into agricultural supplies — all Suku dishes are prepared to minimize food waste. See some of the ways that The Suku Bali is championing sustainability below:
Doors open at 8am on both Saturday & Sunday this weekend. General Admission starts at 125k IDR for early bird pricing. Purchase them here