We The Fest 2019: Summer musical festival will have its most diverse lineup yet this year

We The Fest returns for the sixth edition on July 19-21 at JIExpo Kemayoran. Photo: Ismaya Live
We The Fest returns for the sixth edition on July 19-21 at JIExpo Kemayoran. Photo: Ismaya Live

Summer isn’t complete without music festivals, but the good news is, we don’t have to wait for too long for Indonesia’s own We The Fest (WTF) to fill the music festival-hole in our summer agenda.

This year, the sixth edition of We The Fest — the annual summer festival of music, arts, fashion, and food by Ismaya Live — will be held on July 19, 20, 21. Just like last year, this year’s We The Fest will also take place on the grounds of JIExpo Kemayoran, Central Jakarta.

Since its inaugural edition in 2014, We The Fest has become one of the leading festivals in Southeast Asia for a music-centered event that also mixes in elements of the arts, fashion and food through various activities that festival-goers can experience and explore. Over the years, We The Fest has featured a whole lot of incredible performances, from top international and Indonesian talents across different genres.

We’re happy to report that they didn’t let us down with this year’s lineup, either — we’re seeing the festival’s most musically and culturally diverse lineup yet, and we can’t be more excited:

Sing your heart out to the performances of: rapper 6LACK, indie-pop five-piece Alvvays, singer-songwriter Anne-Marie, R&B newcomer and viral sensation Bazzi, indie electro duo Capital Cities, ambient pop group Cigarettes After Sex, R&B/soul star Daniel Caesar, and the South Korean alternative R&B sensation Dean.

Wait, wait — we’re also looking forward to: former internet personality-turned-R&B and trip hop singer Joji, Australia’s rising star DJ Nina Las Vegas, Dutch DJ San Holo, all-girl indie rock quartet Warpaint, House and hip-hop DJ Yaeji. 

The cherry on top (for us, anyway) will be these three: American hip-hop duo Rae Sremmurd, consisting of brothers Slim Jxmmi and Swae Lee (also considered one of top Australia’s musical exports worldwide), South African-born singer-songwriter Troye Sivan; and the iconic English rock band Travis will also be making a rare performance at the festival, marking their first time ever playing in Indonesia.

Aside from these international musical acts, there will also be beloved Indonesian up-and-coming stars, such as: indie rock band .Feast, pop-jazz heartthrob Ardhito Pramono, alternative rock band Barasuara, genre-bending trio Elephant Kind, actress-slash-jazz songstress Eva Celia, homegrown rapper Tuan Tigabelas, and indie pop trio Fourtwnty.

The young rising star Nadin Amizah, one of Indonesia’s leading pop singers Kunto Aji, the poetic singer-songwriter Sal Priadi, and .Feast’s lead singer Baskara Putra solo act as Hindia will also be performing. We’d say you wouldn’t want to miss the performance by one of the country’s best indie acts Sore, legendary rock band Dewa 19 feat. Ari Lasso and Dul Jaelani, indie pop icon The Adams, and today’s leading DJ Dipha Barus.

There will also be other booths and activities in the venue area, such as a WTF Post Office — a collaboration with Pos Indonesia that allows festival goers to send WTF19 special edition postcards via mail with custom made stamps. You can also sit back and watch a film in the WTF Cinema Club, or check out an art installation devised by French visionary Vivien Poly exclusively for the festival. There will also be a special area for disabled access at Sama Bisa Bisa Sama.

You can still get your one-day or three-day passes at We The Fest’s official website. If you want to have the 5-star experience at WTF, you can opt for the VIB (Very Very Important Banana) or the VVIB Cabana Banana package. 


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