Wonderfruit ‘17 Brings Rudimental, Young Fathers, Shura, Lianne La Havas + More To Thailand With New Sustainability Initiatives And Thrilling Art Installations
Originally scheduled for December 2016, Thailand’s globally conscious, boutique camping festival Wonderfruit made the decision to postpone until this Thursday February 16-19, 2017 to honour the passing of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej and respect the country;s mourning period. Returning once again to The Fields at Siam Country Club in Pattaya, the event will include musicians from around the globe, stunning art installations, a stage made out of harvested rice, acclaimed chefs, engaging talks and workshops, parkour lessons, and an interactive area for kids to learn and play.
Above all, the primary focus of Wonderfruit is on helping to build towards a sustainable future. Beyond going carbon neutral for the first time by donating a portion of profits from ticket sales to the Rimba Raya Biodiversity Reserve in Indonesia, the festival is also helping to restore a mangrove forest in the vulnerable delta region of Myanmar with the help of Worldview International Foundation (WIF) and Heyerdahl Mangrove Coin (HMC). During Wonderfruit, you’ll notice a “green” drink priced at a dollar more and served in a special cup. For every green drink ordered, proceeds will go directly to the climate park
where another mangrove tree will be planted in a special Wonderfruit Forest area.
As for their eclectic music lineup, Wonderfruit has artistes including live drum-and- bass ensemble Rudimental, Scottish hip-hop trio and Mercury Award recipients for Best Album Young Fathers, rising UK vocalist and producer Shura, Grammy-nominated singer Lianne La Havas, Brooklyn indie duo Buke and Gase, and more including JUNUN featuring Shye Ben Tzur & The Rajasthan Express, Kate Simko & London Electronic Orchestra, and Mad Professor. New additions include Los Angeles-based DJ and producer Sabo with many more TBA soon.
Complementing the visionary music lineup, Wonderfruit will also offer audiences the opportunity to interact with a myriad of uniquely crafted stage designs. Celebrating Thailand's rich farming culture, The Farm Stage from creators PO-D Architects x Thor Kaichon will be decorated using harvested rice and feature a diverse lineup of musicians and performing artists. Next up is the Solar Stage from Burning Man favorite Gregg Fleishman, whose geometric approach to design will be the focal point of sunrise and sunset sets. Other highlights include the Molam Bus from Jim Thompson Arts Center, showcasing a unique genre of Thai folk music in a converted bus that acts as a stage and interactive cultural exhibition. Beyond the beauteous stage designs, guests of Wonderfruit will also experience a bevy of electrifying art installations throughout the festival grounds. Highlights will include a secluded multi-sensory chime environment called Wonder Lily Island from creator Moral Turgeman with surprise performances and ceremonial tastings; a Cocoon Playground from Waft Lab that is scheduled to include complex
audiovisual workshops and performances; rock-like objects created by Ada Chirakranont, and a blazing display of light animations and DJ sets at Bonafide from ZIEGHT x Iconic Studio.
Guests seeking out thrilling performance pieces will be delighted by an improvised mixture of dance, martial arts, physical theater and painting from Ulrich Gottlieb and his project #Touch; a breathtaking combination of flame-spinning and aerial hoop acrobatics from Somphot Thongyuak and Alexandra; spectacular circus arts from renowned performer Reprizzo, and a galactic puppet installation from Australian visual arts team Sight By Storm. Guests interested in becoming their own work of art can also step into Wonder Salon to create outlandish fantasy accessories or undergo fabulous face and body painting from Wonderfruit’s talented team of stylists.
Built on six unique pillars, Wonderfruit is more than a festival, but rather a journey that begins the moment
you enter The Fields at Siam Country Club. This year, the site will be transformed into an experiential
playground packed with 60+ music acts from all over the globe, 20+ stunning art installations and
dazzling theatrical performances, 55 exquisite gastronomic delights, 30+ engaging talks & workshops,
35+ wellness & adventures offerings, plus plenty of interactive activities for the whole family – all
intertwined to create an immersive experience for Wonderers.
Since its inception, Wonderfruit has always thrived to bring a diverse, genre-bending lineup of liveperformers that span the musical spectrum, and this year is no exception with numerous musical acts from around the world. The Living Stage will be home to notable and diverse mainstage acts from head bangers like Rudimental, famous for their heavy hitting beats and Young Fathers, a hip-hop trio from Scotland, to the eclectic likes of Kate Simko & London Electronic Orchestra with their mesmerizing blend of live orchestral and electronic music, Shura, famous for her new wave synthesized sounds and soothing vocals and Grammy nominated singer, Lianne La Havas.
Those not ready to call it a night, will most likely end up at The Quarry, Wonderfruit’s legendary after party destination. Get ready to dance till you drop to genre-defying sounds by Simian Mobile Disco and the distinctive tunes of European electronica by Yaya; or brace yourselves for some heavy hitting techno by Nicole Moudaber and a dark, hardware-only live set from Headless Horseman. Those who just woke up or haven’t slept yet, can climb up the Solar Stage, at the highest point of The Fields, built by Gregg Fleishman, who’s known for his creations at Burning Man, to catch unforgettable sunrise scenes. The Solar Stage will host the performances from Eric Volta, Sabo, YokoO and sunrise yoga with Liv Lo and Rosemary, while sunset performances will be hosted by Wolf + Lamb, Norman Jay MBE, KMLN, Marc Antona, Akimbo and more. Farm Stage, another must-see this year, will see acts like Buke and Gase, Superglasses Ska Ensemble, Yena, Sahai Hang Sailom, Srirajah Rockers, At Adau, Nang Talung Sakon Dharma and more.
Wonderers are also in for a treat as Forbidden Fruit hosts Wonderfruit’s first ever gay party on Friday night. “Adam and Steve” features Thailand's premier drag queen, the inimitable Pangina Heals, who’ll delight revelers with her “waacking” performances, outrageous entertainment and plenty of surprises. The appropriately fabulous venue will also be the setting for irresistible music from Luna City Express, Noxro and Uone throughout Wonderfruit, as well as the Malaysian based CEE.
The Rainforest Pavilion is where Scratch Talks will take place during the day. Get inspired by the talks from Trash Hero Thailand, the man behind Indonesian unicorn app GO-JEK and more. At night, the Pavilion will delight Wonderers with some techno beats from Agent H, Alex Joy, Cabbit, Zig Zach, Fadi, Gary Hutchings, Halim Ardie, small&Tall Soundsystem featuring Swamy and David Brabbins and other. Guests interested in expanding their worldview can take part in the Scratch Talks speaker series with a talk from Eddie Brock to discuss his project Real Island Life, which focuses on rebuilding island communities through sustainable education. Other talks will include EnVision Corporation CEO Todd Lemons speaking on sustainable technologies, Natural Capital Alliance founder Alan Laubsch touching on the use of Bitcoin's revolutionary Blockchain technology, Dr. Andy Cornish sharing stories of his work with sharks and stingrays, and Trash Hero elaborating on their remarkable beach cleanup campaigns.
As well as sustainable, Wonderfruit is also big on technology and safety. The event is completely cashless and all Wonderers will receive an RFID wristband, making paying easier and eliminating the need to worry about the safety of your wallet. The wristbands, courtesy of Bangkok Bank, can be topped up at stations around the festival.
Wonderfruit takes place at The Fields at Siam Country Club, Pattaya from 16 to 19 February 2017. Four-
day passes can currently be purchased at 5,500 baht. Visit Wonderfruit’s website for more information on
securing your tickets, travel, and accommodations.