There’s definitely no shortage of music festivals during this concert-heavy couple of months, but with a stellar three-day (!) line-up and plenty of other elements in the realm of fashion and arts to see, We The Fest 2018 (WTF 2018) in Jakarta looks set to be the definitive one on your radar.
Thinking of heading overseas for a quick getaway with your best mates and catching some of the world’s best music acts? Then you ought to seriously consider WTF 2018, happening between 20 to 22 July at the Jakarta International Expo. The fifth edition this year will see the likes of electronic acts such as Odesza and Petit Biscuit, alternative rockers Alt-J and The Neighbourhood, female game-changers Lorde and SZA, as well as guitar hero James Bay. Local favourites The Sam Willows also join the fray on Day 2 of the festival!
Before the festivities, we highlight three headliners that we can’t wait to throw our hands up to later this month.
Ella O’Connor might be only 21 years old, but she’s already earned two Grammys to her name and is currently on her second worldwide tour that will see her cap off the second night of WTF on a high. Better known as Lorde, the enigmatic songstress defied any assumptions of a sophomore slump, when her second album Melodrama notched highs on many critics’ best of 2017 lists, and even scored a coveted Grammy nomination for Album of the Year. With stirring tracks like ‘Green Light’, ‘Royals’ and ‘Liability’, expect nothing short of greatness from Lorde’s first ever live performance in Southeast Asia.
As part of their ongoing Asia tour, ODESZA is set to light up WTF with their explosive live set. The dynamic electronic duo has garnered heaps of praise for tracks like ‘Higher Ground’ and ‘Late Night’, and a devout fanbase eager to lose themselves in their tunes. Their latest album A Moment Apart was nominated for Best Dance/Electronic Album at this year’s Grammy Awards too, and there’s no doubt that these guys will prove just why they deserve that honour later this month.
Is there anyone else whose rise has been so captivating to watch than SZA? Pronounced “Sizza” (not “SAR” or “ZHA”), the R&B songbird SZA has been making quiet but deadly moves on her ascent to the top of the music scene. First gaining notice from collaborations with Rihanna and Chance The Rapper, SZA has blossomed into her own, stunning critics and fans alike with her debut album Ctrl, alongside statement guest spots on singles with Maroon 5 and Kendrick Lamar. Boasting sultry vocals, pensive lyrics and slow-burning beats, SZA’s music is bound to take listeners on an unforgettable journey.