Swedish acts lead the pack at new outdoor festival


The Swedish music artists José González and Little Dragon are among the headlines for a brand new music and lifestyle festival Wonderfruit taking place nearby a golf course outside Chonburi and Pattaya on 19-21 December. The internationally well-known acts will perform in company with Hip Hop legends De La Soul and a long list of other independent spanning multiple music genres.

International super-cool DJs, Damian Lazarus, Hot Natured frontman Jamie Jones and the ever-energetic The Gaslamp Killer will also be bringing their stalwart beats to the line-up.

The debuting festival is the first one ever in Thailand to include international acts on this scale and to offer a full festival package with camping facility etc. It will include six stages, an organic structure, hundreds of acts, art in the form of outdoor installations, theatre, film, talks and debates (hosted by Dr Gino Yu – Director of Digital Entertainment and Game Development at PolyU, Honk Kong).

For José González this will be the first concert on his new world tour, connecting to his next album Vestiges & Claws, to be released in February 2015.

Bringing a neofolk and acoustic edge to the line up José González performs music that has a dark and funky undercurrent, with stark, worldly grooves and drone-haunted synths.

In recent years, José González has been a highly regarded name among artists and colleagues in the music world. 2006 was the year in which he took the step from cult status to star status. His success with the single Heartbeat and the album Veneer made him one of Europe’s most fêted and hyped debut acts.

An indie folk singer-songwriter and guitarist, he won the Swedish Government’s Music Export Prize in 2006.

“With his personal expression, José González is not only unique in his role as representative of the new music of Sweden. He is one of a kind in the whole international music scene,” Sweden’s government motivated.

Little Dragon, meanwhile, a progressive electro pop quartet (formed in 2006) is on tour since the release of their latest (fourth) album Nabuma Rubberband in May this year. Little Dragon is frequently touring Europe and festivals. Their music includes many styles such as trip hop, downtempo, synth pop and neo soul!

Having progressed from being the underground music scene’s best kept secret to international acclaim, their energetic performances and dreamy liquid pop contrasted with dark melodies, will be sure to delight the crowd.

Aside non-stop music, the festival will include workshops that cover cooking, fruit carving, jewellery making and outdoor pursuits including horse riding, cycling and yoga. For the foodies, there will be mountain top banquets, hosted by Michelin starred chef David Thompson.

Sustainability plays a key role at Wonderfruit. With a focus on the environment, health and wellbeing, this festival promises to offer a truly unique experience of ‘barefoot luxury’ – perfect for that December getaway.

“We want Wonderfruit to be like no other Asian festival experience and think the festival will be a perfect add-on to anyone thinking about, or taking a holiday to Thailand this year,” says organising Secret Productions.

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