Music festivals are moving forward, literally and figuratively. In an effort to break new ground and heighten the live concert experience, event organisers have introduced wheels and engines. I’m talking about music festivals in motion.

The first quarter of the year saw Boats & Beats, packing 200 partygoers into 10 private yachts with the likes of AOS Collective’s DJ Dave Does (Australia), DJ Tang (UK) and MC N’FA (UK) on board fulfilling the “Beats” aspect of the festival. Organised by Belvedere Vodka and Sunshine Nation, the one-day voyage set sailed from Sentosa Cove to Lazarus Island – Singapore’s best-kept secret.

Image credit: Colossal Photos

Image credit: Colossal Photos

Just when this tropical metropolis thought the end of such music parties, the island is hit once more with a heated wave of mobile music festivals.

I will go down with this ship

…Not that it will sink, in any sense of the word. As I’m penning this article, ravers are stomping the sandy grounds of Langkawi, Malaysia. It’s The Ship, supposedly “Asia’s largest music festival on a cruise”, is a 5-day trip presented by the people of Future Music Festival Asia.

Image credit: It's the Ship

Image credit: It’s the Ship

More than 30 international names are on the line-up with highlights such as Chvrches, Sasha Grey, Lil Jon and Dash Berlin. Soak up the high life with a visit to the massive on-board casino, mini-mall, rock-climbing wall and ice-skating rink.

It’s like the modern-day Titanic, minus the tragic sinking.

Odyssey: Singapore to Malaysia*
Period: Nov 21 – Nov 25
Tickets: Too late! You snooze, you lose.

Wheels on the bus go round

The literal bandwagon has come to life. And it has 40 seats to spare. Bandwagon, the local purveyor of live music, has created The Bandwagon Bus (aptly titled). While it serves to transport passengers to the Urbanscapes music festival in Malaysia, its main goal is to make the ride an easier and more exciting one.

Prepping the travellers for the event’s leading headliner that is Kimbra, the bus hosts a mini-festival of its own with Singapore-based performers. Go wild to the sounds of .gif, Gentle Bones, Inch Chua, and Pleasantry.

Image credit: Bandwagon

Image credit: Bandwagon

Every party needs a host as well. This party has four: Aarika Lee of SIXX, Adin Kindermann of Stopgap, Hidzir Junaini (ex-JUICE editor), and Juhardi Mohamed of Bandwagon.

Odyssey: Singapore to Malaysia*
Period: Dec 6 – Dec 7
Tickets: From $469 (Two pax, inclusive of Urbanscapes passes and a standard double room at First World Hotel, Resorts World Genting). Get yours here!

*Perhaps the next travel effort should be directed towards another one of our neighbouring countries. We’ve probably seen enough of Malaysia… truly Asia. 

And now for a segment I call, Spewing a Random Slew of Words, featuring the names of vehicles on which someone should host the next music festival. Gold stars for those who can spot them.

Before I lose my train of thought, let me just say in plane language that I want no truck with rocket scientists who do not appreciate yellow submarines.