Many people travel to Bali to enjoy the beaches, explore the temples and relish the unique local culture. But did you know that the island is also a great destination for live music? From sunset sessions in Canggu to smoky jazz sets in Seminyak, Bali’s music scene is thriving. Now things are about to get truly epic as the Bestival music festival comes to Bali. Here’s what you need to know about Bali’s latest attraction.

What is Bestival?

Bestival is an uber hip boutique music festival originating from the UK. The festival has been around for over 10 years. Today, Bestival is one of the main fixtures of the European festival scene, with past performers including heavy hitters like Massive Attack, Prodigy, Duran Duran, Florence & The Machine, Björk… the list goes on. Besides the epic music acts, Bestival is known for great DJ sets and elaborate set design best described as an “escapist festival wonderland.”

Thanks to the event’s massive popularity, Bestival is now reaching for world domination. In 2015, the first overseas Bestival took place in Toronto, Canada to great success. Bestival Bali is the first time Bestival will take place in Asia.

This video of Bestival 2015 will give you a taste of things to come:

Bestival Bali: When and Where?

Bestival Bali rolls into town on September 30 – October 1, 2017. The two-day festival will take place at the Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultual Park, commonly referred to as GWK. The park is located in Uluwatu in southern Bali. This location sets a very epic scene for the festival, as the park features majestic limestone cliffs and the largest statue of Garuda Wisnu on the planet.

Looking for accommodation close to Bestival Bali? These Bali villas are all located within 20 minutes of the festival venue and offer enough room for you and the crew.

Villa Capung
Villa Capung offers amazing value with prices starting at just USD $549 a night for eight guests. The three-bedroom villa is located just 18 minutes from Bestival Bali. When you’re not busy partying at Bestival Bali, you get to enjoy a private pool, daily breakfast and the services of a personal chef at the villa.

Villa Capung

Location: Uluwatu, Bali
Price: From USD $549 / night

Villa Balangan Sunset
Villa Balangan Sunset is a four-bedroom villa located just 300 metres from Balangan Beach. The villa has a 20-metre infinity pool and a private gym. The staff includes an in-house chef, so foodies will feel right at home. Needless to say, the sunset views from this clifftop villa are simply sublime.

Villa Balangan Sunset
Location: Uluwatu, Bali
Price: From USD $600 / night

Villa Indah Manis 
Heading to Bestival Bali with a smaller group? No problem! Villa Indah Manis offers an intimate one-bedroom option as well as a five-bedroom alternative. The villa is designed to pamper with a private spa room, gym, personal chef and of course, a spectacular pool. There’s also a billiard table to keep you entertained.

Villa Indah Manis
Location: Uluwatu, Bali
Price: From USD $220 / night

Villa Capung Sun Beds | Uluwatu, Bali
Villa Indah Manis Bedroom | Uluwatu, Bali

Who’s Performing at Bestival Bali?

As soon as the line-up for Bestival Bali 2017 was released, a wave of “OMG”s went fluttering across the island. The main acts include indie super stars alt-J and Purity Ring as well as funk legend George Clinton and hiphop maverick De La Soul. This will be the first time ever that alt-J and Purity Ring are performing at Bestival, so it’s bound to be a night to remember. More performers are set to be announced in the months to come, so keep your eyes peeled for the latest Bestival Bali updates. In addition to the music, there are cocktail bars, Paradise Beach Club VIP area and a street food bazar featuring both local and global cuisine.

How Much Are the Tickets and Where Can I Buy Them?

Pre-sale tickets to Bestival Bali are already available and you can buy them directly though the Bestival Bali website. Tickets are priced at USD $200 for a two-day ticket, with an added $10 service fee. If you feel like living the high life, VIP packages are also available. USD $500 gets you and 10 friends a VIP table plus a bottle of premium vodka and champagne on each day of the festival.

If you prefer to pay for your tickets in Indonesian rupiah, you can purchase Bestival Bali tickets through the BookMyShow website.

Are you as excited for Bestival Bali as we are? To stay up to date about all things Bestival, sign up for the festival newsletter on Bestival Bali’s website.

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