Best Upcoming Music Festivals In Taiwan During Fall And Winter 2015

city543-music-month-icon-theme-record-shop-bob-dylan-the-doors Press play on City543 this month as we talk music, our constant companion. From places to buy, listen and dance to music, we wanna – in the immortal words of the King of Pop – rock with you, all night, dance you into day.


Spring and summer can lay claim to Spring Scream, Spring Wave, Mega Port and numerous other music festivals, but fall and winter have just as much to offer in terms of music prowess and festival vibes. Plenty of incredible music festivals are here to ward you off the chill. If you’re looking for musical mayhem in the coming months, City543 has got you covered.

Road to Ultra: Taiwan (超凡音樂祭) on Sep. 20 in Taipei


Miami’s monster electronic dance music event is set to conquer the tranquil riverbank in Taipei, with a day of shows starring world-class DJs and EDM artists from around the world: big names such as the 3As – Alesso, Afrojack and Armin van Buuren – who are among DJ Magazine‘s Top 100 DJs of 2014. Robin Schulz and American actor Ansel Elgort, known for playing Augustus Waters in The Fault in our Stars, will also be making an appearance as Elgort’s been moonlighting as a professional DJ under the stage name Ansolo. From the early days on Miami’s famous South Beach back in 1999, Ultra has been a mecca for EDM lovers worldwide, and this spin-off Road to Ultra event is no exception. Rejoice ravers!

image by Lorenzo Pierucci

Inland Rock (内地搖滾) on Sep. 19 in Nantou


Don’t be confused, but this “inland” denotes Nantou in Taiwan, instead of Mainland China (and that’s true!). Nantou, one of the hidden treasures in Taiwan and the only inland county on this island, is getting itself on the rock ‘n’ roll map after a myriad of Taiwan music festivals themed around water. This event also boasts an extraordinary lineup all made in Taiwan. Taiwanese singer Hsieh Ming-you (謝銘祐), LTK Commune (濁水溪公社) and rapper Dog G (大支) are the big names you can expect at this super local festival.

image via Inland Rock

Daniel Pearl Day 2015 (丹尼一日音樂節) on Sep. 26 in Taipei

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This outdoor concert takes music festival to another level – with love and peace, crossing cultural and geographical borders. It is an international network of concerts that lend the power of music to promote tolerance and harmony for humanity. An accomplished journalists and musician who died tragically on assignment in 2002, Daniel Pearl lends his name to this event, in which dozen local and foreign music groups will perform music ranging form folk to rock, African to Latin-American music, and even, Hakka folk. Above all, it’s free.

image via Daniel Pearl World Music Day

Migration Music Festival: Rice River (流浪之歌音樂節 – 米河流)  from Sep. 26 to 27 in New Taipei City

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If rock guitars and dubstep don’t whet your festival appetite, find solace and stories for your ears at the Migration Music Festival. Since 2001, Migration has become the premier event for Taiwanese fans of folk and world music, marrying migration to the fusion and evolution of borderless musical styles. This year, Migration will be themed around rice and harvest on an altar-like bamboo stage. Audiences will be introduced to the lesser-known but nonetheless high-caliber international performers from Southeast Asia, Greece, Mali, among other far-away places. Everything from singing to storytelling will surely make this party an interesting yet informative experience.

image via Migration Music Festival 

Beastie Rock (巨獸搖滾 5.0) from Oct. 12 to 14 in New Taipei City


Taiwan’s all-passion, no-budget rock festival, Beastie Rock, is back this autumn, even though one of the organizers, Indie DaaDee (音地大帝), declared his bankruptcy early this year. Retaining a Woodstock spirit, Beastie Rock is the “purest” music festival organized by a group of people with different backgrounds who share something in common: enjoying the music and going wild. More than 70 local and international bands are invited to the compact site. With barely any space between the stage and the audience, the bands get to gig in front of rowdy crowds for this three-day event in Tamsui. If there is one festival where you can literally stand amidst Taiwan’s indie rock scene, this is probably it.

image via 皓程 楊

Poseidon Electric Carnival (海神電子嘉年華) from Oct. 3 to 4 in Taichung

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When it comes to throwing huge outrageous EDM bashes, Ultra got a new rival in Taichung this fall. Poseidon is causing another earthquake in this new EDM mecca – with music, however. The impressive line-up is a point of pride: cutting-edge DJ Tiësto, six-time Grammy award winner Skrillex, and many other big-hitters such as Aly & Fila, Vicetone and Mija. An impressive line-up, dazzling stage and great music – difficult to contain your excitement before that? No worries. Two warm-up parties will be held in Taipei City on September 30 and October 1 respectively.

image via Poseidon Electric Carnival  

Unlimited Freedom Festival (無限自由藝術音樂節) from Oct. 9 to 11 in Taichung


After eight years, Taiwan’s most representative indie music festival is coming back to Taichung. Combining a cool camp and carnival with rocking beats always works under the autumn breeze. The three-day extravaganza attracts a plethora of international names in rock – some are lesser known but with mind-blowing surprises in their music. The idea of this indie rock festival was formed in 2007 by Taichung indie label Roc steady co. Although the label was focused on live house music for the last few years, the group’s ambitions are loftier still: wedding Taiwanese culture and hippie culture via music and freedom.

image via Unlimited Freedom Festival

Taichung Jazz Music Festival (臺中爵士音樂節) from Oct 24 to Nov. 1 in Taichung


All you cool cats and jazz hats should head to Taichung this October. The annual jazz music festival returns with 43 performances, as well-known jazz musicians from Taiwan and around the world bring world-class shows to local jazz aficionados. In its thirteenth year, the jazz music festival will be held alongside the Taichung Flower Capital Art Festival (臺中花都藝術節). Isn’t it nice to enjoy nights of flowers with saxophones, trombones and mellow vocals all together? Free workshops are also available.

image via 臺中爵士音樂節

Taiwan International Contemporary A Cappella Festival (台灣國際重唱藝術節) from Oct. 17 to 28 in Taipei


Look here, Pitch Perfect fans. Asia’s most important a cappella festival is celebrating its fourteenth year this autumn in Taipei, with a line-up local talent, as well as Jazzation from Hungary and Cadence from Canada. Offering a jam-packed schedule of diverse performances, workshops, talks, and interactive events, this festival becomes an enriching cultural experience.

image via Cadence

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