As we slip into the last month of the year, Bali is embracing the holiday spirit brought on by Christmas and the upcoming 2019. If you’re visiting the Island of the Gods this month, look out for a smorgasbord of guest DJ shifts and musically inclined events. For those who prefer something less rambunctious, there’s an typographic art exhibitionpoetry slam, and a four-hands dinner at Italian farm-to-table restaurant Zibiru.


Alliance Française Bali presents French dynamic duo Samifati at creative hub Rumah Sanur for a night of electronic music festivities. The pair has spent many years experimenting with traditional music from around the world, and are set to perform their stellar combinations of violin play, projected visuals, and digital sound effects in Bali, following their Jakarta tour.

When: Saturday, 1 December 2018, from 7pm

Where: Rumah Sanur, Sanur

Entry: Free, see here for more information.

The Grand Slam 2018; Unspoken Anger

Kickstart your year end with a poetic twist. Bali-based community project UNSPOKEN, which has been providing a safe platform and space to discuss topics like mental health, lust, and freedom, will be hosting the final round of their 2018 poetry slam. Besides hearing from the six finalists, attendees can also look forward to secret poet guests that are yet to be announced.

When: Saturday, 1 December 2018, doors open 7pm

Where: BetelNut, Ubud

Entry: Rp. 50k (KTP holder), Rp. 100k (at the door). See here for more information.

Heidi & Emanuel Satie at Woobar

The headliners of W Bali’s Late Night Session this time are Heidi (Jackathon/UK) and Emanuel Satie (Moon Harbour/Crosstown Rebels/GER). The two will join forces and take turns in getting the dancefloor of Woobar going on a night of house and techno tunes. Heidi has spent over 15 years touring and establishing worldwide party brand Jackathon in that time, while the Frankfurt-born house and techno producer Emanuel has been known for dancefloor hits and standout deep-house remixes.

When: Thursday, 6 December 2018, from 10pm

Where: Woobar, Seminyak

Entry: Free, see here for more information

Burn, Baby Burn

Book your table now for this one-night only dinner experience, Burn, Baby Burn. Brought to you by farm-to-table Italian restaurant Zibiru, this four-hands, one-night only dinner features award-winning Singapore-based chef Christopher Millar (Stellar at 1-Altitude). Diners can expect a delicious smoky extravaganza with all dishes cooked over the wood fire, including Mayura wagyu sausage with onion jam and caponata, as well as wood fired yellowfin tuna accompanied by Cambodian red peppercorn, zucchini, and salmoriglio dressing.

When: Saturday, 1 December 2018, from 5pm

Where: Zibiru, Seminyak

Entry: Rp. 450k++ per person, see here for more information.

Sippy Sunday feat. Angelo Ferreri

Another year end pool party to look forward to, this edition of Sippy Sunday will host Italian producer and DJ Angelo Ferreri. Having experimented on sounds and beats at the age of 12 and continuing his groundbreaking productions throughout the years via labels MONOSIDE and Mood Funk Records, Angelo has been a consistent source of the best house music with releases in the line of David Penn, Re-Tide and Mark Funk. The lineup will also include Discrow (AUS), BTK (Bali) and TAYA (AUS).

When: Sunday, 16 December 2018, from 10am

Where: Mrs Sippy, Seminyak

Entry: Rp. 150k per person, see here for more information


One of Indonesia’s biggest music festivals, Djakarta Warehouse Project takes their 10th anniversary party to the Island of the Gods. Taking place in the majestic Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK) Cultural Park, DWP 18’ features the highly anticipated lineup of musicians and DJs worldwide such as The Weeknd, AFROJACK, Alesso, Armin Van Buuren, Mura Masa, and many more.

When: Fri-Sun, 7 – 9 December 2018

Where: GWK Cultural Park, Uluwatu

Entry: From Rp. 700k for a one-day pass, available here

Franz Ferdinand And The Local Heroes

Potato Head Beach Club Bali has December looking super lit! With a New Year’s Eve party starring Disclosure at the end of month, it begins even better with a spectacular beachside concert headlined by Scottish band Franz Ferdinand And The Local Heroes. The event will also feature local super-talents Sunset People Project, Sunmantra, Seabass, and Felix Dickinson.

When: Sunday, 2 December 2018, gates open 4pm

Where: Potato Head Beach Club, Seminyak

Entry: From Rp. 866k, available here

Soulaxis x Lefto

The second edition of Soulaxis presents Belgian DJ Lefto, who’s best known for his eclectic DJ sets and a digging sensibility influenced by working at Music Mania record store in his hometown Brussels. Expect a night of switching between jazz, hip hop, funk, future bass, South American sounds, soul, and wild African rhythms.

When: Friday, 28 December 2018, from 9pm

Where: SugarSand, Legian

Entry: Free, see here for more information

Gemma O’Brien at The Slow

Join Australia-based designer and illustrative lettering artist Gemma O’Brien on the opening night of her exhibition opening night, a showcase of expressive hand-painted typographic artworks dressing the walls of The Slow’s gallery space. Gemma O’Brien’s established design works include commissions by global brands such as Apple, Nike, Google, and The New York Times. This is certainly one artist to watch.

When: Saturday, 22 December 2018, 7pm-11.30pm

Where: The Slow, Canggu

Entry: Free, see here for more information.

YokoO at Omnia

For some groovy house music, hit up OMNIA this weekend for a session with the French born German DJ YokoO. YokoO spends a lot of time pondering basslines and warm synth riffs and has been steaming up dancefloors around the globe with his seductive house tracks. He’s also released music regularly with highly regarded labels such as All Day I Dream, Musik Gewinnt Freunde, and Kindisch. Stay tuned on OMNIA’s updates of their New Year’s Eve party lineup soon to be announced.

When: Sunday, 2 December 2018

Where: OMNIA, Uluwatu

Entry: Rp. 200k at the door, see here for more information

Top images courtesy of Djakarta Warehouse Project.