This month, besides the sand, sea, and surf, Bali’s leading food festival returns with an exciting line up and an equally stellar rotation of DJs and musicians visiting to give the island paradise‘s nightlife scene a boost. Read more for our top picks of events, parties, and festivals going on in Bali this April:
Sasha x Woo Bar
After making a comeback with original tech-house/electronic mix ‘Vapourspace’ a couple years ago and making major reappearances at several sellout shows like re-Fracted (live) at Barbican Centre London, a six-week RESISTANCE residency at Privilege in Ibiza and Coachella festival, Grammy Award nominee and Welsh producer Sasha is taking you on a late night session at Woo bar with W Hotel Bali’s music curator Damian Saint and Indonesian rising star Jonathan Kusuma. An epic lineup to start your weekend early!
When: 5 April 2018
Where: Woo Bar, W Hotel, Seminyak
Entry: Free entry
Bali Spirit Festival 2018
Expect a soul-nurturing journey through dance, music, yoga and art. Happening at the beloved original venue Bali Purnati Center for the Arts 20 minutes away from the hustle and bustle of Ubud, this year’s Bali Spirit Festival is bringing back a line-up of yoga and meditation masters Janet Stone, Eoin Finn, Young Ho Kim and many more. Themed ‘Return to Source’, the weeklong event will also see a chain of day and night musical performances by Kamau Abayomi, Jemma, Tina Malia, and local gems such as Zat Kimia and Rhytm Rebels.
When: now till 8 April 2018
Where: Bali Purnati Center for the Arts, Ubud
Entry: from US$30 for a music day pass and US$149 for a spirit day pass. More information here.
Derrick May x Jenja
Detroit electronic musician Derrick May will be bringing his streamlined percussion-heavy techno beats to the basement of Jenja this Friday. Also known as Mayday and Rhythim Is Rhythim, the man is known for his instrumental experimentations, testing the limits of spirit within electronic dance music, with his best materials such as ‘Nude photo’, ‘Strings of Life’ and ‘Kaos’ produced through his very own Transmat Records label. This weekend, his warm Chicago styled tunes will be accompanied by the beats of Jenja’s golden resident DJs Wisdy and Andy Chunes.
When: 6 April 2018
Where: Jenja Bali
Entry: Free entry before 12am, more information and tickets here.
Ubud Food Festival 2018
Here comes another three days of culinary festivities that no true foodie should miss out on! The fourth edition of Ubud Food Festival is carries the theme of ‘Generasi Inovasi’ (Generation of Innovation), and is inspired by Indonesia’s young generation driving the nation’s food economy with technology. Join the celebration of the archipelago’s rich culinary heritage through the thrilling transformations made by both emerging and established culinary heroes in Asia – including Singapore-based chefs like Petrina Loh, Sun Kim, and Rishi Naleendra – and spoil your taste buds with special dinners, cooking demonstrations, film screenings, and food tours to masterclasses, as well as several free public events.
When: 13 – 15 April 2018
Where: Jl. Raya Sanggingan, Ubud
Entry: from Rp. 250,000 for a one-day pass, more information and tickets here.
VICE x Potato Head Weekender
Look forward to a weekend full of art, film and youth-led culture from another killer collaboration between VICE Indonesia and Potato Head. A line-up of UK and European spinners, including the celebrated DJ Harvey will be shaking Potato Head Beach Club’s dancefloor with disco and dance tunes, alongside Velvet Season & The Hearts of Gold (Gerry Rooney and Joel Martin), Thomas Bullock, and Pete Herbert. Devote the rest of your time checking out Jakarta’s Pleasure crew’s collaboration with Comme des Garçon’s Dover Street Market, as well as workshops and installations by ISLAND OF THE GODS and other local artists. Closing the weekend are the film screenings of ‘Blood, Guts and Bad Acting: Inside Indonesian B Movies of the 80’s’, ‘Boogie Horse’ and ‘The Cult of Debt Forgiveness’ by VICE on Sunday.
When: 7 – 8 April 2018
Where: Potato Head Beach Club
Entry: From IDR200,000, includes one drink. More information and tickets here.
Moonlight Festival at La Laguna
In the spirit of the super moon month, La Laguna’s inaugural Moonlight Festival will be taking folks on an enchanting all-night-til’-sunrise experience through musical sets taking place at the three neighboring beach spots of La Laguna, La Brisa, and event partner Bali Green Life. Dance your way through the moonrises and the sunrises amidst the mesmerising setting of sandy beaches, gypsy gardens, and rice fields to the beats of underground music by international musicians such as Petre Inspirescu, Barac Hector Moralez, Franck Roger, Djebali, and more.
When: 6 – 8 April 2018
Where: La Laguna, La Brisa and Greenfield
Entry: from US$15 for a day pass, more information and tickets here.
Guy Gerber Rumors Bali
Find out what happens when Ibiza’s musical shindig is adapted in the setting of one of Uluwatu cliff hotspots! Guy Gerber’s established party brand Rumors is coming with its 2018 world tour party experiences. Over the years, Rumors has progressed through sell-out shows in different locations all over the world such as Mykonos, London, Tulum, New York, Rio De Janeiro and many more. Be sure to book your VIP daybeds from 10 AM til’ late.
When: 6 April 2018
Where: Ulu Cliffhouse
Entry: Free entry
Grand Opening Weekend: OMNIA Bali
With their outstanding series of the rising Phoenix Sundays, OMNIA will be hosting a special edition of the day party against the backdrop of their stunning Pecatu landscape to round off their Grand Opening Weekend. The international EDM superstars such as Marshmello and Martin Garrix to kick off the weekend with their enigmatic electric sets, before closing off with a bang with an exceptional selection of house and techno pioneers on Sunday.
When: 27-29 April 2018
Where: OMNIA Bali
Entry: prices differ for various headliners. More information and tickets here.