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A Lively Atmosphere from We the Fest

Tulus is one of the performers at We the Fest

Southeast Asia’s biggest summer festival of music, arts, fashion, and food, We the Fest, has brought a lively atmosphere for the festival’s sixth edition which was held on 19-21st July at Jakarta International Expo Kemayoran.

The festival’s first day was headlined by pop superstar Troye Sivan, whose latest album “Bloom” has given us hits such as “My! My! My!”, “Bloom”, and “Good Side”. Also performing on the first day of the festival were Alvvays, Bazzi, Cade, Capital Cities, DEAN, Dewa19 feat. Ari Lasso & Dul Jaelani, Jai Wolf, Rad Museum, and San Holo. Highlights from our homegrown acts included The Adams, Sal Priadi, Gerald Situmorang & Sri Hanuraga, and Sore.

We the Fest welcomed Scotish band Travis to headline on its second day. The band’s performance at the festival marked their first ever performance in Indonesia. A plethora of acts from various genres came ready to entertain revellers attending day 2, including Anna Lunoe, Anne-Marie, Barasuara, Baynk, Daniel Caesar, Jess Connelly, Nina Las Vegas, RAN, Sabrina Claudio, Endah N Rhesa, Matter Halo, Nadin Amizah, and Pamungkas.

Hip-hop duo Rae Sremmurd brought their hits to the closing day of the festival, performing as headliners on the main WTF Stage. The hip-hop vibe continued with 6lack who was also able to mark his first performance in Indonesia at the festival. Festival goers were treated to incredible live performances from Cigarettes After Sex, Warpaint, Tulus, Joji, Elephant Kind, Kunto Aji, and more before Yaeji and Indonesia’s very own Dipha Barus closed the festival with their high-octane sets.

Across all three days, the festival celebrated all things music, arts, fashion, food, and even more through various activities spread around the venue under the Beyond The Music list. Returning zones this year included Ismaya Group’s food town; Eats & Beats presented by Fruit Tea, a zone dedicated for all things arts & crafts; Art Village presented by IM3 Oreedoo, a silent cinema that screens curated short films called WTF Cinema Club, in collaboration with the British Council and IFI Jakarta; and WTF Con presented by, a dedicated hall that exhibits a range of products and activities from the nation’s most up-and-coming brands, institutions, and organizations. One of last year’s favorite things to do, WTF Post Office, also made a return at WTF Con this year.

We the Fest has also broken boundaries through its various efforts including the Sama Bisa Bisa Sama campaign, with the British Council, that provided special viewing platforms for wheelchair-bound festival-goers. Initiated during last year’s edition, the campaign is the festival’s first step to make it as inclusive as possible.

We the Fest is an annual festival that has taken place since 2014. This 3-day music, arts, fashion, and food festival hosts major international and homegrown acts.

Image: We the Fest Doc.

See: MATA Project – An Audio-visual Collaboration of Indonesian and Italian Music Artists

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