Indonesia’s Djakarta Warehouse Project, the Largest EDM Festival in Asia

Indonesia’s Djakarta Warehouse Project, the Largest EDM Festival in Asia

Since its inception in 2008, the Djakarta Warehouse Project has grown into Asia's largest, most eclectic dance music festivals, welcoming a record-breaking 90,000 visitors to its two-day event in 2016, beating other heavy-hitting dance music gatherings such as Ultra Japan, as quoted by Billboard.

Image: Billboard
Image: Billboard

Organisers expect this year’s event – at the Jakarta International Expo centre (the festival’s home since 2014) from December 15 to 16 – to set another record.

The festival's phase 1 lineup is out to cover all bases.Headliners include future bass pioneer Flume, the legendary Tiesto, star festival DJ Marshmello, pop-dance pros Galantis, bass behemoths DVBBS, W&W sideproject NWYR, and Dutch electro monster R3hab.

This year phase 2 of the lineup includes techno powerhouses Richie Hawtin and Loco Dice, Trance artist Ian Bluestone, and bass heads Zeds Dead and FlosstradamusSteve Aoki will be dishing out the big room house sounds.

Several other DJ are listed on the lineup including Rehab, Loco Dice, Flume, Ookay, and Tiësto. NYWR is slated to put on an exclusive Asia show with the Elrow Label hosting their very own stage.

Due to its diverse line-up of headline artists and its affordability, DWP manages to attract not only local dance music fans, but fans from all over Southeast Asia.

Christian Rijanto, co-founder of festival organiser Ismaya Live, told South China Morning Post, last year more than 27,000 attendees came from outside Indonesia. Music trends among Indonesia’s youth have also played a big role in boosting the festival’s popularity, as EDM has become wildly popular in the archipelago’s club and nightlife scene.

Since becoming a dedicated EDM festival, DWP has featured a wide range of superstar DJs. “The biggest names that we’ve ever hosted have been David Guetta, Alesso, Martin Garrix and Hardwell,” says Sarah Deshita, assistant brand manager at Ismaya Live to South China Morning Post.

Since it launched, DWP has benefited from a surge of interest in EDM throughout the region. “We would say the electronic music scene is now … bigger than ever,” Rijanto says.

“With DJs collaborating with pop stars, and all the promotion on the internet, the mainstream acts are doing really well.”

DWP Lightshow. Image:
DWP Lightshow. Image:

DWP is close to reaching Ismaya Live’s target of creating a festival platform that establishes Indonesia as a music market leader in Asia. “We have such a huge population of passionate music fans in the country, and we want to show the world what people in Indonesia can do,” Rijanto says.

Tickets for DWP are now on sale, with weekend passes starting from as little as IDR 1,150,000 (roughly $80 USD), and VIP passes starting from IDR 2,500,000 (roughly $180).

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Indah Gilang Pusparani

Indah is a researcher at Badan Perencanaan Pembangunan Penelitian dan Pengembangan Daerah Kota Cirebon (Regional Development Planning and Research Agency of Cirebon Municipality). She covers More international relations, tourism, and startups in Southeast Asia region and beyond. Indah graduated from MSc Development Administration and Planning from University College London, United Kingdom in 2015. She finished bachelor degree from International Relations from University of Indonesia in 2014, with two exchange programs in Political Science at National University of Singapore and New Media in Journalism at Ball State University, USA. She was awarded Diplomacy Award at Harvard World Model United Nations and named as Indonesian Gifted Researcher by Australian National University. She is Researcher at Regional Planning Board in Cirebon, West Java. She previously worked as Editor in Bening Communication, the Commonwealth Parliament Association UK, and diplomacy consulting firm Best Delegate LLC in USA. Less
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