5 exclusive acts at We The Fest you can’t miss

19 June 2018

Now that it's out, just take a look at the line-up for We The Fest and soak it all in. Depending on who you prefer, this line-up may just be the best thing to happen to the region this year — there's pop sensation Lorde, R&B breakout star SZA, indie rock band Alt-J, fiery hip-hop artist Vince Staples, EDM duo Odesza and so much more.

But while these incredible acts will also be paying a visit to neighbouring festival Good Vibes Festival, what about the acts who will be enacting a touch-and-go onto Southeast Asia with one sole date on their lengthy tour itineraries?

Keep these names on tab if you still require more reasons to attend the three-day Jakarta festival (psst… we also have a massive giveaway, this fest included).

James Bay

What should've been a dusty, backroom talent in today's beat-heavy world has become a modern sensation — James Bay's gospel-induced charm is undeniably captivating, and his pop senses have kept him high on streaming platforms.

Back in 2018 with a lush and diverse new album Electric Light, which is yet another marker of the 28-year-old's sprawling musical talents, Bay's set at We The Fest will be his only performance in Southeast Asia, and he's been given priority billing as well, so you know the show will be something special.


In the game of contemporary R&B, barely anyone comes close to the sheer raw power of Miguel's live shows.

A veritable and ambitious artist in today's music industry — most of his albums have dutifully explored complex themes and musical styles — Miguel experienced a slow-burning evolution that began with 2012's vivid Kaleidoscopic Dream, then continued with 2015's sensual Wildheart and 2017's eruptive War & Leisure.

If you're not intrigued by his almost-flawless discography, let him turn you around when he performs at We The Fest, which will be a set you'll only get to see in Jakarta come July.

Eric Nam

He may be one of K-pop's most exciting new acts, but he's also a fresh face from Korean variety TV. His charisma beams from TV studios and live stages, and Eric's bringing his live show to Jakarta while he continues to work on new material — the latest being his six-track EP, Honestly.

While Eric will perform and host Singapore's HallyuPopFest 2018 in September, this may be your only chance to catch the artist in a music festival as diverse as WTF.

Fun fact: Eric was born in Atlanta, Georgia, unlike most of his K-pop contemporaries, and he's fluent in English and Korean. He's also pretty good at Spanish.

Albert Hammond Jr

You'll need to wait a while longer for a new album by The Strokes, but the wait is made a whole lot easier with some engaging side projects by its members — frontman Julian Casablancas is holding fort with The Voidz, but guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. has kept fans intrigued since 2006 with a steady stream of solo releases.

In 2018, Hammond Jr. released the introspective and electrifying Francis Trouble, and he'll be performing songs off that album, along with some treasure troves from the past, at We The Fest. Just don't expect him to play any Strokes material.

Efek Rumah Kaca

One of Indonesia's brightest treasures in their long and storied history of rock music, Efek Rumah Kaca's inclusion into the We The Fest line-up is certainly surprising, but all the more exciting.

The four-piece initially put a halt to their activity in 2016 when frontman Cholil Mahmud took a break to pursue his studies in the US.

Now back in action, Efek Rumah Kaca will be both enchanting and awe-inspiring — with their empowering brand of alternative rock taking an opulent turn with their last album, 2015's Sinestesia, expect some intricacy with their electric magic.

We The Fest 2018 is part of MTV Big Pass, where one lucky winner will get to explore the region's biggest festivals with three friends. Flights to We The Fest in Jakarta will be sponsored by Tiket.com.


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