Indonesia’s premier festival for all things music, fashion, food and the arts.
Year on year, organisers Ismaya Live continue to outdo themselves with carefully curated lineups, pieced together with artists right at the top of their respective genres. The first headliner bound for Indonesia’s bustling capital this year is none other than viral hip-hop duo, Rae Sremmurd. Still riding a wave of success from their global hit ‘Black Beatles’, and specialising in party-friendly trap anthems, the Atlanta-based duo will be lighting up the WTF mainstage come July. They join multi-grammy-nominated R&B icon Daniel Caesar, who gained international attention with his Billboard #1 album Freudian back in 2017 and major follow up collaborations with the likes of H.E.R and Jessie Reyez. Also announced today and continuing on the R&B tip, is South-Korean sensation DEAN, and one of the hottest breakthrough acts currently on the circuit, 6LACK. With his music a nod to the sounds of Usher and T-Pain, his cuts including ‘OTW’ and ‘PRBLMS’ have struck a chord the world over.
Returning to Jakarta is one of Indonesia’s best loved bands, Cigarettes After Sex. With their sultry and emotionally charged tracks soothing the nation and beyond, their performance will certainly be one to remember. Taking things up a considerable gear is future-bass connoisseur San Holo, and one of house music’s rising stars Yaeji. Together with Australia’s most sought after DJ Anna Lunoe and New Zealand indie-pop sensation Baynk, there will be plenty to keep the party going right until curfew.
Flying the flag for pop is Toronto five-piece Alvvays, whose sugary melodies and dreamy chord progressions will be going down a treat with the Jakartan crowd, as will Jess Connelly, Sabrina Claudio and Rad Museum’s unique brand of soulful R&B.
New to the billing and making his Indonesian debut is Australian pop phenomenon Troye Sivan. Having made a steady rise to stardom over the last few years with Ariana Grande and Charli XCX collaborations, worldwide tours, and his latest smash hit ‘i’m so tired…’ with Lauv, Sivan is set to showcase his glistening performance in Jakarta come July. Joining him is another pop sensation that has exploded onto the scene in the past year, Anne-Marie. Her infectious sound, which includes an Ed Sheeran co-write on ‘2002’, and energetic shows will undoubtedly be a crowd favourite.
Taking things into a more electronic sphere is Norwegian producer extraordinaire Cashmere Cat. With an eclectic sound and mouth-watering collaborations - including Ariana Grande, Selena Gomez, and Kanye West to name a few - Cashmere Cat’s show promises to be one of a kind. In similar sonic territory and also joining the proceedings this year is future-bass trailblazer Jai Wolf and 88rising success story Joji.
Joining the likes of Troye Sivan, Rae Sremmurd and 6LACK, is R&B newcomer and viral sensation Bazzi. Harnessing the power of Snapchat and Vine to carve out his early career, the LA-based songwriter has racked up millions of streams and become one of the most hotly tipped vocal talents around. Ticket holders can look forward to his huge collaboration with Camila Cabelo on ‘Beautiful’, a song which is sure to get the blood pumping and audience singing.
For those more indie inclined, We The Fest has invited all girl quartet Warpaint to Indonesia’s vibrant capital. With a career that has spanned for more than a decade, the band has speer-headed the genre of ‘art-rock’, achieving near legendary status in the process. Their dreamy soundscapes and dulcet tones will undoubtedly have WTF onlookers in a trance from start to finish. Another band flying the flag for indie music, albeit with an electro twist, is Capital Cities, whose bright and catchy songs are set to be a crowd favourite.
Capping off the international headliners is one of Australia’s biggest DJ exports, Nina Las Vegas. Enlisted to keep the party going until close, Nina will be taking revellers on a future bass journey and lighting up the Jiexpo Kemayoran with her unique selections. Joining her behind the decks are Indonesian favourites Patricia Shuldtz, Dipha Barus and instant party starters Fun On A Weekend.
Indonesian talent is also on display with the likes of Coldiac, TULUS. Feast and rock outfit DEWA19 featuring Ari Lasso & Dul Jaelani, showing why the country continues to put out some of the most exciting music in the region. Together with returning Indonesian favourites, Barasuara and Elephant Kind who both released chart-topping albums this year, indie heavyweights The Adams, and Pamungkas who will be making their festival debut, We The Fest 2019 looks set to have one of the most diverse and interesting lineups to date.
We The Fest has always prided itself on offering much more than just artist performances and this year is no different with the return of the festival’s ‘Beyond The Music’ area. Incorporating an Arts Village, Ismaya Food Town’s Eats & Beats food court, a Cinema Club where old and new movies will be on show, WTF Con where punters can interact with curated brands and media partners, and a Carnifun games section, ticket-holders will be spoilt for choice when they want to take a break from the music.
We The Fest has also unveiled a raft of new ‘Beyond The Music’ activations to keep punters entertained when they want to take a break from the music. WTF Post Office, a collaboration with Pos Indonesia, will allow festival goers to send WTF19 special edition postcards via mail with custom made stamps. After writing home, ticket-holders can then sit back and watch a film in the WTF Cinema Club or check out the installation devised by French visionary Vivien Poly exclusively for the festival. This combined with a special area for disabled access, Sama Bisa Bisa Sama, makes We The Fest 2019 one of the most progressive and interesting festivals to go to this summer.