Tents and camping mats everywhere are currently being crammed back into dusty cupboards, which means that it's time to feel the familiar chill of the post-festival blues. So it's just as well that the brains behind Scratch & Secret Productions (Lovebox 2014 and Wilderness) have just announced a brand new boutique festival set in a stunning location - the tropical Eastern gulf of Thailand.
Promoting local and international art, music, culture, dining and sustainable living, Wonderfruit Festival is set to be a socially conscious event with environmental concerns part of its main ethos.
Travellers hotspot Chon Buri, which boasts stunning beaches, regional delicacies and local traditions, will see internationally-acclaimed artists showcasing their talents. Confirmed acts so far are Hercules and Love Affair, Seth Troxler, Nick Mulvey, Fat Freddy's Drop and Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs.
Jo Vidler, co-founder and director of Wonderfruit, said: "All too often, large-scale music festivals leave a scar on the land. Fields of mud, plastic, empty cans, discarded tents and more are left on-site with toxic toilet chemicals leaching into the soil. Wonderfruit actively looks to work with and improve the land it sits on, using only natural and locally sourced materials for its structures and stages."
Pete Phornprapha, co-founder of Wonderfruit and owner of Scratch said, "Since we own the land, we will be creating some permanent sustainable models for the festival, and the experience as a whole, to serve as an advocate for eco friendly and sustainable ways. We want to help people understand that social responsibility and enterprising shouldn't be viewed separately. It is a long-term goal and this is just the start."
Taking place from the December 19th to 21st (when that part of southeastern Asia enjoys a cool breeze) it looks to be magic. Keep an eye out for further artist announcements and stay up to date by visiting www.WonderfruitFestival.com.
Words: Felicity Martin