By The Nation
The festival promises to be bigger and better this year, as Wonderfruit adds more names to the list of music acts that span the spectrum of musical moods and tones. At sunset, the celebrations centre on Solar Stage, with performances from Space Telexxx and Thai reggae pioneer Gapi and the Thai Dub Mafia, percussion duo Hernandez Brothers and up-and-coming rapper Curtismith from The Philippines, as well as Eduardo Castillo, whose uplifting selections will provide the soundtrack to a cacao ceremony curated by the Colours of Love team.
As day slips into night, spectacular performances on the Living Stage come courtesy of Yeasayer, Wild Beasts, Nerve and Songhoy Blues plus local sensation Singto Numchok, while wonderers can discover hidden treasures including the acoustic stylings of Vurro and John Will Sail and the soulful disco sounds of Bobby Pleasure and Crew Love Takeover at smaller venues around the site. Powerful rhythms keep revellers dancing until dawn thanks to DJs Craig Richards, Matt Sassari, Marmosets and Sarayu, who join Richie Hawtin and Gui Boratto.
The Farm Stage gets a makeover by all(zone), to become a community space with a vast shade of suspended colourful fabrics, while legendary dance destination The Quarry is in the capable hands of Adam Pollina, who promises mind-bending sound and light design. Joy Collective return with a re-imagined Rainforest Pavilion, home to transformational activities and music from Indonesia, all dedicated to preserving rainforest land. Design fans will also be charmed once again by the Ziggurat with Singha, re-conceived but comfy as ever.
Wonderfruit’s seminar series, Scratch Talks adds yet more inspirational speakers and gurus including Dianna Cohen, co-founder and chief executive officer of Plastic Pollution Coalition, Roo Rogers, founder and chief executive officer of venture development lab A2B, scientist and healer John Rogerson, and Matt Monahan.
To ensure revellers are nourished, an array of clean bites and delights including organic pad thai, natural pork sausage and vegan alternatives will be available from Healthy Food Trucks. Dean & Deluca will satisfy participants with their favourite breakfast goodies and coffee, while Patom will have refreshing organic drinks at the ready. At the heart of The Fields, Wonderfruit’s farm is undergoing a makeover to become the FARMacy - home to natural, home-grown remedies and medicinal plants, to prove that nature often provides the best cure.
Visitors will be able to make the most of workshops with Harmonic Clay, in which they’ll sculpt their own bowls, or elevate their heart rates with adventures including Life Cycling, fitness sessions in the GuavaFruit Zone and Free Running with Team Farang. Revellers looking to rebalance and reconnect can explore ancient traditions including tai chi, kundalini and sound healing. Wonderfruit’s dedicated wellness area, Wonder Garden is arranged along ley lines for elevated energy and within, people can choose to “Zone in” or “Zone out” with an array of scientific assessments and treatments, including floating, light therapy and more.
As always, young wonderers will be kept occupied with an array of fun activities designed to delight and spark the imagination. Those in need of cooling off can make like a water buffalo with a mudslide or paddleboard across the lake with We-SUP. Thailand Little Farmers will encourage kids to get their hands dirty, while creative tykes let loose with paints and colours on the Wonder Wall - all within Camp Wonder.
Visit www.WonderFruitFestival.com for more information, tickets and accommodation.