wonderfruiting my face off

I’ve had some really solid weekends in Thailand. The weekend of Wonderfruit, though, has to be one of my favorites so far. Not just a music festival, Wonderfruit also focused on food, art, and community. One of the main selling points of the event was the focus on sustainability, a fresh idea in a part of the world that doesn’t yet take that very seriously. Combine those ideals, and this first year event was primed to be my favorite festival yet.

Ja, Cat and I set off on motorbikes for the fields at Siam Country Club, about an hour from the seedy town of Pattaya. After the dust was wiped from our faces and our tent set up, we explored the pop-up structures and art installations scattered throughout the festival grounds, all reminiscent of a boutique festival from the UK. Makes sense – the production was a collaboration with Secret Productions, the people behind Secret Garden Party and Wilderness.

Our first night was spent wandering the grounds, stopping to dance along with Fat Freddy’s Drop and Hercules and Love Affair at the Living Stage, a structure that will remain constant on the grounds for future events. Towards the end of the night, we discovered the Quarry, a hideaway off the main site where world renowned DJs played until the sun came up.

Daytime was pretty lazy – festival goers like us who camped onsite would spend the sunny afternoons lounging in the beach area by the lake or among pillows in the shade. As the sun set, we would grab a snack from a food truck, paint our faces and head to our chosen stage. Jose Gonzalez’s set was beautiful, Woodkid’s was unreal. Late nights found us in the Quarry to dance like idiots to DJs I don’t remember.

Wonderfruit withdrawals are very real. I’m not going to try to explain it…you should just come this year.


Here’s a small selection of some of the more popular singles of the major bands at the festival:

Woodkid – Run Boy Run // Iron
Jose Jonzalez – Down the Line // Leaf Off/The Cave
Fat Freddy’s Drop – Ernie // Bones
Little Dragon – Twice // Ritual Union
Hugo – Bread and Butter // Hurt Makes it Beautiful
De La Soul – Me, Myself and I // Much More

IMG_9874 IMG_9878 IMG_9879 IMG_9885 IMG_9889 IMG_9890 IMG_9893 IMG_9895 IMG_9896 IMG_9897 IMG_9899 IMG_9901 IMG_9902 IMG_9905 IMG_9909 IMG_9911 IMG_9912 IMG_9918 IMG_9923 IMG_9924 IMG_9927 IMG_9936 IMG_9937 IMG_9940 IMG_9942 IMG_9943 IMG_9948 IMG_9955 IMG_9960 IMG_9975The Quarry. DJ sets play late night until the sun rises…amazing ambiance.IMG_9985 IMG_9990 IMG_9993 IMG_9994Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetIMG_0006IMG_0017Camera Obscura from RMA Institute – a giant pinhole camera!IMG_0030IMG_0025IMG_0031IMG_0033IMG_0037IMG_0038IMG_0046IMG_0048Cat in the hat.IMG_0051IMG_0053Miss V, Fashion Features Editor of Vogue ThailandIMG_0057IMG_0059IMG_0069IMG_0074My favorite art pieces…these wooden beasts were crafted from reclaimed wood. Kicking myself for not getting more detailed photos of them.IMG_0083IMG_0085She never lets me photograph her! We’re working on it. As I’m working on taking my camera with me more often and taking more photos – kind of got caught up in other things during Wonderfruit (good thing), but I’m wishing I had photographed more.IMG_0089Secret Keepers
IMG_0094IMG_0095IMG_0096IMG_0098IMG_0100photo 2 (4)Sunset from the Sunrise Stage.Processed with VSCOcam with a6 preset IMG_0105IMG_0118IMG_0121IMG_0123IMG_0125IMG_0150Processed with VSCOcam with m5 presetIMG_0151I…broke my tent…IMG_0153 IMG_0170IMG_0162IMG_0176De La SoulIMG_0186Cat, feelin’ itIMG_0190IMG_0189IMG_0207 IMG_0197 IMG_0198IMG_0215See you in December, Wonderfruit.

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