Bestival Bali at Garuda Wisnu Kencana

Boutique Music and Arts Festival in Bali

Update: dates for Bestival Bali 2018 are to be confirmed.

Bestival Bali, the successful boutique festival that hails from the south of England, hits the island’s Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park for 2 days of great onstage music performances with an international line-up of DJs and bands playing drum & bass, hip hop, funk and all manner of other dancey genres, complemented by food markets and large-scale art installations. The festival is on a mission, ‘to spread peace and love to Asia’, and is held on the weekend of September 30 and October 1, 2017.

Bestival brings its trademark unique, creative vision, and you can expect one of the most colourful shows, with eclectic music from around the globe as well as immersive experiences through delicious food and artistic wonders. Back in its home in the UK, Bestival has been known as one of the foremost British festivals since it first started 14 years ago, winning a multitude of awards and attracting over 40,000 fans each year to its creative vision and eclectic music offerings.
Tickets are from USD 210 (pre-sale) and USD 525 (VIP table for 8 guests plus a bottle of vodka and champagne), available from:

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Where to Stay for the Bestival Bali

Check out these great hotels in Jimbaran, which are all well connected to the Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK), and can serve as great bases for setting out or getting back to from your fun times at the Bestival Bali.

  • Luxury - Four Seasons Jimbaran

    The Four Seasons Jimbaran is an obvious choice on Jimbaran Bay. The service is unbeatable and a timeless luxury seems to Read More»

  • Budget - MaxOne Hotels

    MaxOne Hotels Bukit Jimbaran is a great choice, featuring a rooftop pool and lounge to chill out with high views over Read More»

  • Mid-Range - The Leaf Jimbaran

    The Leaf Jimbaran features Deluxe Rooms and its 3-bedroom pool villas are great if you’re heading up to the Bestival Read More»

Weekend Line-Up at Bestival Bali


English indie and experimental rock band Alt-J formed in 2007, and its debut album An Awesome Wave was released in May 2012 in Europe and September 2012 in the United States, eventually leading to the band winning the 2012 British Mercury Prize. Their second album, This Is All Yours, was released 2 years later and went straight to UK number one.


Mercury Prize 2013-nominee and award-winning UK drum and bass band, Rudimental, are known for their 2012 hit single Feel the Love, featuring singer John Newman. The British quartet is slated to bring their organic take on modern drum and bass, as well as their excellent use of guest vocalists to Bali.

De La Soul

American hip hop trio De La Soul gained fame with their eclectic sampling and quirky lyrics, and became well-known for contributing to the emergence of subgenres such as jazz rap and alternative hip hop. Fun wordplay, innovative sampling and witty skits are some of their attributes, which they’re expected to display onstage at this next Bestival.

George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic

This collective headed by George Clinton since 1968 plays American funk, soul and rock, with a style often dubbed ‘P-Funk’. Since the 60s, they’ve been known for their musicality and politically charged lyrics, and not to mention, extraordinary stage performances, ultimately influencing subsequent post-disco groups of the 80s and 90s.

Purity Ring

Canadian electronic music duo Purity Ring formed in 2010 and brought to the world ‘future pop’. Their 2021 album, Shrines, blends deep bass and a mix of ethereal and melodic electronic samples played by Corin Riddick with the sweet voice of Megan James. The result of their performances make for strange but beautiful and steady listening.

The Cuban Brothers

This funk soul band puts on quite a stage act, presenting soul with some jaw-dropping, tight-leotard-wearing b-boying action and acrobatics, deliberately thick accents and downright riotous humour. Now, it has become quite a legendary outfit selling out shows worldwide. Prepare to be entertained, laugh and be amazed when they finally come to Bali.

Stars and Rabbit

Haunting chant-like but melodic vocals by singer and songwriter Elda, paired with simple acoustic arrangements by Adi, sums up this duo from Yogyakarta, Indonesia pretty much. Much of the melancholic songs seemingly derive their influences from North American and traditional Southeast Asian folk, resulting in a unique sound.

Ras Muhamad

Spicing up the stage with cool reggae is Indonesian performer Ras Muhamad. His debut studio album Declaration of Truth was released while he was living in Brooklyn, bringing him popularity in his home country. Upon returning, he released his debut studio album Reggae Ambassador, which brought him awards and nominations for the genre.

Bestival Bali

  • Location: Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK) Cultural Park, Jalan Raya Uluwatu, Ungasan, Jimbaran
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