Quest is the biggest multi-day music and arts festival in Vietnam
What began with just two dozen friends heading down to the picturesque Son Tinh camp for a trip out of town has blossomed. Discussing how it would be cool to have a festival on the site, an idea was formed and they decided to create their own. Fast-forward to five years later and Quest has blossomed into a spectacular multi-day feast for the senses, brimming with interactive installations, engaging workshops, leading musical acts from across the globe and showcasing the enormous breadth of talent from across Vietnam. But the best thing is, despite Quest having its share of fans within Vietnam…
It’s still relatively undiscovered
Festivals are exploding around Southeast Asia and it seems there’s a new one being launched every week, from Thailand’s Paradise Island and Thailand’s Wonderfruit. Quest has been steadily crafting a reputation for excellence for 4 years already, built on the back of incredible word of mouth rather than flashy advertising campaigns. But word is starting to spread about this little-known gem thanks to glowing reviews from Buzzfeed, who called it “Asia’s best music, arts and culture event,” and Mixmag Asia, who proclaiming it to be “leading the charge in a new movement of grassroots music festivals in the region.”
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The location has to be seen to be believed
Quest’s three-day celebration of music, arts and culture is set on the banks of a spectacular lake, surrounded by forests and flanked by mountain ranges. This is nature at its finest. Splash in the shallows, wander the woods or destroy the dance floor. Whatever you’re in the mood for, you’ll find your happy place.
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Music is our life
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Quest breaks away from the traditional route many other festivals take. You know the one – Book DJ to play, they arrive, hit the play button, hands are put in the air and they walk into the sunset with six-figure paycheck. Quest has a focus on the best underground artists and emerging new sounds across the festival’s five stages. More than 150 performers will be performing across the 3 day affair, with a broad spectrum of music represented from funk to house, indie rock to psy trance. Assembling the lineup is a labor of love, the culmination of a year’s work and poring over in excess of 1,000 artist submissions, all completed by music fans, for music fans.
Come for the festival, stay for a holiday!
Vietnam’s color, chaos and natural beauty bring a new adventure every day. Take a few days to explore Sapa and get unique insights into the life of the hill tribes, experience a majestic sunset over Halong Bay, explore the labyrinthine network of alleys of Hanoi or take in the history-soaked monuments of Hue. The gruelling summer heat has chilled out by early November, making it the perfect time to explore this enthralling Southeast Asian destination.
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It’s cheap… Like stupidly cheap
There’s no avoiding the fact that festivals are expensive affairs. Once you add up all the extra costs associated with transport, tickets, drinks and food, your wallet can get depleted pretty quickly. Not so with Quest. Even with first-round tickets selling out, final round tickets are priced at just under US$80 (1,800,000 VND)! We’re not sure there’s a three day festival of this caliber on the planet that can match that sort of value. It’s not just the tickets either. With food and drinks being at Vietnam prices (think LESS than $1.50 for a beer and food from around $3), having this much fun has never cost so little.
We take all the hard work out of attending a festival
Transport? Check. Quest has a fleet of busses organized to get you there (and back!) safe and sound.
Food and drink? Check. Bring your own food or gorge on the array of food and drink on offer from some of Hanoi’s favorite spots. All at a price that won’t break the bank.
Tents? Check. Hell, they even assemble them for you so you can get straight to enjoying the festival!
When: November 10th – 12th, 2017
Where: Son Tinh Camp, Ba Vi (40km west of Hanoi)
Tickets: Fourth round tickets are 1,800,000 VND (approx US$80)
Tickets: Get them at https://ticketbox.vn/quest-festival