By Lisnaree Vichitsorasatra
Take another bite of Wonderfruit, a music festival with an environmentally friendly message, when it returns in December for its second outing.
The festival promises an international musical experience with four stages of music and a range of en vogue lifestyle offerings, including a culinary farm, health and wellness experiences and green workshops.
That’s well and good, but fans may be more excited to know who’s playing than how to compost their underwear. There are no major wow-factor names in the roster released so far. Instead, this year’s lineup seems more intent on tapping into passionate bases of subgenre fandom with a number of strong acts worth the roadtrip to Chonburi.
This year sees an invasion from that other City of Angels. Hip-hopsters can look forward to the politically conscious stylings of Los Angeles’ Yasiin Bey, the artist formerly (and still better) known as Mos Def. Also from L.A. comes Canadian-Danish, alt-R&B duo Rhye. Mix some Burning Man-style performance art with the Las Vegas sensuality-lite theatrics of Cirque du Soleil and you get Lucent Dossier Experience. Steampunk-swaddled Aldred “Daedalus” Darlington, a monome-conducting electronic musician rounds out the Southern Californian faction.