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The Best Music Festivals in Cambodia: From EDM to Culture Trips!

Cambodia is one of the most attractive Southeast Asian countries because of its vast culture and history. But they aren’t just known for their past, but their many music festivals and celebrations!

In Cambodia, you can find a wide array of music festivals that won’t only help you immerse yourself into the culture, but let your body loose for some dancing and partying. While the music festival scene in Cambodia isn’t as flourishing compared to other nearby countries, it’s starting to grow and showcase the best local and international artists.

So read on to learn about the best music festivals in Cambodia!

The Best Music Festivals in Cambodia

Whether you’re into a culture trip or want to experience the party life of Cambodia, their music festivals offer the best of the best. Here are the top five you must attend at least once in your lifetime!

1. New Vision Music and Art Festival

The New Vision and Art Festival are one of the most popular EDM festivals in Cambodia. It’s trance-centric and features many different artists from the country and world-renowned international musicians to bring people together through the arts.

However, it doesn’t only focus on music and art! This is a unique festival because it promotes eco-friendliness, among other cool advocacies. It’s why you can find locals and tourists worldwide, visiting Kampot to attend this festival!

Expect a lot of workshops centered around wellness and positives, as well as health and fitness-related activities. You can also expect more art and a great lineup of trance music DJs. There will be a ton of international renowned trance DJs and various stages in the event, accommodating all the live bands and DJs!

This is the ultimate festival that shows how you can have fun while still raising awareness about eco-friendliness and overall wellness.”

It will be held in February in the Chuumkiry District, which is near Kampot. It’s accessible via public transportation, but better off if you take a taxicab or private transportation. Accommodation isn’t as vast, but there are good options, such as hotels and AirBnBs.

If you’re the type who loves to dance and learn a lot about culture and health, then this festival’s for you! Learn more about the New Vision and Art Festival on their website: https://www.newvisionfestival.com/

2. Afterlife

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Afterlife: The Day of the Dead, is a festival in Cambodia that was organized by Heineken, the world’s international premium beer! This is a dance show that focuses on EDM, with an amazing lineup of international DJs and musicians to grace the stage in Hotel Cambodiana. You will also find many local artists and DJs to entertain you from the late afternoon until early morning!

You will find that Hotel Cambodiana is one of the most suitable venues for huge parties and festivals like these. With a huge stage and vast garden, you’ll be comfortable and dance the night away with the fresh Cambodia air!

This is an out-of-this-world party with a ton of fun, music, and people to meet. People around the world travel to Cambodia to have the Afterlife experience, and you’ll be surprised by the way the locals party!

Fortunately, you can check in the hotel itself, or choose among the different hotels and hostels nearby. It’s accessible via public transportation, whether bus or jeep.

You can learn more about the music festival on their website: http://www.edmcambodia.com/afterlife

3. Raveground

RAVEGROUND is also one of Heineken’s proudest works and EDM’s biggest events worldwide! This time, RaveGround is dedicated to Earth Hour, with advocacies to eco-friendliness all around this event.

However, it will be a huge party with the dance floor and advanced DJ set to hear EVERYTHING! It’s set in Hotel Cambodiana, one of the most popular hotels with a vast events place to accommodate a ton of partygoers ready to celebrate the night. From the latest decorated stage, the maximum sound capacity, and lots of surprising twists and drinks from Heineken, there will never be a dull moment as you celebrate Earth Hour!

From delicious food and drinks down to the most epic lineup, this party will last all night long!”

There will be a ton of music from local and international artists and DJs showcasing the beauty of EDM. So expect a lot of dancing and great drinks from the huge premium beer brand.

And not to worry about transportation, as the hotel is easy to find via bus and train. You can even choose to stay in the hotel throughout your trip, which also boasts of comfort and luxury!

Learn more about the event on their Facebook: RAVEGROUND is also one of Heineken’s proudest works and EDM’s biggest events worldwide! This time, RaveGround is dedicated to Earth Hour, with advocacies to eco-friendliness all around this event.

However, it will be a huge party with the dance floor and advanced DJ set to hear EVERYTHING! It’s set in Hotel Cambodiana, one of the most popular hotels with a vast events place to accommodate a ton of partygoers ready to celebrate the night. From the latest decorated stage, the maximum sound capacity, and lots of surprising twists and drinks from Heineken, there will never be a dull moment as you celebrate Earth Hour!

There will be a ton of music from local and international artists and DJs showcasing the beauty of EDM. So expect a lot of dancing and great drinks from the huge premium beer brand.

And not to worry about transportation, as the hotel is easy to find via bus and train. You can even choose to stay in the hotel throughout your trip, which also boasts of comfort and luxury!

Learn more about the event on their Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CambodiaEDM/

4. Angkor Festival

This may not be the ultimate EDM festival, but one that many locals and tourists look forward to! It’s one of the popular festivals in Cambodia many celebrate, as it showcases local talents and artists. Get to have a lot of fun as you immerse in Cambodia’s beautiful culture and watch performers of different regions teach you all about the country’s arts.

Immerse yourself in the arts and culture of Cambodia with different performances showcasing the beautiful history of the country.”

Each performance is derived from ancient myths, putting out epic stories with their acting and music, as well as their national costumes! They boast of history with the music and rhythm, having you sway to the beat.

What’s great is that the festival happens in Angkor Wat, one of the most popular and beautiful historical attractions in the country. It is accessible via public transportation with different accommodation options, particularly Airbnbs and hotels. Accommodation isn’t as close-by, but you can easily head back to your hotel via bus or train.

They hold their festival yearly during the last week of January. You can learn more about the Angkor Wat Festival in this informative website: https://www.indochinavalue.com/cambodia-travel-guide/cambodia-festivals-and-events/angkor-wat-night-festival

5. International Music Festival Phom Penh

The International Music Festival Phnom Penh isn’t the EDM festival one would want, though it’s best for those who love the classics! This is a beautiful and fancy event with local musicians playing the best of the best from Beethoven, Schubert, and more pioneers of classical music.

This is actually Phom Penh’s first international music festival, which started back in 2004 and has become increasingly popular worldwide. It shows how local and international artists come together in Cambodia to increase awareness of western classical music with a touch of the country’s culture.

The festival’s aim isn’t only for locals to immerse in western classical music but to also create a sense of dignity and promote spirits of international cooperation and respect. You can find many arts and music students and professors attending the festival to gain insight into musical history within and outside Cambodia.

The festival is usually held during the later months of the year in the Raffles Hotel, which is very accessible via private and public transportation. You can even check-in the hotel for a comfortable stay in Cambodia as you listen to soothing pieces!

Check out the festival’s exact dates and ticket prices here: http://musicfestival-phnompenh.org/

Wrapping It Up

Cambodia is still a budding country but shows a lot of promise in the music scene. You can find a wide array of events and celebrations related to their culture and feature locals, giving you so much more to learn and experience.

So what are you waiting for? Time your next trip to Cambodia around any of these music festivals to have the time of your life! Have safe travels!

R. Wallacehttp://www.thedigitalnomad.asia
A digital nomad travelling in Asia and TheDigitalNomad.Asia Editor. Please read my article and I hope you will get inspired to go travelling as a digital nomad. You are welcome to comment and share the article with fellow travelers.

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