Harmonizing Melodies and Memories: We The Fest 2023 Leaves Its Resonant Mark


The eighth edition of We The Fest (WTF) 2023 took music enthusiasts on an unforgettable journey from July 21st to 23rd in Jakarta. As the festival unfolded, it left an indelible mark on attendees, bringing together diverse music genres and creating an electrifying atmosphere of unity and excitement.

The festival showcased a star-studded lineup across three stages: We The Fest Stage, This Stage Is Bananas, and Another Stage. With four headliners gracing the spotlight, the event proved to be a celebration of both Indonesian and international music, offering a truly immersive experience for all.

The enchantment began on the first day with 14 musicians taking the stage. Kunto Aji kicked off the festivities, followed by Yura Yunita, The Changcuters, Efek Rumah Kaca, Rini, Devita, Kahitna, Barasuara, David Bayu, and more. The international flair was introduced by Porter Robinson, Lee Hi, British DJ Elderbrook, and the much-anticipated headliners, The Kid Laroi and The Strokes.

The excitement continued to surge on the second day with 16 exhilarating performances. Indonesian acts including The Adams, Aruma, Gigi, Rafi Sudirman, and Maliq & D’Essentials delivered electrifying sets. The international showcase expanded with Ty Dollar $ign, Peach Tree Rascals, Sorn x Seungyeon & Denise Julia, Dermot Kennedy, Gryffin, Sabrina Carpenter, and the day's headliner, Daniel Caesar.

The final day brought an array of current hits by Indonesian singers like Cokelat, Hindia, and Syarikat Idola Remaja. Raisa and Tiara Andini made a special appearance, adding to the excitement. The international lineup continued to shine with performances by Jake Scott, Dhruv, Alexander 23, A$AP Ferg, and Nx Worries (Anderson.Paak x KNXWLEDGE). Notably, the legendary Indonesian pop band Sheila on 7 stepped in to replace The 1975, and Lewis Capaldi's absence due to health reasons was felt by fans.

The allure of We The Fest extended far beyond Jakarta, attracting music enthusiasts from various Indonesian regions and even expatriates residing in the country. The festival provided a platform for cultural exchange, as attendees eagerly embraced both local and international talents.

Australian visitor Steven expressed his fascination with the city vibe and his eagerness to experience Indonesian musicians. A couple from London, Sam and Lisa, found the event "cool" and were particularly excited about seeing The 1975. Evelyn and Jess, English expats living in Bali, looked forward to performances by Dermot Kennedy, Daniel Caesar, and The 1975, despite the latter's cancellation disappointment.

The Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Sandiaga Uno, graced the festival with his presence, emphasizing his support for the Indonesian music and creative industries.

Beyond the music, We The Fest offered immersive experiences such as the Ladies Vanity Area and the Eats & Beats area, boasting a wide range of culinary delights. The festival's commitment to sustainability was evident through its "We The Change" concept, educating attendees on responsible waste disposal and recycling.

We The Fest 2023 showcased not only outstanding music but also the power of unity and creativity. With an unforgettable lineup and a commitment to meaningful experiences, the festival left an enduring imprint on the hearts of attendees, leaving them eagerly awaiting the next chapter of this exhilarating journey.

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