Travel Writing Contest: Win 2 Festival Passes to We The Fest, Jakarta 2018

We The Fest, Jakarta

What is We The Fest?

We The Fest is an annual summer celebration of music, art, fashion and food that takes place over three days in Indonesia’s capital of Jakarta. Described as “classy” by Vice Magazine, the event is unique on the Southeast Asian festival scene with its variety of activities, zones and diversity of musical acts.

Since its beginning just four years ago in July 2014, the festival has played host to a myriad of international stars and homegrown talent. Some of the big names over the years include: The Kooks, Ellie Goulding, Mark Ronson, Big Sean, Dua Lipa, The 1975, The Temper Trap and more!

Last year, in 2017, We The Fest was held over three days for the first time in its history and received more than 50,000 festival-goers from all over the world (double the number that attended the year before), including a very special visit from the President of Indonesia, Joko Widodo!

We The Fest 2018

This year, We The Fest organizers, Ismaya Live, got in touch with us here at South East Asia Backpacker wanting to spread the word of the festival amongst our backpacking community! They are eager to encourage travellers in Southeast Asia to make the festival part of their itinerary! Move over Full Moon, there are way more interesting events in this part of the world taking place, you just have to know where, and when…

As a travel destination, Jakarta is often overlooked by backpackers who are overwhelmed by the enormity and frenetic pace of the country’s capital. The cool folks at Ismaya have been working hard to put the city on the cultural map and have been attracting globe-trotters from around the world to the three-day event.

2018 Headliners and Tickets

This year, headliners include the awesome ALT-J, Chet Faker, Lorde, James Bay, Odesza, Nick Murphy and The Neighbourhood.

Compared to European Festival ticket prices, tickets for We The Fest are very reasonable, considering the high profile acts you will see! Cost for one-day General Admission is 880 IND (approx $60 USD) and the three-day pass is even better value for money at 1600 IND (around $115 USD).

We The Fest, July 2018
Crowds at We the Fest, Jakarta, Indonesia

Writing Contest: Win 2 Free Festival Passes!

Become a South East Asia Backpacker Correspondent at We The Fest

Ever dreamed of being a music journalist? In conjunction with Ismaya, South East Asia Backpacker are giving away two Festival Passes to We The Fest to two lucky travellers! Given that we are an online travel magazine, the competition is, of course, all about travel writing! So, if you’re a budding travel writer, music enthusiast and festival-goer, then this is your chance to live the life of a music correspondent at one of the coolest events on the Southeast Asian festival calendar.

Your assignment: To get your hands on the sought-after passes, we first need to know that you can write! We are asking you to release your inner travel journalist and write a travel guide to Jakarta for backpackers.

Tell us all of the great things about the city of Jakarta that newbie travellers might miss. You can follow the same format as the other travel guides on this website, including: introduction, areas to stay in the city, things to do, how to get around, must try dishes, places to visit outside the city, and any other tips for an enjoyable visit… (Read more guidelines here.) The best travel guide to Jakarta that is submitted wins the two festival passes, it’s as easy as that!

How to enter: Email your guide to info @ by June 30th at midnight. You can attach images with your guide (which should be your own images, or else usage free). The guide must be 1,000 words+. The writing must be unique and cannot have been already published on your own blog or elsewhere online. At the same time, tell us a little bit about you and why you’d love to attend We The Fest as a journalist for South East Asia Backpacker.

Your role at the festival: With two 3-day passes to the event, you and a person of your choice, will get to attend each and every event. While you’re there, you’ll be our ears, eyes and flip-flops on the ground, we’ll expect photos to share on our social media accounts, as well as a full written review of the three-day event. Are you up for it?

We look forward to receiving your guides to Jakarta!

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