Outdoor Music Festivals
Outdoor concerts are fun, all-in experiences merging live music, nature, and local life. Taiwan has all kinds of outdoor music festivals, though mostly indie, rock, and pop, with more joining the party each year.
The granddaddy of Taiwan’s music festivals, Spring Scream, is known for its cool underground vibe. For several days in April, dozens of parties pop up in Kending around this time and over 200 acts from Taiwan, Asia, and beyond play to thousands in Kending’s grassy Eluanbi National Park.
Megaport Festival, a two-day extravaganza held at Kaohsiung’s Pier 2 Art District in March, features dozens of rock, punk, electro and metal bands from Asia. Also happening in March but in Taipei is the T-Fest, which has an indie lineup with a strong international component.
The three-day Gongliao Hohaiyan Rock Festival on Fulong Beach (New Taipei City) sees participants combining music with water sports. Genres are mostly rock, rap, indie, and folk. You can camp there too. For an even more intense experience, the wild Beastie Rock Festival in Tamsui (New Taipei City) sees rock musicians from Taiwan and Asia whipping the crowd into a frenzy. At Taichung’s Heart Town Festival, the audience screams and slamdances to heavy metal.