Wonderfruit Festival is returning for its second edition this weekend, and here’s why the concept is so refreshingly different.

Over time, the dance music scene in Thailand has definitely evolved, and probably for the worse. Int he beginning, the full moon parties the country was so well known for were gorgeous, with clear blue waters, sandy shores and the thump of psychedelic trance. But these parties slowly turned into messy environmental hazards, with mainstream electronic dance music, beaches full of trash and the iconic buckets of booze.

As an answer to this, as well as to promote the spirituality and sustainable nature of the Thai way of life, Wonderfruit Festival was conceptualised. With a lineup including the likes of underground artists Jon Hopkins, Daedelus, and Com Truise, and headlined by Mos Def, Wonderfruit is definitely going to be amazing this year.

Pranitan “Pete” Phornprapha, one of the pioneers of Wonderfruit lists some of the key elements of the sustainable festival,“A lot of our content comes from all over the world. We try to maintain a balance: Thai acts, regional acts. We try to do a lot of collaborations. People from all over the world, many from Burning Man, come here and collaborate with Thai teams and add a local sensitivity to it. We like working with people who build, who don’t just draw and hand over and point—people who get their hands dirty and carve and saw. It’s becoming more of a lost art.”

When: December 17-20
Where: The fields at Siam Country, Pattaya, Thailand