Held annually in collaboration with Ismaya Live, Sunny Side Up brings together globally renowned musicians, cutting-edge DJs and the best local talent to play in the tropical, open-air setting of the iconic Potato Head Beach Club in Seminyak, Bali. This event brings in more than 6000 music lover and heat up Bali’s night last weekend.
Friday’s acts included Chicago-based house music trio Autograf; British electronic duo Snakehips; Troyboi, an East London native known for trap music; Versailles rockers Phoenix; and British electronic group Hot Chip, as well as the Beach Club’s resident DJ, Dea. Coming on stage for the first of two late-night performances, Phoenix performed their chart-topping tracks Liztomania and 1901 among a lively hour-long set.
Highlights of day two included performances by pop songstress Charli XCX and headline act Big Sean. Charli XCX’s feel-good summer anthem Boom Clap was received with much excitement by a revved up early-evening crowd while Detroit rap sensation Big Sean also lived up to expectations with spirited performances of hit singles, I Don’t F With You and Blessings. Also playing on Saturday were DJ and Producer TOKiMONSTA, Australian selector Wave Racer, and rising British star Jonas Blue.
Combining music, mixology, food and culture, this year’s festival had a special focus to showcasing sustainable design. Nineteen thousand hand-painted plastic bottles, collected from Bali’s shores by Potato Head’s local sustainability partners Merah Putih Hijau (www.mph- bali.org) and Gringgo (www.gringgo.co), were used to create the dramatic festival stage. Meanwhile, high above the Beach Club lawn, thousands of coloured coconut fronds formed a tropical floating installation, moving with the breeze like a wave.
Collaborating with Avani, producers of biodegradable disposables, Potato Head offered festival- goers reuseable cornstarch cups in place of of single-use water bottles. For IDR 50,000 (less than four U.S dollars), guests were invited to enjoy unlimited refills via specially installed drinking water stations – a simple way of minimising plastic waste and maximising responsible consumption of water.
Sunny Side Up Tropical Festival 2017 is just the latest world-class music event of many to be hosted at Potato Head Beach Club. In addition to regularly bringing in some of the world’s best and most interesting musicians to Bali for an unforgettable festival experience, Potato Head uses these large-scale opportunities to highlight and bring international awareness to Indonesia’s unique culture and concerns, such as the worrying environmental issues that Indonesia is currently facing.