Wired Music Week (WMW), which has been on a physical hiatus since 2020, returns with a bang for two confirmed dates for 2022 and more to follow. One of the key dates for the industry to gather, the yearly electronic music conference will plant its flag first in Thailand on Friday 27th of May 2022 at Pattaya, Thailand.
Wired Music Week's Thai debut will coincide with the same weekend as Creamfields Thailand, seeing many key faces from the Asia Pacific music scene; including prominent industry players, organisers, promoters, artists, agents, and related professionals.
“We are excited to present one of the most renowned festival brands on earth in Thailand. This is an important step for Asia as we collectively restart the scene not just for the consumer but also for the industry at large. This is why we are happy to partner with Wired Music Week, an internationally known but homegrown Asian music conference to present this one-day event,” says Rachata Thunyavuthi - Founder of One Asia. “We aim to host some of the industry’s biggest names with the objective of having great conversations, sharing insights as well as being the long-awaited meet-up for old faces and to meet the new players. This is going to be one hell of a gathering for everyone!”
Wired Music Week 2022 will run with the theme “Press Play. Let’s Dance” as an industry call to action and cover topics as far-ranging as the metaverse, best practices for reopening, diversity of line-ups, and importantly, mental health.
Founder of Wired Music Week - John Beh exclaims, “The past few years have given us a time to refocus our priorities and also reflect on how we, as an industry, can do things better. Our main focus at Wired Music Week moving forward is to establish ourselves as a platform for significant, positive conversations and connections to happen. This is why I am happy to announce that we are already committed to this date in Thailand and a further date in Malaysia on July 2nd with an exciting and established hospitality partner. We will be releasing details on everything very soon.”
ENDEAVORING MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS
For the past year, Wired Music Week has been collaborating with a cross-region group of industry organizations to kick-start a mental health initiative called Akar.
Akar is an initiative of Club Conscious (Indonesia), Electronic Music Conference (Australia), Sivilian Affairs (Singapore), and Wired Music Week (Malaysia).
Through partnerships with academics and industry organizations across the Asia Pacific, Akar aims to de-stigmatise the conversation of not being okay and understand the needs of the communities in the electronic and dance music scene and related industries.
Jane Slingo, Founding Partner Akar and Director Electronic Music Conference, Sydney said, “The electronic and dance music part of the live music industry has been the most heavily impacted by the event of the past two years. It is a fact that these communities and music spaces have been the first to close and the last to reopen fully. It is also a fact that these communities and music spaces are cultural and economic drivers across the APAC region. Akar seeks to evidence the impact on the mental wellbeing of workers and communities in electronic and dance music to advocate for support so we can all reopen and stay open, better and stronger than ever.”
Akar believes that being honest about the state of mental health can help to advocate for better conditions and support for people in the scene. An Akar-led panel will be featured during Wired Music Week Thailand alongside other industry-driven panel topics.
Access to WMW Thailand will be by invite only due to capacity and potential attendees are required to register their interest in attending the conference here: https://wiredmusicweek.com