De La Soul, Goldie, Mad Professor and more reasons why there's more to this festival season than Wonderfruit. 

It seems Wonderfruit has company. Early next year (Jan 7-8, 2017), Koh Samui's Big Buddha Beach will welcome a new two-day arts and music event dubbed Paradise Island Festival.

Organized by Soundcrash, the UK-based party organizers known for events such as Croatia's Soundwave Festival, the festival promises a lineup of both international and local artists and it's already announced some heavy-hitters in the form of De La Soul (pictured),  LTJ BukemGoldie, Maribou State, Anchorsong and Mad Professor with more to come.

Alongside the music, organizers promises a variety of art workshops and classes covering Thai performance art, traditional art, yoga classes, massage, cooking and more. 

The festival aims to be a more eco-friendly alternative to the notorious Full Moon parties, with organizers also pledging to launch a scholarship fund and education program for rural Thai children.

Early-bird tickets go on sale this Aug 12, 11am,  for B2,200 from www.paradiseislandfestival.com.

Check out the teaser video below: