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Will Hanoi be the next music capital of Asia?

By Kate Springer, CNN

Updated 10:04 PM ET, Mon July 17, 2017
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Gearing up for its fifth festival this fall, Quest is one of the longest-running live music events in Vietnam. Dao Tiep
In 2012, the inaugural Quest had just 250 guests. It's now 20 times that size, with an expected 5,000 guests expected to attend between November 10 and 12.
Quang Nguyen
"It was a real DIY project at first," says Wellard. "We were lucky to be around at a time when Hanoi really started to open up to the outside world and the tastes of Vietnamese were opening up to different kinds of music as well." Quang Nguyen
The festival takes place outside of Hanoi at Son Tinh Camp -- where visitors can camp overnight. Dao Tiep
It boasts 40 hours of non-stop music, as well as ample space for side activities such as hula hooping, swimming, and artisan workshops. Dao Tiep
The festival's rural setting affords the event the kind of space that music events in cities such as Tokyo and Hong Kong often lack. Dao Tiep
The 2017 lineup incudes UK-based ambient house pioneers The Orb, gypsy-electro-nu-rave act Slamboree Sound System, and Hanoi's own DJ Tùng Tím.
Quang Nguyen
"We had no long-term plans for this festival, we just wanted to build on that creativity and create something totally new," says Wellard. Quang Nguyen