Music festivals offer year-round attractions for local bands wanting to get a chance to show off onstage and concertgoers looking for a more vibrant live music and chance to see overseas talent that do not often make it to the island. Since Spring Scream was first organized by a slew of expat and Taiwanese rock groups in 1995, music lovers, musicians and party animals alike have continuously trekked down to Kenting every April.
By 2000, the Taiwan Rock Alliance, now known as TRA Music, had tested the mega-fest waters with Say Yes to Taiwan and would have a successful run over the next decade with franchises like Formoz, Megaport and Spirit of Taiwan. Simultaneously, Ho-Hai-Yan Rock, situated on the Fulong beachfront, provided a change of scenery as well as an outlet for local bands to compete in a battle of the bands. While these trailblazing gatherings have seen their share of adversity, other outdoor music events, including Grass Festival, Jump Fest and Music Terminals to name a few, pop up each year keeping the Taiwanese indie scene alive.