Dec 12 2011
December and January are shaping up to be awesome months for booty-shaking times in Bangkok. Flood water receding, beer gardens opening, and some quality, kick-assity is coming to town in the form of great live music. Is Bangkok finally earning itself a place on the global music sojourn? It better be; your correspondent is getting jealous of Singapore and Hong Kong taking all the Asian tour action, and a jealous correspondent makes poor late-night decisions.
The Wet Rocket Rock Party takes place at Cosmic Cafe in RCA on December 17, starting at 21:00. Like so many good indie things, it’s free. Cosmic Cafe draws a great crowd so dive into one of the few places in Bangkok to showcase Thai music that isn’t all blowdried K-pop wannabies. Included in the line up: Abuse the Youth and Soundlanding, both of whom make Korean teenagers cry.
Coming up on December 23 is Delicate, another indie rock party featuring Sticky Rice, GAD, and Space 360 held in Motorcycle Emptiness Bar (it’s as fantastically dive-y as it sounds — imagine a garage with booze and music).
New Year’s Eve presents an almost infinite number of options in Bangkok, from a massive countdown party at Central World to champagne and fois gras at luxury hotels. For the groove-minded party people, RCA and Khao San Road will be packed with punters with multiple different musical styles to choose from. At RCA, check out Cosmic Cafe’s live music offerings, as well as the more chilled out Taksura. Route 66 and LCD will be pumping out electronica and techno. Get in early as it’s going to be crowded! Q Bar Bangkok is guaranteed to be packed — check out their website for reservations on tables, otherwise slide through the packed dance floor like the rest of us. Who needs to sit? That’s what the New Year is for.
The goodness doesn’t stop when the new year arrives: The Naked and Famous are performing January 17 at Moonstar Studios. It’s all such good news I want to wear dark rimmed glasses, rock some weird facial hair, drink ironic beer and ride a fixie to the concert. Tickets available from ThaiTicketMajor. 1,000 baht per ticket.
Cosmic Cafe, RCA Entertainment Complex, Block C, (T) 081-304-6907
Motorcycle Emptiness Bar, 394/1 Lad Phrao Soi 94, (T) 089-780-9946
Q Bar Bangkok, 34 Sukhumvit Soi 11, (T) 02-252-3274
Moonstar Studios, 701 Lad Phrao Soi 80, (T) 02-539-3881
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