May 12 2011

Hanoi’s music event of the year: CAMA Festival 5

Published by at 6:25 pm under Events

The rocking didn't stop in 2010

The rocking didn't stop in 2010

It may not be Glastonbury, Exit or BDO but as far as Hanoi’s concerned, the C.A.M.A. festival is the musical date for diaries. Held at the American Club on May 28, the Festival brings together bands from Vietnam, Australia, America, Thailand (though half the band are British), Japan and China for 10 hours of “full blown musical mayhem”. All profits go to Fauna & Flora International, in particular their endangered primate protection programme in northern Vietnam.

Come and monkey around

Come and monkey around

I love listening to live music outdoors in a chilled environment, even when the music is more of the hard rock variety, and this fits the bill: it’s a small enough venue that you can sit at a picnic table, beer in hand, chatting to friends with the music as background, or can get up front in the mosh pit — OK, so it’s not really a mosh pit but it’s the closest you’ll get out here — and leap around to some good solid rock.

Eleven bands will perform on the one outdoor stage between 13:00 and 23:00. I’m particularly looking forward to “psychedelic garage rock sensation” Okamoto’s, Brit-Thai band The Standards, and Hanoi’s own stars: Recycle.

Japanese craziness from Okamoto

Japanese craziness from Okamoto's.

The inside “Electronic Stage” will play host to a number of DJs from across the globe. I’m not a great fan of electronic music but was persuaded along to the recent Sound Stuff event — showcasing experimental artists — and couldn’t help but get into it just a little bit. The quality will be just as high at the Festival, so if it’s your thing you’ll love it.

Nick Greenfield, one of the organisers at C.A.M.A. Vietnam told me: “This is our fifth festival and the event keeps getting bigger and better every year. The range of talent this time around is amazing – so it’s really hard to pick a favourite. P.K.14 from Beijing are one of Asia’s biggest indie rock acts and they’re amazing performers, so we’re really thrilled to be able to welcome them to Hanoi for the first time. Also, Okamoto’s are one of the fastest rising acts in Japan, so we all feel really lucky to have them on board.

Indie rock from China's P.K.14

Indie rock from China's P.K.14

“We’ve also just confirmed Grrilla Step (featuring Dexter from The Avalanches), which is another first for Asia, and the line-up in the DJ tent is superb, with Tri Minh curating and acts from Japan, Germany and Australia on top of some really incredible local talent. All in all, it’s looking like a huge day.”

Drinks are sold via a voucher system and prices are reasonable. Food is also available, with concessions stands from some of Hanoi’s favourite restaurants: Highway 4, Brittania Fish and Chips, Al Frescos, Puku, Tandoor and Fanny’s Ice Cream will all be in attendance.

Tickets can be purchased in advance for 350,000VND from a number of venues around town or buy on the door for 400,000VND.

American Club
19-21 Hai Ba Trung, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi


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