Bangkok heats up this June with a wave of concerts. From indie rock gigs in underground bars to massive arena blow-outs, there’s enough variety to please any fan of music (or dance parties). Here are six worth booking tickets for now.
British boy band Blue visit Bangkok on June 13, turning the Thunder Dome (Muang Thong Thani, 99 Popular Rd) into a sentimental swoon pit. The quartet — all in their mid-30s — will no doubt relive the glory days of “All Rise” and “One Love,” but they’ll also sing tracks off their March release, “Colours.” Tickets range from B2000 to B6500 and are available at thaiticketmajor.com.
On June 19, Fatty’s Bar & Diner (598/66 Asoke-Dindaeng Rd), a wild Wisconsin-leaning dive, is bringing in singer-songwriter Eef Barzelay,a well-travelled artist from the US best known for his alt-country outfit Clem Snide. Tickets are limited. Check facebook.com/fattysbardiner for more information.
Swedish indie rockers Wilderness head to the Beer Cap (RCA) on June 26 for a party promoting the launch of their new 10-track album, “Vallsundet – 1924.” The Stockholm-based group has garnered attention back home, but “Vallsundet – 1924” marks their first release outside of Europe. Tickets are B200 (includes one free drink). Starting at 9pm, local supporting acts l _ / \ – l _ / \, Hariguem Zaboy, and Aerolips perform before Wilderness takes the stage at 11.15pm.
On June 12, the Road to Ultra makes a pit stop at BITEC (BTS Bang Na). EDM bigwigs, including Knife Party, Laidback Luke, and Alesso, take the stage in the lead up to Ultra, one of the world’s most highly anticipated music festivals. Unlike its big brother in Miami, Road to Ultra is held indoors rather than out and lasts one day rather than three. Nevertheless, it’s a full-on spectacle, complete with lasers, pyrotechnics, and pretty party people. Tickets cost B2800. For more information, visit facebook.com/ultrathailand.
One day before Road to Ultra, head to Levels (Sukhumvit Soi 11), where Dutch revelation Jay Hardaway hits the decks. Best known for “Wizard” and “Error 404,” two hit collaborations with Martin Garrix, Hardaway makes his first appearance in Thailand as an established solo act. Doors open at 9pm. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or andylevels on LINE for more information.
Dimitri from Paris caters to sophisticated clubbers at Vault (Sukhumvit 11) on June 27. The bearded, bespectacled FrenchDJ spins “suave and bespoke” dance music, often influenced by disco and funk, a subgenre that pairs nicely with the Vault’s urbane group dynamics. Tickets cost B1000 (includes one drink). For more information, visit facebook.com/vaultbangkok.