There’s never been a shortage of music festivals in Thailand. Seemingly every month the calendar is littered with new concerts worth budgeting for, from EDM blowouts featuring big-names on the international charts to local alt-rock and indie concerts. Even the so-called peak of rainy season can’t stop the momentum as Silverlake, the famous vineyard-slash concert grounds in Pattaya, plays host to a brand-new, day-long live music bash.
On August 29, the Singha Corporation reunites Thailand’s leading alternative rock bands at Silverlake Altermadod, which is a cheeky play on words — it sounds like “alternative,” but in Thai it means something along the lines of “bring a friend to jump with you.” The festival recalls the glory days of the 90s through a line-up led by legendary alt-rock bands Modern Dog and Audy. The latter group is widely known as trend setter sin Thailand. In fact, the popularity of bleached, platinum blonde hairdos owes its origins to the rockers’ style. Other acts include Ai, Playground, Student Ugly, Vassana, Aladin, Pong Pong, Sickchild, Migael, NurserySound, Sherry Duck, and Pex Bluesky.
You don’t have to speak or even understand Thai to have fun, either. Like Big Mountain or the Pattaya Music Festival, Altermadod incorporates the key elements of all the best rock shows: lots of dancing, good food and drinks, the great outdoors, and extremely loud music.
Tickets are B800 and available at Thai Ticket Major outlets. There are shuttle buses to the vineyard from Bangkok, one leaving at noon and the other at 2pm, both from MRT Lad Prao. Thirty minutes after the concert, the buses bring partygoers back to The Walk on Kaset-Nawamin Road. Two-way tickets cost B700. For more information, visit facebook.com/altermadod.