By Wahtihdah Shannon Duffy
It was tough for me to assess whether the NACC Social Club’s “BYOE” can truly be considered a nightlife event. These “Bring Your Own Everything” nights take place at the NACC space (37 Soi Nana, off Charoenkrung Rd), and definitely don’t fit any commonplace criteria of the zillion brs and nightclubs Bangkok is home to. But the events, which now take place every Saturday (by popular demand), happen… well, during the night and include beer—which you bring yourself—and sure fit the bill for me when it comes to nightlife entertainment.
What’s endlessly interesting about NACC’s “BYOE” is that it’s a new type of nighttime activity that allows the creators and appreciators of Bangkok’s art community to, literally, bring their own content into an open space media project. But don’t get too confused, the NACC Social Club is not anything near a club with a sound system and a bar decked with bottles of booze (so don’t step through the heavyset metal door with expectations of entering a spot like Dark Bar, on Soi Sukhumvit 63). Instead, the NACC is a very tastefully derelict shophouse that plays host to media projects, performances, photography exhibitions, and other installations. However, the eclectic BYOE events are set in the same type of supportive and open format each time, and give the community a chance to exhibit and share what they will. There’s a limitless potential of what to be expected every Saturday night, and it’s that unknown factor that make it so highly anticipated. Running from 9pm till late, these Saturdays soirees can be considered more of an artistically expressive type of event—recommended for creatives who needs a break from the ordinary nighttime activities of mindless inebriation and beat blasting.
And while new ideas are always exciting, sometimes it’s good to review the old. Nite Ride, which has been taking place for over a year now, remains an event worth repeat visits. The event takes place on the last Saturday of each month at Studio Lam (Sukhumvit Soi 51 Alley), and pays homage to the early days of dance clubs and faceless DJ’s who played vinyl on turntables to crowds who understood the groove of the music and wanted to translate that groove into expressive dance moves. With a focus on music of the modern funk, boogie, disco, and electro-funk variety, the whole aim of the night is to return back to the times when the DJ took a backseat and let the music do the driving. Resident DJs include Boogie G, Lows, Dangdut Banget, and Gramaphone Children, and the last time I was there multiple beers were crashing onto the floor—an indication of the reckless dancing that was taking place. Nite Ride is also a night totally packed with people of all ages, all appreciating the atmosphere and music of the more classically boogie-down type. From tropical to funk, and all the way to the layered and soaring sounds of 70’s disco, being at Nite Ride means you’re always going to hear a tune that will transport you back in time to the Farrah Fawcett and moon boot days of your bell-bottom wearing parents (or maybe even your OWN bell-bottom days). In the end, it might be hard to tell if it’s the passion of the moment and special curation of groovy music, or that shot of Ya Dong in your hand, that makes you want to throw up your arms up and channel Soul Train. But what we know for sure is that the no one’s put the brakes on Nite Ride yet.