Celebrate all things gin-related as the 5th annual East Imperial Gin Jubilee kicks off in Bangkok for the first time—from January 31st to February 4th. Over the course of five days, 17 of Bangkok’s best bartenders are vying for the prestigious award of who does the city’s best G&T. The winning bar and bartender will then be unveiled at the Gin Lane closing street party on February 4th, at Quaint. The party—which is free to attend— will also showcase a series of pop up bars and gin brands, where guests have the opportunity to try some of the competing bars’ G&T creations for B200 per drink. Throughout the week, imbibers can also expect a series of masterclasses, workshops and guest bartending shifts around town, alongside gin & tonic culinary pairing specials, and a Gin Ramble bar trail. www.ginjubilee.com.
Japanese indie rock band Lostage will be making their Thailand debut when they take the stage at Play Yard Studio Bar (Lat Phrao 8 Alley, Lane 3) for a night of rhythmic feedback, distorted guitars, and eerily beautiful melodies. The trio will be joined by supporting acts Inspirative, Plot, and Safeplanet. Tickets are B300 (door only) and showtime is 8:30pm.
For four full days, the 100 Plus A Day Bike Fest 2017—the biggest bike fest in ASEAN—takes over the 3rd floor of the Makkasan Airport Rail Link station from 10am to 8pm daily (the event was rescheduled from November of last year). Since 2012 government, private, and community organizations have come together in order to support biking in Thailand, thus creating this annual event. This year’s festival area will be divided into 12 zones, including: the Shop Zone (more than 200 retailers selling Thai and international brands); Performance Zone; Test Ride Zone; Vintage Market Zone; and the Forum and Workshop Zone (with biking workshops led by professionals). Other highlights include the Extreme Zone (with competitions and performances from Thai and international extreme bikers), and in-between checking out all things bike-related you can enjoy the food and drink booths and the Café Zone. There’s even all-day security for bikes in the parking area.
Fight for your right to par-tay, as Sky on 20 presents their 80s – 90s Flashback Party on Friday, February 3rd, 2017. The rooftop venue (26F, Novotel Bangkok Sukhumvit 20) invites partygoers to dance like no one’s watching, as the DJ entertains with classic retro hits. To make it even more fun—and maybe a bit embarrassing—put on your best 80s or 90s look, and you could win the prize (and the everlasting fame) for the ‘Night’s Best Look’. Entrance fee is B300 net, including one drink (beer, house wine, spirit and mixer or soft drink). Other special table booking packages are also available. Make your reservation by calling 02 009 4999 or email email@example.com.
February 3 & 4
One of the most important events of the annual cultural art program in Bangkok is the La Fête Galleries’ Night, organized by the French Embassy of Thailand. This will be the 4th staging of this annual event, which aims to promote contemporary art and highlights all dynamic creativity—Thai and international—introducing new experiences and pleasures, both small and large, to the gallery going public. Over the course of the two nights—Friday, February 3rd and Saturday, February 4th, gallery goers will discover a wide variety of activities, including exhibitions, performances, artist meet-ups, film and video screenings, talks, and even live music. And with more than 40 participating galleries and art spaces in Bangkok, there’s sure to be something for everyone.
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For a taste—make that a smorgasbord—of Thai indie music, head to Wonder World Fun Park (41, Kanchanapisek Rd, Khan Na Yao district) for the Cat Expo 3D festival, hosted by Cat Radio. Over the course of the 2 days there will be a total of 130 bands, on five stages, with local favourites such as Hugo, Greasy Cafe, Jelly Rocket, Jenny & The Scallywags, Srirajah Rockers, and Yellow Fang rockin’ the park. Things get underway Saturday at 3pm and finish Sunday at 11pm. Tickets are B1,500.
American indie rock band the Goo Goo Dolls will be performing in Bangkok for the very first time this month, as part of their world tour. They’ll be taking the stage at BCC Hall (Central Plaza Ladphrao). Formed in New York back in 1986, the band has sold more than 12 million albums and earned four Grammy Award
nominations. They are currently promoting their 11th studio album, Boxes. Things get underway starting at 7:30pm, and tickets are B2,000 in advance, B2,200 at the door.
This month the controversial play The Vagina Monologues will be presented by the Bangkok Community Theatre at The Admiral’s Pub (Sukhumvit Soi 24, Oakwood Residence). This episodic play, written by Eve Ensler, made its off-Broadway debut in 1996, and The New York Times called it “the most important piece of political theatre of the last decade”. The play will be staged on three separate evenings, beginning on Valentine’s day (February 14th), followed by two more performances on February 17th and 18th. The tickets are B500 and the show begins promptly at 7:30pm.
The Wonderfruit Festival is set to take place this month at The Fields at the Siam Country Club (15 km outside Pattaya). This is the third staging of this popular event, and four day passes are B5,500 in advance, and B6,000 at the door. Festival goers can expect an entertaining amalgam of music, art, workshops, and food, and at the same time learn about the many sustainability efforts of the event.
Another event set to rock Pattaya—the same weekend as Wonderfruit—is the Maya Music Festival, taking place at the beach at Bang Lamung. The all star DJ line-up is headlined by Tiësto, and general admission tickets for the 2-day show start at B4,000, while VIP tickets start from B6,000.
As part of an amazing food month in Bangkok, the Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok will play host to a dynamic array of world-renowned chefs when their Culinary Greats series gets underway. Top-ranked names from the culinary world—including Umberto Bombana, Julian Royer, Richard Ekkabus, Ryan Clift, Mingoo Kang, Luca Fantin, and Dharshan Munidasa—will be taking over the kitchens and whipping up some mind-blowing edible works of art. The first half of the event runs from February 18th to 19th, and the second half runs from February 22nd to the 23rd. www.mandarinoriental.com/bangkok
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Acclaimed American instrumental rock guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani brings his Surfing To Shockwave tour to Bangkok’s Centerpoint Studio (Soi Lasalle, Sukhumvit Soi 105). He is considered a highly technical guitarist and has mastered an array of astounding performance techniques, including two-handed tapping, arpeggio tapping, extreme whammy bar effects, and sweep picking.For this performance he’ll be joined on stage by bandmates Marco Zinnemann, Bryan Beller, and Mike Keneally. Tickets are B2,000, while the VIP Package—which includes autograph session, poster, and front-of-house seats, is B3,500. Showtime is 8pm.
For four days this month the Queen Sirikit Convention Centre plays host to the Thailand Coffee Fest 2017—the kingdom’s biggest coffee festival. All aspects of the coffee business are covered, from coffee producing to coffee roasteries, machineries, and distributors. There will also be awards, competitions, numerous coffee workshops and special seminars (conducted by famous coffee masters), and even a shopping area. And, of course, for java junkies the Cafe Village Zone is where you can smell and taste the various coffees from the coolest cafés.
Lindy Hoppers will be kicking up their heels this month for an evening of swing dancing fun, presented by Bangkok Swing. Music will be provided by Gunhild Carling & Her Swedish Troupers, and the event—which is free, and open to everyone—will begin at 7pm with a lesson for beginners. Over the course of the next few hours dancers from around the world, and random locals trying things out for the first time, will jump and jive to their heart’s content. The location will most likely be the Phra Prathon Chedi (in Nakhon Pathom), although a press time organizers were still finalizing the venue. Check the facebook page for updates.
Critically-acclaimed, cross-dressing comedy maverick Eddie Izzard is performing in Bangkok for the first time this month. His monumental Force Majeure tour, which he’s been taking around the world since 2013, will be making its Thailand stop at the Kbank Siam Pic-Ganesha theatre. Izzard has been hailed as one of the foremost stand-up comics of his generation, deftly mixing scholarly references with surrealistic silliness. Tickets for the show range in price from B2,000 to B3,800.
The legendary rock band Guns N’Roses are bringing their Not In This Lifetime tour to SCG Stadium in Nonthaburi at the end of this month. And while this reunion only features three founding members—namely Axl Rose, Slash, and Duff McKagan—it’s still cause for celebration amongst hard rock fans in Bangkok. And judging from the band’s sold out concerts and acclaimed reviews across the globe thus far, these bad boys are bigger and better than ever. Ticket prices range from B3,500 to B6,500, while special VIP packages are available starting at B14,000 and going all the way up to B24,000.