April 6, 13-15
There are two significant Thai holidays this month, starting with Chakri Day, which falls on April 6th each year. This holiday celebrates Thailand’s Chakri dynasty, founded in 1782, from which the current monarch—King Rama X—hails. On this day the Thai royal family presides over a ceremony that honours the country’s previous monarchs, from Rama I to the recently deceased Rama IX. The second major holiday this month is Songkran, the Thai New Year, which in most areas of the Kingdom runs from April 13th to the 15th.
First celebrated in 1970, Earth Day is now an internationally recognized annual event, with almost 200 countries actively participating via the globally coordinated Earth Day Network. The wide range of activities that take place each year on April 22nd all share the common goal of demonstrating support for environmental protection. Many countries organize festivals, rallies, and various outdoor events, but individuals can also contribute on a personal level by taking the time to conserve just a little bit more, and use just a little bit less.
April’s Hottest Tickets
The LA-based trio Lany first came together in 2014 and after a string of online hits they were named as one of Spotify’s most streamed artists of all time. This will be their second Bangkok appearance—they did a small club gig in August of 2017—and it’s happening at Moonstar Studio 8 (Ladprao Soi 80). Tickets are B2,500 and showtime is 9pm.
Global pop icon Katy Perry returns to Bangkok, bringing her 2018 Witness Tour to Impact Arena (Muang Thong Thani). And while this American-born superstar is one of the best-selling musical artists of all time, she is also wildly inventive visually so fans are in for both a toe-tapping and eye-popping spectacle. Ticket prices range from B3,500 to B7,500, with VIP B10,000 packages also available. Showtime is 8:30pm.
Fans of The Wedding Present, a popular UK indie band from the late 80s, will want to make their way to the Public Restaurant & Bar (491/1 Prasert-Manukitch Rd) for this, the band’s first ever gig in Thailand. Tickets are just B950 and doors open at 7pm.
Touring to support their latest chart-topping album, Freedom Child, Irish three-piece rockers The Script will be performing this month at Impact Arena (Muang Thong Thani). Fans who caught the band’s first Bangkok show back in 2015 are eagerly anticipating their return. Tickets are priced between B2,000 and B4,000.
April 30-May 1
Grammy winning, multi-platinum selling singer/songwriter Bruno Mars is making a two night stop at Impact Arena (Muang Thong Thani), as part of his 24K Magic World Tour. His first Bangkok appearance back in 2014 was completely sold-out, and no doubt these back-to-back gigs will be the same. Tickets range in price from B3,500 to B8,500, and both concerts begin at 8:30pm.
April 20-May 20
Annual event BAMM! (Bangkok Arts & Music Month), returns this April and will see a series of indie concerts held at several different venues across Bangkok. Artists performing this month include Yung Bae on April 20th at NOMA and Cosmo Pyke on April 25th at Helix Garden Emquartier. Tickets are currently on sale with prices ranging from B590 to B2,990.
Magners International Comedy Festival
April 5, 7, 9
Hilarious British comedian Bill Bailey is coming to Thailand this month, as part of the Magners International Comedy Festival, and his first gig will be in Bangkok at the Westin Grande Sukhumvit (259 Sukhumvit Rd) on April 5th at 8pm. Expect brand new material, tackling politics, philosophy, and the pursuit of happiness, interlaced with Bailey’s signature musical virtuosity and surreal tangents. In addition to his performance at the Westin, he will also be appearing at The Royal Cliff Beach Hotel in Pattaya (April 7th), and at the Phuket Marriott Resort & Spa, Merlin Beach (April 9th). Tickets vary in price for each locale, but seats for the Bangkok gig start at B1,000.
Italian Festival In Thailand
It’s not easy to define the music of the Daniele Sepe Quartet, as they balance reggae, folk, world music, jazz, rock, fusion, blues, and even classical music in their diverse setlist. But often the vivacity and the strength of the sounds are accompanied by a heartfelt social criticism. This month, Bangkok audiences have two opportunities to see this unique ensemble—first on Tuesday April 3rd at 7pm at the Music Hall of Chulalongkorn University (254 Phayathai Rd), and then on the following evening at The Living Room Jazz Bar at the Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit (250 Sukhumvit Rd) at 8:30pm
Clarinet player extraordinaire Raffaele Bertolini will enchant audiences with an extremely original and variegated performance, combining everything from classic hits, modern and contemporary music, movie soundtracks, and even jazz and electronic music. It’s a free and fascinating musical journey, taking place at Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (939, Rama 1 Rd) at 7pm.
As part of the Italian Grand Weekend taking place at Siam Paragon (991, Rama 1 Rd) the energetic Slivovitz Septet will be performing a series of free mini-concerts in the Fashion Hall on the 1st floor. Enjoy a wonderful weekend learning how to live the “Italian way”, with a great combination of music, food, wine, and drinks… and shopping.
For more information about the ongoing Italian Festival in Thailand 2018, visit www.ambbangkok.esteri.it
Electronic Dance Music
Looking for a hi-NRG EDM dance party during the Songkran holiday weekend? If so, check out the S2O Festival, presented by Pepsi, taking place at Live Park (Rama 9 Rd). Over the course of three days a DJ line-up consisting of heavyweights such as Anna Lunoe, Mashd n’ Kutcher, Oliver Heldens, Tujamo, and DJ Snake will be thrilling the water soaked crowd of EDM maniacs. Single day tickets are B2,000, three-day passes are B4,400, and a one-day VIP package, including champagne bar, is a mere B4,900.
Grammy-nominated DJ and producer Paul Oakenfold will be bringing his Spectrum World Tour to Insanity Nightclub (32/2 Sukhumvit Soi 11). On this tour, he will be playing some of the original acid house records, mixing in brand new music, and remixing some classics from back in the day.
Get ready to rhumba, as the 2nd annual Thailand International Latin Festival gets underway at the Rembrandt Hotel Bangkok (19, Sukhumvit Soi 18). Join MC Luis Vasquez (Mexico) as he welcomes such dance sensations as: Simone & Serena (Italy); Jojo & Mickaela (France/Sweden); Adi & Sonali (India); Ruben Lee (Mexico/China); Gary Foo (Singapore); and the all-girl group Wabisabi (Japan). Get set for shows, workshops, night parties, pool parties, amazing DJ sets and more. Ticket info, including 3-day pass and room rental packages, is available online.
A series of sizzling dance events and celebrations take over the Rembrandt Hotel Bangkok (19, Sukhumvit Soi 18) at the end of this month as the 2nd annual Thailand Tango Festival arrives in Bangkok. On Thursday the 26th things kick off with Milonga de Ablande featuring DJ Pablo Martinez from Argentina. Other highlights include: the La Tanturi Orchestra from Buenos Aires; the Fiiesta Tanguera maestro show; and one of the most popular orchestras from Buenos Aires for the closing night Romantica Milonguera. Most events are ticketed, however there will be several free events, including a wine tasting, an evening cinema, and a wet and wild pool party.