In Thailand, Mother’s Day is celebrated on August 12th, which commemorates the birthday of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit, the Mother of all Thai people. However, this year it will be Monday August 13th that is the public holiday, as the 12th falls on a Sunday. If you’re looking for a place to treat your mum to a special brunch or dinner that weekend, there are loads of restaurants across the city offering amazing Mother’s Day meal deals.
Last month the Marvel Experience Thailand theme park opened in a 20,000 sq.m complex behind the Mega Bangna Ikea (Bangna-Trad Rd). Here, comic book fanboys and fangirls can tour a series of immersive attractions, many of which use high-tech 3-D projection mapping on the walls and ceiling. Follow the story of the Mighty Avengers as they defend Bangkok against supervillains, or head to the Training Center and learn to punch like Hulk, or jump like Black Panther, in games that rely on motion detection. Tickets are B1,500 for adults and B1,350 for children. Open daily, 9am till midnight.
August’s Hottest Tickets
Canadian indie artist Mac DeMarco last visited Bangkok in 2013, and this month he’s back to perform at Voice Space (BBD Building, 197 Viphavadi Rangsit Rd). The 28-year-old fuses catchy indie-pop melodies with lo-fi sensibilities, resulting in what some would call “slacker-rock”. Tickets are B1,600, and showtime is 8pm.
Nothing But Thieves are a five-piece Brit-rock band formed back in 2012 in Southend-on-Sea, Essex. They’ll be strutting their stuff onstage at Moonstar Studio (701, Lad Phrao Soi 80) in support of their latest album, Broken Machine. Tickets are B2,600 each and things get underway at 8pm.
Fans of rock superstars Linkin Park were shocked last July when news broke that lead singer Chester Bennington had taken his own life. Now, just over a year later, the band’s co-lead singer Mike Shinoda will be performing a solo show in town as part of his Post Traumatic Tour, featuring songs that deal with his grieving process in the wake of his bandmate’s death. The 7pm show is at Gmm Live House (8/F, CentralWorld), and tickets range in price from B1,600 to B2,800.
Trent Reznor’s infamous industrial rock project Nine Inch Nails will be performing in Thailand for the first time—welcome news for fans still distraught over the cancellation of their gig at Pattaya’s Silverlake Music Festival back in 2014—at Moonstar Studio (701, Lad Phrao Soi 80). Blending harsh electronics with angst-ridden lyrics, the band has sold over 20 million records worldwide. Tickets are B3,000, and doors open at 7pm.
Formed in Cambridge back in 2008, Clean Bandit is a British electronic trio known for pop hits that mix electronic music with classical pieces by composers such as Mozart and Shostakovich. Fans attending their show at Impact Arena (Muang Thong Thani) can expect to hear selections from their 2014 album New Eyes, as well as tracks from their upcoming new disc. Tickets are B1,900 and B2,600, and showtime is 8:30pm.
August’s Hottest Tickets
British indie-R&B-crooner Tom Misch will be gracing the stage at Moonstar Studio (701, Lad Phrao Soi 80) for what is sure to be a sell-out show. This 23-year-old solo artist already has five albums to his name, and a loyal following that can’t get enough of his laid back, soothing sounds. Tickets are B1,800 and showtime is 7pm.
Fans of instrumental and “math rock” music—yes, they do exist—are getting set for Manila’s own Tide/Edit, who will be noisily noodling at De Commune (Liberty Plaza, Sukhumvit Soi 55) for one night only. Tickets are B550 (B600 at the door) and local bands January (math rock) and The Rocket Whale (alternative post hardcore) are also on the bill.
August 29-September 1
Attention ladies—and certain gentlemen—Australia’s Thunder From Down Under are returning to Bangkok! These brawny beefcakes will be performing their acclaimed Las Vegas all-male revue for four nights only at Levels Night Club (Sukhumvit Soi 11). It’s a ‘Girls Night Outback’, with plenty of sweat, screams, and six packs crammed into this 75-minute audio-visual extravaganza. Show starts at 7pm each evening, and tickets for this 20+ event start at B2,500 (group rates available).
Big Bad Book Sale
Now in its third year in Bangkok, the annual Big Bad Wolf Sale is a bookworm’s paradise, with over three million English-language titles at heavily discounted prices of up to 60-80 per cent off. The 11-day event will take place 24-hours a day in Hall 9 of Impact Forum (99 Popular Rd, Muangthong Thani). Browse fiction and non-fiction titles covering every topic imaginable.
Playwright, actor, and author Greg Fleet is also one of Australia’s most highly respected stand up comedians, having performed in 26 Melbourne International Comedy Festivals and seven Edinburgh Fringe Festivals. He’ll be in town for one night only at the Westin Grande Sukhumvit, Bangkok (259 Sukhumvit Rd), along with his special guest, funnyman Matt Wharf. Tickets are B700 (B900 at the door) and doors open at 7pm.
Peel The Limelight theatre troupe presents Hollow, an original ensemble drama inspired by the history of the thousands of “comfort women” who were forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese army before and during WWII. The eight performances take place over four consecutive Fridays and Saturdays, in the Jasmine City Bldg (Sukhumvit Soi 23), starting at 8pm. Tickets are B700 (B500 for students and members).
The Italian Festival in Thailand presents Othello’s Room, a solo show (with musical accompaniment) that takes place in the moments after the maligned moor has murdered his bride—as he muses his terrible fate. This free performance begins at 7pm in the Music Hall, Chulalongkorn University (254 Phyathai Rd).