The 24-hour online radio station Cat Radio invites food and music fans to the It’s Me Cat Foodival taking place at Makkasan Airport Rail Link Station from 11am till 11pm. The festival features cooking classes from celebrity chefs and over 60 food stalls from Thailand’s top musicians, such as crepes by Muay Scrubb, roti saimai by Boy Trai, and organic supply by Greasy Cafe. Another highlight will be the performances of various singers and bands which include big names like Stamp, Paradox, Ten To Twelve, Superbaker, Sqweez Animal, Tul Apartment Khunpa, Better Weather, and Yellow Fang.
Glam rockers Of Montreal will be appearing in Bangkok as part of the Singha Light Live Series Vol. 3 at Live RCA (Royal City Avenue, Rama 9 Rd). The group, which hails from Athens, Georgia (USA), was founded by frontman Kevin Barnes back in the mid-90s, and since then they’ve blown many a collective mind with their psychedelic sounds. Along with old favourites fans will also have a chance to hear tracks from Innocence Reaches, the band’s latest album. Tickets are B1,200 and showtime is 8pm. A sold out show is expected, so get your tickets now!
Get ready for another in a series of Italian Music Nights at the Diplomat Bar in the Conrad Hotel (87 Witthayu Rd). This month Duo Bel Canto—comprised of Alessandro Vuono and Antonio Arcuri—performs a special concert with piano and clarinet. The duo has a vast repertoire and plays fantasies of famous operatic themes (Il Barbiere di Siviglia, La Traviata, and Rigoletto), a medley of Italian soundtracks, music by modern international composers, and arrangements from classic Mediterranean tradition. The show gets underway at 9pm.
The Bangkok Symphony Orchestra (BSO) welcomes two talented conductors to Bangkok this month. The first concert features Canadian conductor Charles Olivieri-Munroe from the Krakow Philharmonic Orchestra, who will perform selections from Beethoven which include Overture Consecration of the House, Piano Concerto No. 4, and Symphony No. 3 Eroica, featuring the skilled pianist Marcela Fiorillo. The concert takes place in the Main Hall of the Thailand Cultural Centre (14 Thiam Ruam Mit Rd). Tickets are priced at B400, B800, B1,200, B1,600, and B2,000, and the performance begins at 8pm.
The up and coming singing star Charlie Puth brings his Nine Track Mind Tour 2016 to Bangkok’s GMM Live House (8th Floor of CentralWorld), for one evening only. This 24 year-old rising star is already a YouTube sensation, and fans can expect to hear hit songs such as “One Call Away”, “Marvin Gaye”, and “See You Again” which is taken from The Fast and Furious 7 movie soundtrack. The special guest opening acts for this concert will be Room 39 and Ozmo. Things get underway at 7pm and tickets are priced at just B2,000 (with special VIP packages available too).
To commemorate the birthday of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit, join the August 12th Half Marathon Bangkok 2016 which kicks off at 5am from the Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre (60 New Rachadapisek Rd). This is the 12th running of this popular annual event, and this year the races include a 21.1k half marathon, a 10.5k mini marathon, a 6k fun run, and a 1.8k charity walkrun. There are trophies and cash prizes for the winners, and entry fee starts from just B400. In addition, proceeds from the race will be donated to Queen Sirikit Centre for Breast Cancer (QSCBC).
Something magical is coming to The Comedy Club Bangkok! Stand-up Comedy and magic brings 2 of the biggest international comedian magicans to Bangkok with Comedy Central’s Justin Rivera (a favourite of Russell Peter’s) and award-winning Jarred Fell (a favourite of Steve-O)! Joined by one of the fastest rising stars in the LA comedy scene Laugh Factor star Eli Nicholas! Come see something very special this is set to be another groundbreaking show. Tickets are B500 in advance, and B750 on the door, with a drink and drinks specials, including B85 beers. Advance tickets are available at comedyclubbangkok.com and The Royal Oak pub.
The Smirnoff Sound Collective presents Tempology Music Festival 2016, a music festival for people who are passionate about underground electronic music. This annual event brings together artists and music lovers in a culture of art, design, lifestyle, and fashion—all connected by amazing EDM sounds. Head to Live RCA (Rama 9 Rd) and prepare for 3 stages and over 30 artists including Ga- Pi, Koichi Shimizu, Duck & Noodle ft. DJ Sun, and Cut The Crab. Tickets are B700 (B600 before August 7th), and the all-day event starts at 3:30pm.
The wait is over for fans of the band Two Door Cinema Club. After being away for two years, Alex Trimble, the singer, is back with the band’s brand new third album. Formed in 2007, this group has released a number of hit singles and have a wide fan base all over the world. Enjoy a fun day of music and catch Thai bands, Tattoo Colour and Tabasco at Oasis Outdoor Arena & Creative Market (Chaturathit Rd). Tickets are B2,000 in advance and B2,500 at the door, and showtime is 7pm.
One of the world’s most captivating producers, Sébastien Léger, will be coming to Live RCA (Royal City Avenue, Rama 9 Rd) this month. His outstanding dedication, passion, and effort have made him a well-known figure in the electronic music scene, and during his career in music and production this native of France has worked on such remarkable releases as 2013’s Back To Back on Mistakes. The party starts at 9pm till 3am.
Japanese pop culture comes to Bangkok in a big way this month when the Anime Festival Asia Thailand 2016, the largest and most followed J-pop culture event in Southeast Asia, takes over the Royal Paragon Hall (5th floor, Siam Paragon). The festival features an I Love Anisong concert by Japan’s best anisong artists, including Aimer, Eir Aoi, Garnidelia, and more. Other highlights include celebrity cosplayers and record label showcases. Tickets range in price from just B150 to B390, B1,900 and B3,300 (with each higher price allowing visitors access to more events).
The 19 year-old guitarist Sungha Jung, who has almost 4 million subscribers on his Youtube channel, will once again be returning to Bangkok—this time for his 5th solo concert. Hailing from Korea, this teenage guitar virtuoso will be performing his unique fingerstyle solos, enchanting fans with selections from his latest album L’Atelier, which include hits like “On Cloud Nine” and “Seventh #9”. The concert takes place at M Theatre (2884/2 New Petchburi Rd.). Showtime is from 6pm till 8pm, and tickets are B2400, B1,600, and B1,100.
Fans of the innovative TedTalks series will not want to miss the upcoming TedxBangkok, which returns this year under the theme “Learn. Unlearn. Relearn.” For one day only, 16 carefully selected speakers and 4 incredible performances will take over the stage at the KBank Siam Pic-Ganesha Theatre (7th floor, Siam Square One), starting from 8am and continuing till 6pm. The talks will be both in Thai and English, with simultaneous translation. Can’t make it on the day? Don’t worry, live streaming of TEDxBangkok 2016 will also be made available online.
Stop by Siam Paragon Cineplex and check out the films being screened at the Indian Film Festival of Thailand. This year, Bollywood Bangkok is presenting 7 Indian movies which include Hindi favourites such as PK, Dilwale, Bajrangi Bhaijaan, and Bahubali. Tickets are available for free by registering at www.bollywoodbangkok.com, and you can pick them up at the Paragon Cineplex 30 minutes prior to showtime (in lieu of soft or hard copy of IFFT registration form).
August 24-September 1
It’s time once again for young Muay Thai talents to compete in the 2016 IFMA Youth World Championships Thailand. Now in its 12th year, this event includes IFMA World Championship/World Cup tournaments in the Youth Divisions, as well as the Youth Wai Kru World Championships and the Youth Muay-Aerobic World Championships. And while the athletes may be young, don’t underestimate their spirit. This event is presented in cooperation with the UN Women project to end violence against women and, moreover, the event is also aimed at delivering the important message of “Sport is Your Gang”. This year’s IFMA event will take place at the Thailand National Stadium (154 Rama 1 Rd).
As a part the 11th edition of Italian Festival in Thailand, the Bangkokbased early music ensemble Baroque Musicke will perform rare gems from their Italian baroque repertoire, starting at 7pm at the Music Hall, Chulalongkorn University. The ensemble is directed by Italian musicians Jacopo Gianninoto and Alberto Firrincieli, in collaboration with talented young Thai string players, and features rare original instruments such as the lute, the Baroque guitar, and the harpsichord. Admission is free.
For the second in its international conductor series, the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra (BSO) welcomes Martin André, the only conductor to have performed for all the major British opera companies. This maestro will delight audiences with a selection Russian ballet music, accompanied by the talented ballerina Inna Bilash and other dancers from Russia’s Perm Ballet Company. The performance takes place in the Main Hall of the Thailand Cultural Centre (14 Thiam Ruam Mit Rd). Tickets are priced at B500, B1,000, B1,500, B2,000, and B2,500, and the performance begins at 8pm.