Billed as Bangkok’s first ‘Ideas Festival’, Bangkok Edge returns to the riverside once again with a weekend of literature, film, photography, music, dances, talks, workshops, and performances. More than 40 activities will be offered, to suit a wide range of interests, promoting an overall sustainable lifestyle. This year the Chakrabongse Villas is offering a ‘Chill Out Pass’, a special exclusive ticket you can buy to access the villa compound and enjoy food, drinks, and a tour of the villas. Meanwhile, the grounds of Museum Siam will be transformed into a picnic area with art and crafts stalls, organic products from the 100km Market, and outdoor workshops and demonstrations. In addition, the Praya Bhirombhakdi Auditorium at the Rajini School will host English language talks—with simultaneous translation to Thai—on a wide range of topics, from both local and international speakers. Finally, each day will end with a film screening and a concert curated by Hugo Chakrabongse, with a line-up of musical acts catering to both Thai and international audiences. If you’re coming by boat get off at either the Yodpiman River Walk or Tha Tien piers. Bangkok Edge 2018 will run from 1pm to midnight each day, and there’s no entrance fee and all activities can be participated in free of charge.
January’s Hottest Tickets
Start the new year on a musical note with Swedish band PG.Lost, who will be performing at the Rockademy (120/8, Sukhumvit Soi 26). Their sound is a mix of throbbing melancholia with a healthy dose of dirty crushing rock n’ roll, which sounds just about right for the year 2018 ahead. Tickets are B1,000 (B1,200 at the door), doors open at 7pm, and opening acts include Ziriphon Fireking and Follows.
American rock superstars Imagine Dragons are returning to Bangkok this month, performing at the Show DC Oasis Outdoor Arena (Jaturatid Rd). The band thrilled local fans when they played an intimate gig last September at the Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park hotel—for a select crowd of 500 contest winners and assorted VIPs—but this time the stage, the sound, and the crowd are all going to be much bigger. Tickets are B2,500, B3,500, and B4,500, and doors open at 7:30pm.
Ex-Oasis lead singer Liam Gallagher will take the stage at Bitec Bangna Hall 106 (88 Bangna Trad Rd), touring to support his debut solo album As You Were—which topped the UK charts with the hits “Chinatown” and “Wall of Glass”. Tickets are B3,600 for general admission, or splurge on a VIP stagefront ticket for B4,600, which will get you up close and personal with this irascible 90s rock icon.
Founded in 2009 in Los Angeles, Foster the People achieved success in 2011 with their debut album Torches, which sold in the millions and garnered three Grammy nominations. Touring to support their sophomore album, Supermodel, the band will be in Bangkok performing at Moonstar Studio 8 (Ladprao Soi 80). Doors open at 8pm, and tickets are B2,600.
The XX are a London-based, Mercury Music Prize-winning trio who have release three hugely acclaimed albums to date. Described as minimalistic, with a sound that blends indie rock, electronic, and dream pop, they’ll be commanding the stage at the Thunderdome (Muang Thong Thani) for one night only. General admission tickets are B2,800, and showtime is 8pm.
Italian Festival in Thailand
World renowned jazz trumpeter Fabrizio Bosso performs as guest soloist with the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra in the prestigious Prince Mahidol Hall (999 Phuttamonthon 4 Road, Salaya) for two shows. Friday’s concert is at 7pm, Saturday’s show is at 4pm, and admission to both is free.
Settle in for an afternoon of outdoor opera when the Royal Bangkok Symphony Orchestra is joined by Fabiana Rossi (soprano) and Paola Roncolato (nezzo soprano), in a performance of Neapolitan songs in Lumphini Park. This concert will officially open the Italian Festival in Thailand 2018, and also celebrates the 150th anniversary of bilateral relations between Italy and Thailand. Start time is 5.30pm and admission is free.
The magic of Italian music—from the melodies of Verdi and Ponchielli, to harpsichord music by Scarlatti—comes alive at the Chulalongkorn University, Music Hall (254 Phaya Thai Rd) during an evening of piano and oboe featuring Di Arnaldo de Felice. Start time is 7pm and admission is free.
For more information about these and other upcoming festival events, visit the Italian Festival in Thailand 2018 Facebook page.
There’s Magic in The Air
Until March 2
There still plenty of time to visit the Harry Potter: Christmas in the Wizarding World exhibition which opened on December 17th at Siam Paragon mall (991 Rama 1 Rd). Muggles are invited to wander around the series’ most popular venues, including Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley, and just like the Harry Potter theme park in Orlando, Florida, there will be pop-up shops taken from the pages of the books, including Ollivanders Wand Shop, Madam Puddifoot’s Shop, and Dervish & Banges, which sells magical instruments. Visitors can also sample Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans, collect Chocolate Frogs, and compete in the interactive game ‘Quaffle Toss’ (based on the magic sport of Quidditch).
Jazz fans are in for a treat this month as the Thailand International Jazz Conference 2018 takes over the College of Music Mahidol University Salaya Campus (25/25 Phutthamonthon Sai 4 Rd, Salaya) for three full days. This will be the 10th edition of this annual jazz extravaganza, and visitors will be treated to amazing acts on three separate stages—main stage, auditorium, and oval stage. The scheduled performers range from acclaimed international acts such as the Will Vinson Quintet, the Alfredo Rodríguez Trio, and famed Italian pianist Enrico Zanisi, to local ensembles such as the Mahidol University Jazz Big Band and the Royal Thai Navy Jazz Orchestra. In addition to great music there will also be workshops and competitions. Purchase a three-day conference pass for just B2,500, or get a one-day performance pass (evening concerts) for just B800. Visit the website for full listings.
This month the Rockademy (120/8, Sukhumvit Soi 26) hosts Pow! Fest #3 which, according to the organizers, is the coolest music mini-fest in Thailand. The scheduled line-up includes a few international acts—Mitsume and I Saw You Yesterday from Japan, and Bedchamber from Indonesia—as well as local favourites Soundlanding, Folk9, Seal Pillow, and Wave & So. Tickets are B1,000 at the door, and things get underway at 5pm.