The Unknown Mortal Orchestra returns to Bangkok once again—gracing the stage at Live RCA Bangkok (94, 23/92-94 RCA Alley)—this time touring in support of their latest album Multi-Love. Known for their amazing live performances, this part-American, part-New Zealand rock band explores the textured realms of psychedelic rock, rhythm and blues, indie rock, garage rock, and lo-fi music. Tickets are B750 (B850 at the door). www.ticketmelon.com
The Bangkok Gourmet Festival, held at the Royal Paragon Hall, Siam Paragon, is the first event of its kind. The three-day celebration features an exciting gastronomy feast with celebrity chefs, master chefs, and Michelin-star chefs from America, Europe and Asia. Meanwhile, at the unique food fair, shoppers can taste a variety of the world’s best gastronomic cuisines, and interact with famous chefs at the live cooking shows. Admission is B200 per day. www.bangkokgourmetfestival.com
Get ready to dance to the beat of eternity at Motorsportsland (72 Phahonyothin Rd) where the AnotherWorld music festival—which promises to “break all the rules”—gets underway on the first Saturday of this month. The high-impact DJ line-up includes Zatox, Coone, Noise Controllers, Mighty Fools, and Code Black. Tickets for the one-day event are B1,800 (B2,500 for special VIP passes). www.anotherworldfestival.com
The 2017 King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament will once again be held by the banks of the Chao Phraya River, next to the Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort. Over the course of four days a full range of fun elephant festivities are on offer for the whole family. Now in its fifteenth year, the tournament raises money for projects that better the lives of Thailand’s wild and domesticated elephant population. This year’s event will feature 10 teams—for a total of over 40 players—as well as an opening day parade, children’s educational day, and ‘Ladies Day’ (known locally as the ‘Bangkok Ascot’).
In addition, guests can look forward to a wide range of refreshments, and delicious Italian cuisine at the Sanpellegrino Piazza Tent, presented by S.Pellegrino and Aqua Panna, where they’ll not only find premium mineral waters, but also selected wines from Ferrari Trento, Peroni beer, Italian style pizza from Pizza Massilia and Caffè Vergnano, and special concoctions by Michele Montauti from Mikys cocktail bar. www.anantaraelephantpolo.com
The Rabbit on the Boat party, which was postponed from last year, is finally taking place—making use of the infamous Vanvarang ship. Organized by the good folks behind Thong Lor’s much-loved Rabbit Hole bar, the evening will include live music from special guests, DJ sets, plenty of food, and even an art exhibition… all on the decks of one boat (and the boat is not sailing so guests can come and go). Tickets are B650. Contact 080 592 9577 for more info. www.ticketmelon.com
Modern jazz comes to Bangkok this month in the form of the Chick Corea Elektric Band, who will be appearing one night only at the KBank Siam Pic-Ganesha Theatre (7th Floor Siam Square One). The name Chick Corea is renowned in jazz circles. As a member of Miles Davis’s band in the late 1960s, the pianist participated in the birth of the electric jazz fusion movement. Later, in the 1970s, he formed the legendary Return to Forever band. Now, at 75 years of age, this keyboardist and composer (and winner of 22 Grammy awards) shows no signs of slowing down. Backed up by his four man Elektric Band, this American jazz legend is sure to put on a fiery performance. Tickets range in price from B1,800 to B4,500, and showtime is 7:30pm. www.thaiticketmajor.com
Bring your bike and join in on another exciting 15 km River Night Ride which will pedal through the side streets of Bang Rak, Chinatown, Khlong San, and Sathorn. Start time is 6:30pm and riders will be departing from 100 Kilometer Market, taking place in the Shangri-La Hotel’s Krung Thep Wing (the event’s end point is still yet to be determined). This is a free event.
The hugely popular Thai alternative band ModernDog takes the stage at Impact Arena (Muang Thong Thani) for a concert that celebrates the group’s 22nd anniversary (and promises to be the largest gathering of Thai hipsters from the 90’s). Throughout the band’s more than two decades in the industry, they have never stopped producing quality music that stands out from the crowd. Tickets for this highly-anticipated gig range in price from B1,000 to B3,500 and gates are open from 6pm onwards. www.thaiticketmajor.com
The most manic music festival in March is sure to be Kolour in the Park which takes over the Thai Wake Park Bangkok (18/4 Soi Sudsawas, Lieab Klong 6 Rd) for two days straight. This outdoor house and techno festival, promises a multi-international line-up on three unique stages—including Hamburg’s own Adana Twiins—as well as a graffiti exhibition, custom light show, pro wakeboard showcase, art installations, food, and more. Weekend passes are B1,900 (B2,500 at the door) and the festivities run each day from noon till 2am. www.kolourinthepark.com
Thammasat University’s Center for ASEAN Studies presents the TU ASEAN Expo 2017, taking place at the Tha Prachan campus. The event marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of ASEAN and a transition towards ASEAN 4.0. Thailand’s foremost sand artist Sompong Leerasiri will present his ‘Sand Art for the King’ showcase, while, the Center for ASEAN Studies will organize seminars, with well-known academics on the panel. For online registration, please visit the official website, or call Napat Sonto at 081 306 8914. www.tuaseanexpo.com
Japanese “math rock” band Lite—lauded by many as one of Japan’s top instrumental rock acts—arrive in Thailand for the first time ever, and you can catch them on stage at Live RCA Bangkok (94, 23/92-94 RCA Alley) together with support acts Monomania and Spring.Fall.Sea. Doors open at 7pm, and tickets are B1,000. www.ticketmelon.com
For two days the Gourmet Foodie Fest 2017 will gather the talents from some of Bangkok’s best restaurants at EmQuartier. Foodies can look forward to an array of delicious food stalls, tasting menus, and recipe demonstrations by chefs, as well as informative workshops. The festival runs from 11am till 10pm each day. www.facebook.com/gourmetfoodiefest
The BBC Symphony Orchestra will make their Thai debut this month, performing two concerts at Prince Mahidol Hall (999, Phuttamonthon 4 Rd, Salaya). The program begins each night with the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s musical work the Kinari Suite, although the rest of the selections differ for each evening’s performance. The conductor will be Edward Gardner, with soloist Benjamin Grosvenor on piano. The musicians take the stage at 7pm, and tickets are priced from B1,000 to B10,000. www.thaiticketmajor.com