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26 events you don't want to miss in Bangkok this August

Concert season is in full swing. But August is also packed with art, theater and a massive 24-hour book sale. 

By Siriya Suriyanon | Jul 31, 2017

  • 26 events you don't want to miss in Bangkok this August
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CONCERTS: Oh Wonder

The British electro-pop duo best known for hits like "Without You," "Drive" and "Livewire" make their Bangkok debut in an intimate setting. UPDATE: Both Jul 31 and Aug 1 shows are sold out.

Aug 1. Do Not Disturb, Ekkamai Soi 5/1

CONCERTS: Lany

The American three-piece indie rockers, best known for their hits "Ilysb," "Hot Lights" and "Omg", perform live as part of their tour promoting their latest EP I Loved You. Tickets are sold out. 

Aug 2. Do Not Disturb, Ekkamai Soi 5/1

ART: Garderns of Eden - Painting from a New Dimension

Slovenian artist Tjasa Iris presents vividly colorful paintings informed by European influences and her experiences traveling around Southeast Asia since 2009.  

Aug 3-27. 2/F, Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC), 939 Rama 1 Rd

ART:Muslimah

Curated by Keeat Isran, Nuratna Hawae, Nuriya Waji, Kusofiyah Nibuesa, Heedayah Mahavi and Arichama Pakapet, an exhibition exploring gender roles within Islam and what it's like to be a Muslim woman in Thailand right now.

Aug 4-27. 2/F, Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC), 939 Rama 1 Rd.

ART: ERRORiSM

Thai artists Kamolchat Pangtho, Nattiwut Choomanowat, Patt Yingcharoen and Sakarin Sukimanatham display works that share new ideas in society.

Aug 4-Sep 9. Kalwit Studio & Gallery, Wireless Soi 2

 

GIGS: Chanudom x Rasmee

Isaan soul singer Rasmee and rockers Chanudom present a theatrical-style performance dubbed "Sinner of A Black Uniform City" with two performances per night. The B1,000-3,5000 tickets ain’t cheap, but should be worth it.

Aug 4-5. Studio 28, 15/124-126 Krungthepkreeta Soi 37, 02-736-0923; 088-562-9882

TALK: Ted x Bangkok

Back for its third consecutive year under the theme of "little thing mingle," the talk series tackles how an accumulation of small ideas can generate change. With 14 speakers and 2 performances will cover topics from technology, religious differences and the aging society. Tickets are only available via registration, which is now closed.

Aug 5. 7/F, Siam Square One, Rama 1 Rd

 

ART: (Un) Composition

A finalist in last year's Sovereign Asian Art Prize, Latthapon Korkiatarku's first solo exhibition blurs the line between two-dimensional paintings and the sense of objecthood as seen in sculptures to question the space beyond the rectangular frame of the artworks.

Aug 5 - Oct 1. Gallery VER, Narathiwas Soi 22

 

MARKETS: Art Toys Thailand

Over 100 local toy makers, artists and designers flood the mall's 2nd floor with new and limited-edtion pieces as well as workshops.

Aug 5-6.  Fortune Town, 1 Ratchadaphisek Rd.


GIGS: Sungha Jung

Youtube-famous South Korean musician Sungha Jung known for his acoustic finger-picking style visits Bangkok on his world tour.

Aug 6. Thailand Cultural Centre, Ratchadaphisek Rd

 

FAIRS: Phrakanong Summer Festival

Japanese bars and restaurants in the Phra Khanong area, including Yooi Don, Kinjo Okinawa restaurant, GOJA, Amby and more, join together to offer food and drinks alongside a tuna carving show, standup performances, a singing competition and a variety of other activities.

Aug 6. Tenkaichi Yakiton Yakitori Nagiya, Room 105, 1/F, Nihonmachi, 115 Sukhumvit Soi 26

CONCERTS:Issues 

The American metalcore band visit as part of their Headspace world tour to perform their genre-mashing blend of electronic, pop and R&B.  

Aug 8. Hollywood Hall Ratchada, Ratchadaphisek Soi 8

THEATER:Four Regions: The Musical

Adapted from the novel by Kukrit Pramoj, this theater performance follows a young girl named Phloi from a lower aristocratic family, charting the pivotal shift from absolute monarchy to constitutional monarchy.

Aug 8-Sep 17. 4/F, The Esplanade, 99 Ratchadaphisek Rd

CONCERTS: Shura

After canceling her Wonderfruit show earlier in the year, the English synth-pop singer/songwriter performs Youtube-famous tracks like “Touch” and “2shy” from her album Nothing’s Real.

Aug 9. Central World, Ratchadamri Rd.

CONCERTS: DNCE

Ex-Jonas Brothers singer Joe Jonas and bandmates Jack Lawless, Cole Whittle, and JinJoo Lee perform their hit dance-rock singles like “Cake by the Ocean” and “Kissing Strangers.”

Aug 10. Muang Thai GMM Live House, 8/F, CentralWorld, 999/1 Rama 1 Rd

ART: Siam Rangers

Inspired by Japanese manga, singer and artist Preyawit Nilachulaka's 20 paintings and 1 life-size sculpture examine the role of police in Thai society.

Aug 10-Sep 10. The Adler Subhashok Gallery, 160/3 Sukhumvit Soi 39

CONCERTS: Kid Ink

The American rapper/music producer, known for singles "Show Me" with Chris Brown and "F With U" with Ty Dollar Sign, hits the stage alongside Thai artists Thaitanium,  Southside, Young P.A. and 2Crooks.

Aug 11. CentralWorld, 4, 4/1-4/2, 4/4, Ratchadamri Rd

MARKETS: The Big Bad Wolf Book Sale

The second edition of this all-nighter book fair at Hall 9 offers massive discounts across over 3 million English-language titles.

Aug 11-27. Impact Arena, Muang Thong Thani, 99 Popular Rd.

NIGHTLIFE: Bok Bok

The UK bass artist, boss of the influential Night Slugs label, headlines a night of uncompromising sounds from DJs DeLorean, Disco Stu, Azek and Will.

Aug 12. Whiteline, Silom Soi 8 

NIGHTLIFE: TOKiMIONSTA

The LA producer and DJ spins her own eccentric mix of hip-hop, electronic and wavy R&B beats as part of her Lune Rouge world tour.

Aug 13. Beam, 1/F, 72 Courtyard, Sukhumvit Soi 55

CONCERTS: Ariana Grande

The international multi-plantinum singer performs in Bangkok as part of her Dangerous Woman tour, promising hits like "Break Free," "Love Me Harder" and "Problem."’

Aug 17. Impact Arena, Muang Thong Thani, 99 Popular Rd

 

CONCERTS: Phoenix

The French indie-rock band, known for their sound that traverses synth-pop, alternative rock and new wave, make their Bangkok debut to perform tracks from their latest album Ti Amo. Tickets are sold out. 

Aug 17. Moonstar Studio, 701 Lad Phrao Soi 80

THEATER: Oh! Ode

Sasapin Siriwanij, in collaboration with Surachai Petsangrot, performs a "live sculpting of art in movement" inspired by Jarunun Phantachat’s experimental showpiece The Test of Endurance. With a photography exhibition by Wichaya Artamat

Aug 18-20. WTF Gallery & Café, 7 Sukhumvit Soi 51

 

ART: The Creative District Gallery Hopping Night

The night when some of the coolest galleries in town stay open late returns, with full line-up still to be confirmed. Here’s what to expect if you haven’t been before.

Aug 19. Galleries around Charoenkrung and Silom roads TBC

 

CONCERTS: Tuxedo

The American funk and soul duo of  Mayer Hawthorne and Jake One debuts in Bangkok to perform '80s-inspired hits like "Do it" and "Number One."

Aug 23. SRP5 Studio, 5 Ramkhamhaeng Rd

 

CONCERTS: Foo Fighters

Led by Dave Grohl, the American alternative rock band best known for hits like ""Everlong," "Best of You" and "The Pretender" make their first appearance in Bangkok since 1996.

Aug 24. Impact Challenger Hall, Impact Challenger Building, 1 Popular Rd.

 
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