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25 events you don't want to miss in Bangkok this December

'Tis the season for festivals and markets. But that's not all to look forward to. 

By Neon Boonyadhammakul | Dec 01, 2017

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Nightlife: 12 Years of Glow with Dani Casarano & Residents

A two-night event to celebrate 12 years of the club with a lineup of DJs including Superstar Panda,  DOTT, Dan Buri, Mendy Indigo, Elaheh, junesis, Dani Casarano, Sunju Hargun, Moreno, The Outsider and Koish.

Dec 1-2, 9:30am. Glow, 96/4-5 Sukhumvit Soi 23, 086-614-3355. B250-350 includes 1 drink.

Nightlife: Singha Beer Garden

Downtown’s favorite beer garden reopens for a month of outdoor food, beer, and live music.
 
Dec 1-30, 5pm. Central World, Ratchadamri Rd., 02-635-1111.
 

Art: Heineken: Behind the Star Experience

The Dutch beer brand hosts an exhibition featuring installation art by Bangkok-based visual artists Eyedropper Fill that tells the story of the brewery.  

Dec 1-31. CentralWorld, 999/9 Rama 1 Rd. Free.

Film: The 60 Second Film Festival

This super-short independent film event returns along with music and art exhibitions from VJ Gabriel Camelin, Graham Meyer, Tae Parit Art and Animation. The screening shows the work of both international and national candidates, with a limited length of 60 seconds for each film.

Dec 2, 7pm. Whiteline, Silom Soi 8, 087-061-1117. Free.

Music Festival: Tempology

An electronic music festival with 3 stages and a lineup of underground artists including Montonn Jira, X0809, and Giant Swing ft. NK Chan & Gaolao, accompanied by visual by Kor.Bor.Vor, Keep_Your_Eyes_On, EBVJ, Sirasith Visual and 3eview. Tickets availbale at bit.ly/2zmzkEp

Dec 2, 4pm. Fortune Town, 1,3,5,7 Ratchadaphisek Rd. B800-900.

Gig: Bird Sound Record presents Acid Reflux #2

A rock and roll night featuring local bands Samun Lumyai, Dead Flowers and Yerm.

Dec 2, 8:30pm. De Commune, 1/F, Liberty Plaza, Sukhumvit Soi 55 (Thonglor), 061-717-4365. B150.

Concert: Prep Returns to Bangkok

The London modern-soul band known for the single “Who’s Got You Singing Again” returns for a live performance. Grab tickets at bit.ly/2A3FKYW.

Dec 2, 7pm Voice Space, BBD Building, 197 Viphavadi Rangsit, 02-261-3883. B1,200-1,500.

Nightlife: Claptone

A world renowned DJ takes over the deck for a night spinning the electronic dance beat along with Elektro Delikatessen and a special guest. Grab tickets at www.ticketmelon.com/event/claptone.

Dec 2, 7pm. Horizons, 19/F, ZEN World, 4, 4/5 Rajadamri Rd. B890.

 

Concert: Japanese Breakfast

Gig promoter Have You Heard? brings solo indie rock musician Michelle Zauner better known as Japanese Breakfast to perform for the first time here. Tickets available at www.ticketmelon.com/event/jbbkk.

Dec 4, 7:30pm. Roackademy, 120/8 Sukhumvit Soi 26. B1,100.

Concert: Hive Fest x 88Rising

The hip-hop collective 88 Rising featuring Rich Chigga, Higher Brothers and Joji take over the stage. Grab tickets at bit.ly/2jjdDKy.

Dec 6, 7pm. Muang Thai GMM Live House, 8/F, Central World, Ratchadamri Rd. B2,000.

Music Festival: Woo Fest

This urban music performance is headlined by American artist Tyga, known for his singles “Rack City” and “Faded,” and includes a supporting cast of Pegboard Nerds, DeeJay RayRay and MYRNE. Tickets available at www.ticketmelon.com/event/woofest.

Dec 7, 7pm. Voice Space, 197 BBD Building Viphavadi Rangsit Rd. B1,990-2,900.

Nightlife: Dark Bar on Tour

The return of Ekkamai's underground bar comes in pop-up party form with DJ sets from Mela and Sunju Hargun. Tickets TBA.

Nineteens Up, Silom Soi 19, 096-649-6919.

 

Music Festival: 808 Festival

Expect some serious EDM at this two-day festival. Each day includes international artists Above & Beyond, Amelie Lens, Anotr, Axwell, Boombox Cartel, DVBSS, Flostradamus, Ghastly, Gryffin, Justin Oh, Kayzo, Sam Pagini, Slander, Timmy Trumpet and Vini Vici. Grab tickets at www.808festival.net

Dec 9-10, 3pm. Oasis Arena@Show DC, Rama 9 Rd. B2,654.

 

Concert: Shawn Mendes

The Canadian singer and songwriter makes his Bangkok debut as part of his world tour to promote his second album Illuminate, which includes hits like "Mercy" and "Treat You Better." 

Dec 11, 6pm. Impact Arena, Muang Thong Thani, 99 Popular Rd., 02-833-4455. B2,000-5,000.

Music Festival: Wonderfruit

A festival of food, live music, art and wellness with headliners like Canadian techno music producer/DJ Richie Hawtin, English rapper Roots Manuva, American funk trio Khruangbin, English soul-pop singer Izzy Bizu, and the psychedelic local group Khun Narin's Electric Phin Band. Grab tickets at www.wonderfruitfestival.com

Dec 14-17. Siam Country Club, Pattaya, Chonburi. B4,500-B6,000.

Art: Beautiful Bangkok

Limelight, a group of Hungarian artists whose complex 3D projection mapping artworks have lit up iconic buildings from Portugal to the UAE, have announced their latest project in Bangkok. The artists took top place at iMapp 2016, considered the biggest international video mapping competition in the world, and will here take over Ratchaprasong’s 60-story Magnolias Ratchadamri Boulevard building with their work titled “Beautiful Bangkok.”

Dec 14-31. Magnolias Ratchadamri Boulevard, Ratchadamri Rd. Free.

Film: Apichatpong Weekend

Alliance Francaise de Bangkok hosts a screening selections of Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s short films and his selection of French films followed by a discussion on the topic of “The Figuration and Modality of the Ghostly Figures in Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s movies” with Apichatpong himself. For more details, visit bit.ly/2AnDGIj.

Dec 15-17. Alliance Française de Bangkok, 179 Witthayu road, 02-670-4200. B60 for members and B120 for non-members.

Gig: I Wanna: The Release Party

Bangkok grunge-rock band Penny Time throws a party for their latest single featuring fellow indie artists Diaries and Phum Viphurit.

Dec 16, 8pm. De Commune, 1/F, Liberty Plaza, Sukhumvit Soi 55 (Thonglor), 061-717-4365. Free.

Market: Winter Market Fest #5

Sansiri's fairylight-strewn market returns  with gifts, clothing, food and much festive spirit. Look out for live music from Season Five, Lipta and Sqweez Animal, and an art installation called “Light&Sound” by local artist Kob B.O.R.E.D. For further details visit bit.ly/2hRlB0t.

 

Dec 16. T77 Community, Sukhumvit Soi 77.

Kodindy

The 13th edition of the local indie music festival welcomes Hugo, The Note, Ugoslabier and Stylish Nonsense. True to its indie vibe, the festival includes an outdoor market of over 300 shops with wares both music related and not. Tickets available at bit.ly/2iAlXps with B50 of each purchase goes to the charity project of Bodyslam’s front man.

Dec 16, 12pm. The Walk Kaset-Nawamin, Pradit Manudharm Rd.

TedxCharoenkrung

A talk will be hosted by 10 artists and influencers centered on Bangkok’s emerging creative community in Charoenkrung. Contributing speakers include Vichit Saiklao from Chit Beer, Dujdo Wattanapakorn from B-floor Theater and Atinut Tantiwat from Atta Gallery. Grab tickets at bit.ly/2jtrP7b.

Dec 17, 11:30am-9:30pm. Warehouse 30, Charoenkrung Soi 30. B1,500.

Mela at De Commune

The techno collective featuring DJs Kova O’ Sarin and Krit Morton take over the decks at the all-new live music venue.

Dec 22, 9pm. De Commune, 1/F, Liberty Plaza, Sukhumvit Soi 55 (Thonglor), 061-717-4365. B200.

Festival: Thai Dance Music Festival

A music festival with a distinctly Isaan vibe headlined by The Paradise Bangkok Molam International, Srirajah Rockers and Rasmee Isan Soul.

Dec 23, Fortune Town, 1,3,5,7 Ratchadaphisek Rd. B700.

Festival: White Party

The massive white-themed party, which claims to be Asia's biggest gay New Year festival, returns to celebrate the end of the 2017 with electronic dance music. Tickets available at bit.ly/2AiPzBp.

Dec 28-31, 7pm. Central World, 999/9 Rama 1 Rd. B7,000-9,000.

Merchandise Dayyyyy Yeah! Yeah! 2

The people behind Noise Market present two days of art and crafts from local indie artists and designers, along with live music.

Dec 29-30, 11am. BACC, 939 Rama 1 Rd.

Stay tuned to BK Magazine for more information on New Year's Eve Parties in Bangkok as they're announced.
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