Made by Legacy
Moving the market to the sixth floor of Central Embassy was a bold choice for this vintage market pioneer, and we have to say we’re pretty glad to see it return to the original open-air venue, right next to Hua Lamphong station.
Jan 9-10, Hua Lamphong, State Railway of Thailand, 1 Rong Muang Rd.
The three-day indie music camping festival was rescheduled from its original date due to problems with the local authorities in Saraburi. Instead, it will be heading back to its original venue in Kanchanaburi for plenty of outdoor music from a total of 56 bands, including the likes of Yellow Fang, Stylish Nonsense and Samurai Loud. Here’s hoping that there are no more last-minute changes this time around. Tickets B1,500 on the door.
Jan 16-17, Baan Khao Yai, Kanchanaburi
After the success of last year’s debut, the massive fire-breathing robotic spider from Glastonbury is heading back to Bangkok, along with huge names in the EDM scene including DJs Kaskade, DVBBs, Blend, Must Die! and Zomboy. Tickets are B2,500-5,000 from Thaiticketmajor.
Jan 23, Lumphini Square, Rama 4 Rd. MRT Lumphini
Two years on from the first edition, this 10-day celebration of underground art returns to take over Bangkok with public wall paintings, art exhibitions, artist talks and animated film screenings from emerging and established artists. This year promises a focus on bizarre, uncanny and surreal art that will spread over Chinatown and the riverside, plus various art spaces around the country. There’s a pretty awesome music festival at Bangkok Docklands to kick everything off on Jan 23, too, with the likes of Spanish psych-pop artist El Guincho and locals Yellow Fang, Apartment Khunpa and Paradise Molam Bangkok.
Jan 23-31, various art spaces around Bangkok
Singha Craft Fest
Some of the biggest names in the Thai music industry take the stage at Airport Link Makkasan, including Apartment Khunpa, Somkiat, Young Man and the Sea, Sesse Mek, Mattnimare, Sundaydrive, the 38 Years Ago, My Life as Ali Thomas, The Parkinson and Greasy Cafe. Tickets are B500 from all 7-Eleven convenience stores.
Jan 30-31, Airport Rail Link, Makkasan Station, Phetchaburi Rd.
Cheeze Carboot Sale
Suffering Wonderfruit withdrawals? Here’s another hippie gathering worth fleeing town for. This time taking place at Mountain Creek Golf Resort and Residences in Nakhon Ratchasrima, the fest features all things vintage, open-air film screenings as well as plenty of camping space. Entry is also free, which is a bonus.
Jan 30-31, Mountain Creek Golf Resort and Residences, Mittraphap Rd., Nakhon Ratchasima, 02-250-7521
The 57-year-old Queen of Pop takes over Impact Arena as part of her Rebel Heart tour. This will be her 10th world tour, which promises to include performances of her all-time greatest hits including “Like a Virgin”, “Material Girl”, “Music”, “Hung Up” and “4 Minutes”. Tickets are B2,000 all the way up to B16,000 from Thaiticketmajor.
Feb 9, Impact Arena Muang Thong Thani, 99 Popular Rd., 02-833-4455
The five-time Grammy Award-winning jazz artist performs tracks from her latest studio album, Wallflower, comprising covers of popular pop and rock hit songs from the ‘60s through to today, including those by Bob Dylan, Elton John and The Eagles. Tickets are B1,500-5,000 from Thaiticketmajor.
Feb 19, Royal Paragon Hall, 5/F, Siam Paragon, Rama 1 Rd., 02-610-8023. BTS Siam
Maya Music Fest
This festival combines traditional Thai art with huge names in the EDM scene including Tiesto, Dash Berlin, Don Diablo, Vicetone, DBSTF and AV21. They’ll be joined by local favorites including the likes of Thaitanium, Potato, Da Endorphine, Big Ass, 25 Hours and Cocktail. Tickets are B2,200-3,600 from all 7-Eleven convenience stores.
Feb 20, Maya Space, Bang Lamung, Chonburi, 085-225-9225
Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants
A Bangkok restaurant won it last time (Gaggan
), so it's only fitting that the regional restaurant awards’ night of nights should take place here in 2016. Details are still a little sketchy but, hey, surely we can outdo Singapore, the host of the past three editions.
Feb 29, venue TBA
The veteran American alt-rock band head to Moonstar Studio to perform tracks including “Black Sun” and “Little Wanderer” as part of the Asian tour promoting their latest studio album, Kintsugi. Of course, fans can also expect to hear all-time favorites such as “I Will Follow You into the dark” and “Soul Meets Body.”
Tickets are B1,800 from Thaiticketmajor.
Mar 3, Moonstar Studio, 701 Lad Phrao Soi 80, 02-539-3881