Sep 20 : Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
To kick off concert season, they don’t get much bigger than Noel Gallagher, former songwriter, guitarist and vocalist for the legendary British rock band Oasis. Three years after the band’s acrimonious split, Noel is still not on speaking terms with brother and former bandmate Liam. But, not to worry, he will finally return to Bangkok as part of an Asia tour with his High Flying Birds project. Expect a bunch of classic Oasis sing-alongs like “Don’t Look Back in Anger” and “Little by Little” together with newer solo material. Thai crooner Hugo will open.
Where: BITEC Bangna, 88 Bangna-Trad (Km. 1) Rd., 02-749-3939.
Tix: B1,000-3,000 from Thaiticketmajor
Brought to you by: Rock N’ Rolla
Oct 4: Keane
Hot on the heels of the rock n’ roll royalty, another slightly younger Britpop sensation, Keane, will arrive on our shores. Since releasing their first studio album Hopes and Fears (2004), which saw singles “Somewhere Only We Know” and “Everybody’s Changing” become worldwide hits, the band has constantly fought off rumors of a split, while frontman Tom Chaplin also had a stint in a clinic for drink and drug problems. But they’re still kicking around and Bangkokians will be treated to tracks from their fourth album, Strangeland, which came out last year.
Where: Moonstar Studio, 701 Ladprao Soi 80, 02-539-3881.
Tix: B1,800 from www.we-booking.com
Brought to you by: Lullaby Entertainment
Oct 8: Maroon 5
Had enough of Brit-rockers? After bringing us their Jagger-like moves this time last year, American pop-rockers Maroon 5 return to Bangkok in support of their newest album, Overexposed, which contains the hit “One More Night.” But it’s too bad if you don’t already have a ticket—the concert sold out just one week after going on sale. We can only hope that Adam Levine and co. pencil in an annual trip to Thailand.
Where: Impact Arena, 99 Popular Rd., 02-833-4455.
Tix: Sold out
Brought to you by: BEC TERO
Nov 17: Culture One 2012
Thailand’s original outdoor electronic event Culture One Bangkok is set to get even bigger this year in celebration of its 5th Anniversary. The organizers are promising five big stages packed with over 30 Thai and international artists including Dash Berlin (Holland), Sean Tyas (USA), 808 State (UK) and Young Knives (UK). There’s also the curious inclusion of Happy Mondays percussionist/mad dancer Bez, with more still to be announced.
Where: Lakeside BITEC Bangna, 88 Bangna-Trad (Km. 1) Rd., 02-749-3939.
Tix: Early bird tickets are now up for grabs at B1,500 from Café Democ (Silom Plaza) and Dickinson’s Culture Café (Pra Artid Rd.), with this type of ticket requiring you enter the venue before 7pm. Pre-sale tickets are B2,000 from We-booking.com (from Oct 1 onwards) while it will be B2,500 on the door.
Brought to you by: Club Culture