When you're not busy getting soaked for Songkran, April is chock-a-block with art, live music and comedy.

John Mayer

The American guitar virtuoso and smooth-rock crooner turned social-media maverick will march into town armed with a promise to play “two sets of music with more songs in rotation than ever before.”

April 3. Impact Arena, Exhibition and Convention Center, Muang Thong Thani Popular 3 Rd. From B2,000 on Thaiticketmajor

 

NIGHTLIFE: Mendy Indigo & Friends

Smirnoff We’re Open promotes gender equality with a night of female DJs. 

Apr 3, 9pm. Sing Sing Theater, Sukhumvit Soi 45, 063-225-1331. B250, includes one drink.
 

ART: The Light Of Day Exhibition

Thai painter Uthis Haemamool explores personal space and private everyday activities through light and shadow.

Apr 4-May 20, 11am-10pm. The Jam Factory, 41/1-5 Charoen Nakhon Rd. Free.

 

Wild Nothing

 

LIVE MUSIC: Summer Sessions

Indie gig organizer Medium Rare is hosting a series of six gigs, titled Summer Sessions. New Zealand's Connan Mockasin will kick things off on Apr 5, followed by the dreamy "internet artist" Mellow Fellow and London-based pop band Still Corners on Apr 11. Next, American dream-pop darlings Wild Nothing will return to Bangkok for the second time on Apr 17. Moving on to May 17, 20-year-old American rapper Jimothy will take the stage before Norwegian indie pop extraordinaire Jakob Ogawa closes the summer of indie love on May 22.

Apr 5-May 22. Noma BKK, 21/66 RCA Block C, 092-264-7957. Early-bird tickets B990/general B1,290/ combo tickets B2,590 here.

 

LIVE MUSIC: Phum Viphurit x Whal & Dolph

After selling-out gigs across the US, Europe and Asia last year, emerging Thai artist Phum Viphurit is returning to home soil, joined by Thai duo Whal & Dolph. Phum released his first album in 2017, making a name for himself with hits like “Adore,” “Strangers In A Dream,” “Trial and Error” and his latest single “Lover Boy.” Whal & Dolph came to the spotlight last year when they received The Guitar Mag award for New Wave Of the Year 2019. 

Apr 5, 8:30pm. Hard Rock Cafe, Rama 1 Rd., 02-658-4090. Ticketing packages start at B2,500 for six people, includes a bottle of Bacardi Rum or Dewar’s 12 Years.

 

COMEDY: Magner’s International Comedy Festival

Kicking off in Pattaya on Apr 4, before heading to Bangkok for the Festival Gala the following day, this comedy festival promises laughs courtesy of names like Phil Nichol and Dana Alexander.

Apr 5, 8pm. Westin Grande Sukhumvit Hotel, 259 Sukhumvit Rd., 02-207-8000. B600 via Ticketflap or B900 on the door.

 

SCREENING: Ex Libris: The New York Public Library (Film + Talk)

A screening of a FIPRESCI Award-winning documentary that delves behind the scenes at New York Public Library, followed by a talk by Thai graphic designer and Matichon columnist Pracha Suweeranon.

Apr 5, 4pm. Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC), 939 Rama I Rd., 02-214-6630. B100.

 

NIGHTLIFE: Safe Room Anniversary: Man Power

Our favorite Silom nightclub celebrates its third birthday with enigmatic British DJ Man Power (Geoff Kirkwood), supported by Sunju Hargun and Elaheh.

Apr 4, 9pm. Safe Room, 2/F, Whiteline, Silom Soi 8, 087-061-1117. Free.

 

NIGHTLIFE: PhatFunk Drum&Bass ft. ANT TC1

Bangkok’s original drum ‘n’ bass party welcomes a British DJ and music producer, with support from Thaistick and PhatFunk resident DJs Azek and DeLorean.

Apr 5, 9pm. De Commune, 1/F, Liberty Plaza, Sukhumvit Soi 55 (Thonglor), 088-419-7380. B300.

 

LIVE MUSIC: Big Day Coming

Another night of eclectic sounds featuring six local bands: Yellow Fang (indie rock); Hariguem Zaboy (nose rock); Little Fox (indie folk); Folk9 (dream pop); Bobkat (trash punk) and Dogwhine (experimental rock).

Apr 6, 5pm. De Commune, 1/F, Liberty Plaza, Sukhumvit Soi 55 (Thonglor), 088-419-7380. B350.

 

NIGHTLIFE: Westin Pool Party - Pre-Songkran Edition

Gear up for Songkran at this pool party, with techno beats from local DJs.

Apr 6, 1-9pm The Westin Grande Sukhumvit, 259 Sukhumvit Rd, 02-207-8000. B400.

 

ART: Gravity of Missing You

Local artist Bonalisa Smile explores the powerful feeling of missing someone through illustration art.

Apr 6-24, 10am-7pm. 10mL Cafe Gallery, 65/21 Vibhavadi Rangsit Soi 16/6, 089-465-6915. Free.

 

LIVE MUSIC: Thundercat

Funk, soul and jazz extraordinaire Stephen Lee Bruner, AKA Thundercat, will bring his contemporary R&B and soulful vibes as part of his world tour in support of his 2017 album, Drunk.

Apr 9. Live Arena, 23/92-94 RCA Rd., 098-974-6974. From B1,600 via Ticketmelon.

ART: Tian Tian Xiang Shang

A showcase of white Chinese dolls that have been painted and transformed by Thai activists, politicians and artists to represent things that they believe in.

Through Apr 12, 10am-9pm. Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC), 939 Rama 1 Rd., 02-214-6630. Free.

 


S2O Festival

You can always reply on S2O to pull out all the stops and this year is no exception. Boasting their biggest line-up to date, the fifth edition will be headlined by world-renowned electronic music producer and DJ Fatboy Slim; Dutch DJ-record producer Tiesto; and American electronic house DJ Steve Aoki, along with German house producer Robin Schulz, electronic/dance duo Cat Dealers and 22-year-old Australian DJ Throttle. Expect plenty of water jets and laser beams over the three-day period, too. 

Apr 13-15. Live Park Rama 9. B2,000 for one day at www.s2ofestival.com.

 

For a full lineup of Songkran events, check out our dedicated guide here.


NIGHTLIFE: TOKiMONSTA

Following a 2019 Grammy nomination for her album Lune Rouge, the LA-based DJ-slash-producer, Jennifer Lee, will fill the dancefloor of our favorite club with electronica.

Apr 20, 9pm. Beam, 1/F, 72 Courtyard, Sukhumvit Soi 55 (Thonglor), 02-392-7750. B300-500 via Ticketmelon.

 

COMEDY: Tom Green Thailand Tour

As part of Magners International Comedy Festival, Hollywood actor and comedian Tom Green will be making his Asia debut, visiting Bangkok before he makes his way to Phuket on Apr 22.

Apr 20, 8:30pm. Lancaster Bangkok, 1777 New Petchburi Rd., 02-262-8000. B1,500 GA/ B2,200 VIP via Ticketflap.

 

FESTIVAL: Thailand 420

In the wake of Thailand’s medical cannabis legalization, celebrate the biggest day of the year for smokers when Highland will be throwing their fifth annual event, this year offering free entry.

Kingdom of Art and Music, Rom Klao Rd., 093-635-2939

 

NIGHTLIFE: This is Jamaica 86' ft Tippa Irie

South London reggae legend Tippa Irie leads a night of '80s reggae and dancehall with support from U-KEY (JP ) and Olbi Iyah (UK).

Apr 20, 9pm. Studio Lam, Sukhumvit Soi 51, 02-261-6661. B300-400.

 

From Monet to Kandinsky. Visions Alive

This huge multimedia exhibition promises a riveting, immersive experience featuring state-of-the-art HD projection, animation and striking surround sound, featuring the works of 16 prolific artists including Degas, Modigliani, Mondrian, Monet, Rousseau, Renoir, Kandinsky and van Gogh to name a few. More than 1,500 pieces will be brought to life in a grand display alongside talks by scholars of European art, supported by the European Union, as well as the opportunity to try your own hand at painting while sipping on wine. 

Apr 26-Jun 16. 2/F, RCB Galleria, River City Bangkok, 23 Charoenkrung Soi 24. Early-bird tickets B300 via Zipevent/ regular B350/ children B200. 

 

NIGHTLIFE: Digitalism

The German electronic music duo known for hits like “Pogo” and “Infinity” perform in Bangkok for the first time.

Apr 27, 7pm. Beam, 1/F, 72 Courtyard, Sukhumvit Soi 55 (Thonglor), 02-392-7750. Tickets TBA.

 

LIVE MUSIC: Ed Sheeran

The multi-platinum award winning English singer-songwriter will return to woo Bangkok with sweet hits like “Perfect,” “Shape Of You” and “Photograph.”

Apr 28. Rajamangala National Stadium, 286 Ramkhamhaeng Soi 24, Yaek 18. B2,000-6,000 via Thaiticketmajor.

 

ART: Time Fine Art Exhibition

How do you define time? Nine artists answer this question through fine art.

Through Apr 30, 6-9pm. 333Gallery, 23 Trok Rongnamkaeng, Yotha Rd., 081-845-1371. Free.