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Four concerts coming despite the political crisis

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If the Thai political situation doesn't scare them away (unlikely, says Bangkok Post's Entertainment editor Onsiri Pravattiyagul), there are four big concerts coming to Bangkok in the next few months. 

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From top left to right: Bruno Mars, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Explosions in the Sky, Taylor Swift

Four big concerts are coming despite the political crisis

If the Thai political situation doesn't scare them away (unlikely, says Bangkok Post's Entertainment editor Onsiri Pravattiyagul), there are four big concerts coming to Bangkok in the next few months.

The first is Bruno Mars whose "Moonshine Jungle Tour" is still on schedule for March 20 at Impact Arena, Muang Thong Thani. His star is definitely on the rise after a triumphant half-time Super Bowl show.

Onsiri is definitely looking forward to this one. "Not only has he churned out one hit after another, Mars is also a consummate performer, skilful multi-instrumentalist and avid dancer who composes music for himself, as well as others," she writes.

Mars, not Bruno, but Thirty Seconds to Mars, performs next on April 5 at Bitec, Bang Na. "Even if you’re not familiar with this award-winning rock outfit," writes Onsiri , "you might remember who Jared Leto is. Yes, it’s actor Jared Leto of Dallas Buyers Club fame. Actors in rock bands are nothing new here, but Leto’s Thirty Seconds to Mars simply does not suck in comparison to other bands with globally famous actors as members."

Onsiri sounds downright enthusiastic about the April 29 concert at Moonstar Studio featuring Explosions in the Sky. "This Texan quartet," she says," induces tears, stirs deep emotions and introduces resolutions on listening. To see Explosions live is also an experience in itself. April will no longer be the cruellest month when the post-rock titans come to town."

Finally, there is Taylor Swift who needs no introduction. She "is set to grace Thailand in June. The country pop princess has been in the news ever since she jumped off her horse, and started penning straight-up love songs for well-documented ex-boyfriends. Swifties, get ready now — you only have four months left!" Taylor Swift sings on June 9 at Impact Arena, Muang Thong Thani.

Tickets for all four concerts are are available at www.thaiticketmajor.com

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Vocabulary:

avid: extremely eager or interested - กระตือรือร้น

churn out: to produce large amounts of something -

comparison: the process of comparing two or more people or things - การเปรียบเทียบ

compose: to produce music, poetry or formal writing - แต่งขึ้น

consummate: showing great skill at doing something - ที่เชี่ยวชาญ, ที่มีความสามารถ

crisis: a situation that has reached and extremely difficult or dangerous point - ช่วงวิกฤต

cruel: deliberately causing pain to other people or animals - ป่าเถื่อน  โหดร้าย

definitely: certain; having no doubts about something - อย่างแน่นอน

document: to record the details of something - บันทึกข้อมูล

downright: completely; extremely - ที่สุด

emotion: strong feeling such as anger or love, or strong feelings in general - อารมณ์

enthusiastic: very interested in something or excited about it - อย่างสนใจ กระตือรือร้น

fame: the state of being famous or very well known - ชื่อเสียง

globally: throughout the world - ทั่วโลก

grace: to make something more attractive, pleasing, or interesting - ทำให้งดงาม

induce: to cause something, especially a mental or physical change - ทำให้เกิด

look forward to: to feel happy and excited about something that is going to happen - รอคอย

moonshine: a strong alcoholic drink that is produced and sold illegally - เหล้าเถื่อน

on the rise: becoming greater, larger, more popular, etc. -

outfit: a group of people working together as an organization, business, team, etc - กลุ่มคน, พวก, ทีม, บริษัทเล็ก

pen: to write something, especially a song or a book - เขียนด้วยปากกา,แต่งหนังสือ,แต่งเพลง

performer: a person who performs for an audience in a show, concert, etc - นักแสดง, ผู้แสดง

quartet: a group of four people or things - กลุ่มที่มีสี่คน, กลุ่มที่มีสี่อย่าง

scare: to make someone feel frightened or worried - ทำให้กลัว

schedule: a list showing the times at which particular events will happen - ตารางเวลา

situation: all the circumstances and things that are happening at a particular time and in a particular place - สถานการณ์

skilful: very good at doing something that involves special ability or training - ซึ่งมีทักษะ

stir: to make people feel strong emotions ปลุก, ก่อ - ปลุก, ก่อ

suck: to be very bad, very annoying etc - แย่มาก (คำสแลง)

tears: drops of water that come from your eyes when you cry or when something (dust, gas, etc.) has entered your eyes - น้ำตา

triumphant: showing great satisfaction or joy about a victory or success, very successful in a way that causes great satisfaction - ที่รู้สึกภาคภูมิจากชัยชนะ

unlikely: not expected to happen; probably won’t happen - ที่ไม่น่าจะเกิดขึ้น

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