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And the festival season is under way, which means that the Kolour Sundays crew are emerging from hibernation. Good news. On Sun (Nov 25), they will host their one-year anniversary. But there are a host of parties both indoor and outdoor to get to as well. Just try and get that overdue work done before the end of the month. Just try.

PARTY

Kolour Sundays (facebook.com/wearekolour) will host their 1-Year Anniversary Festival on Sun (Nov 25), which should be a riot. The venue is Flow House Bangkok (A Square, Sukhumvit Soi 26, 02-108-5210), meaning a breezy beach vibe. Founder and co-host Coran Maloney talks to Guru on the cusp of the much-hyped Kolour birthday bash:

HOW DID KOLOUR SUNDAYS GET OFF THE GROUND?

We were first motivated to host a sunset party in Bangkok because we wanted to enjoy a Sunday session with like-minded people. Our party policy is still the same, even after four events - we combine music we want to hear, happy party people, quality food and brilliant sunshine right in the heart of Bangkok at a cool venue. I'm so excited to be here in Bangkok and watch the scene slowly grow and be part of it.

HOW IS KOLOUR DIFFERENT TO OTHER EVENTS?

Our whole idea all along has been to drop something on the Bangkok party scene that nobody else was doing. With so many sunsets in this city, it was a no-brainer. We always try to host parties in unique locations/atmosphere too, just to keep things fresh. And we always book DJs we want to hear. It's a simple formula that works.

YOU SEEM TO BE CHANGING VENUES A LOT...

Yes, sure! New venues equal new experiences for our crowd. We have a great fan base and we want to keep showing them more amazing parts of the city. That way, Kolour can become a party event for not only Bangkok but all of Asia. We are thinking big!

WHAT KIND OF CROWD DOES KOLOUR ATTRACT?

We have an almost even split between expats and Thais with their finger on the party pulse. It's basically a mix of anyone who wants to party and try something new in a scene that can get stale pretty quick.

WHAT IS IN STORE FOR THIS PARTY?

Being our anniversary, this Kolour party will definitely be our biggest effort yet. Our beachy venue is perfect to take in the afternoon sun. It's going to be almost completely outdoor and no one has done anything at Flow House so far. Our music will feature the very best acts from the last four events and our main stage will be massive. One notable thing will be the upgrade in our sound-system, which will be three times the size. We are going all out to have the best quality sound and atmosphere. It should be a blast. See you down there for some Kolour.

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The Vacancy crew (facebook.com/vacancybkk) are hosting another of their low-key self-titled nights at Shades of Retro (808/12 Soi Thara Rom 2, Sukhumvit Soi 55, 02-174-9450, shadesofretro.tumblr.com) on Sat (Nov 24). It's a great option for a drink after a meal in Thong Lor. Entry is free, and so is the popcorn. Mojitos are the house specialty. Music starts at 9pm.

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Also on Sat (Nov 24), the Duck & Noodle crew (facebook.com/duckandnoodle) are hosting another of their bashes that are gaining momentum. Titled Boat Party, this one is back on the Chao Phraya (Charoen Krung Soi 80) at the docked vessel. There will be two decks of entertainment, with bands upstairs and DJs below the deck. Entry is B300 pre-sale (check FB), or B400 at the door, or plank or whatever.

LIVE MUSIC

To break up the DJ music stampede over the week is cult Korean horse-imitator Psy. He will perform at Gangnam Style Thailand Extra Live on Wed (Nov 28), with support from local lads Joey Boy and DJ Spydamonkee. Venue is SCG Stadium (Muang Thong Thani, Chaeng Watthana Road). Concert begins at 7:30pm. Ticketing is weird, as you can't directly buy them yourself. Check with the sponsors. For info, Google the concert name.

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On Sat (Nov 24) as well, Berlin Beats (facebook.com/berlinbeatsbkk) are hosting Ich Bin Ein Berliner, milking their electro ancestry even more. And why not? Berlin is still the home of the best electro, as proved by Dave Vega last week at With Love. This DJ line up includes two good additions from Berlin's neighbour, Japan (?). It's on at Glow (96/4-5 Sukhumvit Soi 23, 02-261-4446, glowbkk.com). Entry is B300 before midnight, or B400; with a drink.

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