Welcome to Guru 's Gate Crasher, your ultimate guide to finding something fresh to do in this big city.
The Lush charity crew are at it again tonight (Jul 26) with Bangkok's Green Night Out. It's the usual and huge spread of DJs, booze and glam, all for a cause. The Shark Fin Free Campaign will receive 30 per cent of all the net profits. Tickets are B450 (www.amiando.com/lush-soi11) if you're quick and get in before 2pm today, or B600 on the door; both include two drinks before 10:30pm, one after. Party is spread over two venues - Q Bar and Nest Rooftop Lounge (both Sukhumvit Soi 11) - which might fracture it a bit but no more than the elevators did at the last bash. Should be a decent turn out either way.
To mix the social with the creative, try opening of exhibition Everyday Portrait: Exhibition Description tonight (Jul 26). Photos are the work of Oat-Chaiyasith who captures the life, society and culture around him and us all every day of our lives. For the party, Katsue Band will perform live. Entry is free but dress to impress. Start time is 8:30pm. Venue is W Bangkok (106 Sathon Nua, 02-344-4000). Art will be up through Aug 9.
Also on tonight (Jul 26) is a dance floor buster as the With Love party crew emerge from their mini rainy season hiatus. It means they will be hungry for a big night out, and have booked James What for the eve, that's what. Who, what? Whatever. Should be good. Venue is their usual bunker at Glow. Entry is B400, with a drink. Go for a midnight arrival.
Guru speaks to James What on the cusp of his Glow gig tonight:
WHAT TRACK GOT YOU INTO DJING?
I started out playing instruments in bands and recording them and progressively moved to producing electronic music and playing it live. Collecting music along the way, DJing was natural progression.
FIVE WORDS TO DESCRIBE YOUR SOUND?
Deep. Tech. House. Soul. Psychedelic.
IS THE LONDON SCENE GETTING STALE?
No, I wouldn't say it's getting stale, but it definitely was much more exciting a few years ago. We have lost a lot of good medium sized venues in the past five years. But there are still great parties happening all the time.
WHERE IS THE MUSIC HOTSPOT OF THE WORLD RIGHT NOW?
I guess it's Berlin, but in my heart it's London.
BEST DJING MOMENT?
Playing the Robot Heart on Saturday night at Burning Man last year.
For a rocky start to the week, try Killswitch Engage on Mon (Jul 29). Brought to town by Indy Pop Concerts, the US metalcore group have been around for about a decade. Leave the glitter at home for this one. Tickets are B1,500 and limited to 1,000 in number. Unsighted venue is Hollywood Awards Bangkok (72/1 Ratchada Soi 8, 02-246-4311, www.hollywoodbangkok.com). Let's see if they can fill it on a Monday.
Tue (Jul 30) also sees the launch of Nic Dunlop's book Brave New Burma. The evening will feature a presentation of slides by Nic himself as well as the usual chat and Q&A. It's a book riding the wave of Thailand's most topical neighbour that was 20 years in the making. Go see what Nic has to say on the topic. Venue is FCCT (P/F, Maneeya Centre, 518/5 Phloenchit Road, 02-652-0580, www.fccthai.com); at 8pm. Free entry.
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- Writer: Richard Mcleish