December has landed. Pepito’s aisles are bedecked with tinsel, Michael Bublé’s Christmas album is on loop, and the annual NYE party showdown between all the island’s beach clubs is on.
We’re already halfway through the month, but there are still a heap of December events to get excited about — here are the highlights, in one handy guide. We’ll update this list with more great events as they get announced, so watch this space for news. Or, check out our new Coconuts Bali Directory to browse event and venue listings in the city.
ARTS & CULTURE
If you like offbeat art installations, this might be worth a look. César is a Canggu-based artist who makes large-scale, geometry-inspired sculptures from wire, thread, canvas and fiberglass, among a bunch of other materials. His art pieces will be on show from 7pm at Metis’ art space, with electronic background sounds by Ben Burgess.
HMD is the “queer party for everyone” that started in a London gay club called The Eagle back in 2004. These days, they are a DJ collective that tours the world. They’re fun af, playful, and light-hearted — we appreciate their refreshingly un-serious spin on disco. This’ll be the third time they’ve played Potato Head and entry is IDR150k (US$10.36). The doors open at 4pm, but don’t expect to see the headline act until after 8pm.
22 Ready to Gou
Peggy Gou, it girl DJ from Korea, is back in Bali again. She’s played in front of the Potato Head crowd loads of times, with her bouncy electro tracks and powerful stage presence. On the night of the party, Potato Head will also be launching a limited-run Peggy Gou x Potato Head Hawaiian shirt, co-designed by Gou.
As usual, we’ve got a ton of parties going on this NYE, but it looks as if Finns has managed to pull in some pretty big names for its festive blowout. If feel-good house music is your thing, then this one just might suit: Ibiza old hand Roger Sanchez will be there, as will Parisian DJ Martin Solveig, and Robin Schulz, the German DJ who made it big with that remix of Waves by Mr. Probz.
31—1 Jan Cola Fest, NYE fiesta and NYD pool party
The Motel Mexicola people are co-hosting a two-day NYE party with their new venue, Tropicola, a 1980s-inspired beach club at the bottom end of Jl. Batu Belig. The festival will kick off in Mexicola with six hours of free-flow Mexican food, margaritas, and live DJ beats from 7pm to 1am. If that doesn’t finish you off, day two sees the party move to Tropicola for a full day of sunbaking and hair-of-the-dog … -ing. Anyway, all-inclusive tickets are priced at IDR2.5 million (US$172.34) for both days, or you can buy a day ticket for either event for IDR1.5 million (US$143.41).
We like the sound of this combination chef’s dinner and photo exhibition at Som Chai, the latest eatery in “street food chef” Will Meyrick’s Bali restaurant empire. Alongside Sarong chef Ben MacRae, Meyrick will be cooking up a six-course tasting menu of Thai fare that’s inspired by the go-to recipes of the Thailand’s hill tribes.
Adding to it all, Meyrick’s travel companion to Thailand and Vietnam was photographer David Metcalf, who specializes in portraiture of indigenous peoples. Metcalf snapped more than a dozen colorful personalities during the trip, and those photographs will be on display and for sale during the dinner, with a percentage of profits from both the dinner and portrait sales going towards Handep Haruei, an agriculture-based social enterprise that produces, preserves, and creates added value for locally-grown and forest-based produce.
This one might be a little left of center, but it sounds interesting. Soulshine, the modern-tropical look yoga retreat in Ubud, is hosting an acoustic artist called Trevor Hall as part of a week-long conscious music and yoga program. Hall has toured the world for music and played with artists like Jimmy Cliff, Xavier Rudd, and Steel Pulse. His music is described as a blend of roots, folk, and Eastern Mysticism. Tickets for the evening show are priced at US$50 with 10 percent of the proceeds going to Bali Street Kids Project. Oh, and they’re also throwing in a vegetarian Christmas dinner. Sweet.
La Laguna, the boho beach club in Berawa, is hosting a Christmas edition of their weekly “gypsy” market. They’ll be throwing in a few Christmas-themed goodies to add to their regular selections of eco-friendly island products (organic jam, homemade kombucha, hippy jewelry, etc.) Catch it on Saturday, Dec. 22, and Sunday, Dec. 23, from 4pm onwards.