Bangkok’s music tribes gather for the return of Maho Rasop (Photos)

Matt Maltese opening Day 2 at Maho Rasop Festival’s Maholan stage. Photo: Nicky Tanskul / Coconuts
Matt Maltese opening Day 2 at Maho Rasop Festival’s Maholan stage. Photo: Nicky Tanskul / Coconuts

Cheers and singalongs met Last Dinosaurs’ upbeat, beachy guitars as they closed out the second day of this year’s Maho Rasop music festival yesterday. It was the third time the Australian group had played in Bangkok and their enthusiastic audience responded with jubilation when the four-member group told them “Rao rak prathet Thai” (“We love Thailand”).

Taking place Saturday and Sunday, the third edition of the Maho Rasop independent music festival featured a wide array of musical performances, from the mosh pit-inducing noise of Crack Cloud to the intimate indie pop of Matt Maltese to the sleek, jazzy, funky grooves of Yussef Dayes 

The second night also saw many people set up folding chairs and mats at the Maholan stage to listen to the droning guitars and emotive performances by all four members of Japanese post-rock band Mono, which left many  staring in awed silence.

In a first for the festival, dozens of people went behind the DJ booth on the Rim Daeng stage in hope of appearing on the Boiler Room’s popular streaming broadcast. From Asa Moto’s quality cuts that made the crowd feel sexy and ecstatic to hard-and-fast Marmosets whipping dancers into a frenzy, it was hard to sit down.

The first day was no different. Whether it was going on a visual, psychedelic trip with Mild High Club, jumping to Lucky Girl and being charmed by the antics of Fazerdaze, or getting moody with the desolate dreamy guitars and mumblings of Diiv, or witnessing the wild, out-of-this-world, sound and image experimentations of Cornelius; there was definitely a lot going on.

Despite some complaints about the move to distant Rangsit, muddy grass, pricey beer, and a less mainstream lineup than in previous years, the festival remained impressive. Its production and stage design remained impeccable and the crowd certainly seemed grateful to see the return of a massive music festival to Bangkok after weathering the COVID storm.

Check out photos and highlights from the festival below.

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All photos courtesy of Maho Rasop Festival.

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