Party with people again at Bangkok’s virtual raves, concerts, book fair and weed fest

Original images: Beam nightclub, Samsung VR
Original images: Beam nightclub, Samsung VR

Stuck at home? Mai pen rai.

The COVID-19 outbreak has most of us feeling pretty isolated, and only so much browsing TikTok and busting wrists for Dalgona coffee can distract us from the sudden absence of people in our lives. 

Fortunately, the internet provides. 

Rave, watch movies, listen to music and get high with the help of some friends with some fun virtual events coming up with a local, Bangkok twist!

So now there’s no reason to be a shut-in, even if you are shut in.

Hear of any other cool virtual haps going down? Let us know. We’ll add more as more fun-worthy events are announced. 

Friday: Non Non Non: Rave at Home 

Two female DJs at the fore of Bangkok’s nightlife scene will go cyber to spin their music – electronic, techno, dub and minimal – directly into your home. At Non Non Non: Rave at Home, DJ Mae Happyair and Wanton Witch will perform online this evening until way after curfew. TGIF, y’all!

When: 5:30pm – late, Aril 3

How: Add on Skype, or connect via Zoom with this number: 398-271-9682.

Saturday: At Home Festival by Fungjai

Free-to-listen music streaming platform Fungjai tomorrow will host a mini concert through social media. Dubbed the At Home Festival, the seven-hour, live event will see Thai musical talents such as alt-pop band Taitosmith, indie rock trio Safeplanet and the ever-gloomy Moving and Cut.

When: 3:30pm – 11pm on April 4.

How: Flick on and stream from Fungjai’s YouTube or Facebook

Saturday: Beam x Melon Live

Thonglor’s infamous dance hall Beam joins hands (metaphorically, thanks to COVID-19) with Ticketmelon for a livestream of Bangkok DJs driving their decks into your living room. Planned as a weekly event, it debuts Saturday night with DJ Noxro, Deejay B, Burton G and Heartbreakkid.

When: 8pm – midnight, April 4, and following Saturdays

How: Fix a drink and visit Ticketmelon. No dress code!

April 20: 420, 2020

Spark up safely at home when cannabis advocacy group Highland takes its annual weed fest online this year. Organizers recently announced the move and said they would  have more details soon. 

“If it’s not because of the pandemic, many cities in the world must be having a wild party right now,” Highland wrote online. “For the 420 event in Thailand this year, we insist that we’ll go on hosting the event, but it will be on an online platform.”

“We wish you all happiness for this unusual 420. Stay at home, smoke weed, save the nation!” they added.

Stay tuned to Highland.

Now: National Book Fair

Kindle cannot replace paper, we feel ya. Thanks to this sucker of a pandemic, the annual national book fair is going virtual for bookworms to shop for their favorite reads online. The much-talked-about and timely Ta Sawang, or Awakening will be available there.

When: Now through Sunday

How: Just click and go wild!

Anytime: Doc Club on Demand

‘Cuz not everything is on Netflix. Cinephiles who want to support filmmakers can opt for Doc Club on Demand which now offers more than 30 films, mostly documentaries, for US$1.99 per show. Some of the highlighted programs are Kedi – a love letter to thousands of cats in Istanbul – and Breaking Habits which centers around gun-slinging nuns who seek to legalize their weed farm in California. If you missed its debut back then, now it’s time to catch Heart Bound, a documentary that examines the phenomenon of Thai women from Isaan who marry guys in Scandinavia.

Doc Club on Demand was launched by Bangkok-based documentary film group Documentary Club. 

When: Anytime

How: Make the best buttery popcorn and go to Doc Club on Demand.

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