Very Fest: Thailand’s new outdoor music festival features The Kooks and The Marias in its line-up

The Kooks (left) and The Marias. Both are confirmed to perform at Bangkok’s Very Fest in November.
The Kooks (left) and The Marias. Both are confirmed to perform at Bangkok’s Very Fest in November.
Update Nov. 12: Organizers just announced late Tuesday afternoon that headlining act The Kooks have dropped out of Very Festival, one of two music fests going off this weekend along with the Maho Rasop Festival.

Music fans have plenty to look forward to at the end of this year when the cooler months approach and international bands take the stage at outdoor festivals.

Apart from Wonderfruit and Maho Rasop, Thailand will be welcoming a brand new outdoor music festival: Very Fest. One of its headliners is The Kooks, Brighton indie rockers who will appear on a Bangkok stage for the first time ever. 

Today, festival organizer Very Radio officially announced another act joining the line-up: The Marias. The Los Angeles-based quintet is recognized for combining psychedelic soul together with dream pop, jazz, Latin music, and more. 

Among the 20 acts on the two-day event, English alt-rock outfit Nothing But Thieves and Australian reggae fusion group Sticky Fingers will return to Bangkok after making appearances just last year. Plus, Parisian multi-instrumentalist FKJ (French Kiwi Juice) will bring to the fest everything from jazz, funk, and soul to electronic and hip-hop, while French six-piece Tahiti 80 will play their brand of indie pop.

Local bands confirmed to play at the festival so far are indie folk rockers My Life as Ali Thomas, who are among the few Thai performers that made it to SXSW Festival earlier this year, as well as Telex Telexs, Safeplanet, and Whal & Dolph.

Very Festival 2019 will run on November 16 and November 17 at Show DC Arena on Rama IX Road, which can accommodate up to 90,000 people. The two-day pass is currently available online at THB3,600 (US$116). 

However, thanks to the rise of music festivals in Thailand, it seems Very Festival and Maho Rasop will run on the exact same dates. Taking place after a successful edition last year, Maho Rasop will feature famous indie artists such as Bombay Bicycle Club, Swim Deep, and The Drums. So Bangkok music fans can either make the tough decision of choosing one over the other, or attempt to check out both festivals (since the distance between the two is just 4km.)



Very Festival 2019
November 16 – November 17
Show DC Arena
Rama IX Road
MRT: Phetchaburi
ARL: Makkasan

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