Saigon Outcast keeps us guessing with a mid-autumn music festival that is “similar to last year’s music festival”. Guess that means it’s going to be awesome. But what it will actually be, we’ll have to wait and see.
On Oct. 12, the American Club will once again play host to Hanoi’s annual music festival. So get those glad rags at the ready for the musical event of the year. Photos provided by CAMA
Lurking just beneath dreamy smiles, the youth of Vietnam has whole worlds inside their heads. And — under the good stewardship of the Youth Culture House — these worlds will have a chance to make themselves known at the Manga Festival later this month. From anime singing competitions to cosplay tournaments to J-pop dance, there will be a lot for these kids to ponder, as they walk around in a world of their own crazy making.
There’s going to be a big party in District 2 on Saturday, Jun. 15. It’s going to be held on an island and there will be at least one industrial-strength foam machine. There will also be over 30 DJs playing music on two different stages from the early afternoon until late at night. The organisers, who are heavy-hitting veterans of the Saigon event promotion scene and know about these things, expect attendance to number in the thousands. Five to be precise. All signs point to the dOSe of Escape Music Festival being one of the biggest, craziest parties in the history of the city. The funny thing is, it would have never happened if it weren’t for complaining neighbours.
Jazz lovers brace yourself. As the festival season gathers apace, so the Southern states of the US are also catered for with cajun cuisine and a smorgasbord of jazz-based and jazz-related acts coming to Q4 on Saturday Jun. 1.
Beerfest Asia is just hitting its stride in its fifth edition, to be held from Jun. 13 to Jun. 16 in Singapore, a four-day festival of the beer lifestyle and the other fun stuff that goes along with it.
Singapore’s absurd spoiled-for-choiceness continues with the Big Wig Music Festival on Apr. 6, a funky jamboree of hip-hop greats such as Pharoahe Monche and The Bizarre Ride with PHARCYDE, turntablism courtesy of the likes of Jazzy Jay and world champ DJ Vajra, local jams from Wicked Aura and the Pushin’On Crew and assorted festival antics in the breakdancing and graffiti realms.
If you frequent certain pubs around football match times, you might be tricked into taking this festival’s name literally. But Q4’s upcoming Loud Minority Festival isn’t about regionalistic boasts — it’s about uniting traditions, drawing attention to some local children’s shelters while they’re at it.
Vol de Nuit (Night Flight) is a novel of Antoine de St-Exupéry — who Tom Wolfe claimed as “a saint in short, true to his name, flying up here at the right hand of God.” The international artists participating in Vol de Nuit’s borderless, interdisciplinary three-week art festival aspire to such levels, or else are rooting about in the cellar of the human condition (one of the organisers is iLL — the institute of Lower Learning).
Justice is headed to Europe after a blip on the Asian radar. Gotye is zigging Tokyo-wards, while some of his Laneway Festival mates are zagging closer to where their festival circuit ends, in New Zealand and Australia. Snoop Dogg is headed straight back to the US, presumably only led so far afield by rumours of Thai sticks, and — oh yeah! — his first Indian tour ever.