Glastonbury of The East: All About Maho Rasop Festival
International festivals are springing up across the entire world, from Burning Man in California to the everlasting Glastonbury in England. Now a group of promoters have banded together to bring the first international music festival to Bangkok, the Maho Rasop Festival.
The Maho Rasop festival has been pulled together thanks to 3 major players in Thailand’s indie music scene. Indie festivals have been big business across Europe and the west but few have graced Asian shores. Until now, that is.
This huge one day party is the brainchild of two gig promoters, Seen Scene Space and Have You Heard? They are two of the busiest promoters in Bangkok putting on endless shows across the capital between them. If you’ve been part of the Bangkok indie scene then you may have already been to one of their gigs.
Seen Scene Space have been responsible for bringing post-rock acts such as Mono, The Fin and by the end of September 2018, This Will Destroy You. The other promoter, Have You Heard?, will be bringing a summer of gigs to Bangkok featuring Anderson, Paak and Mac DeMarco. They have already delivered an amazing set of concerts by Devendra Banhart and Suuns.
The final part of the trio that will be delivering Maho Rasop are those behind the streaming service Fungjai. Since launching their own streaming service for music in 2015, Fungjai have been representing and championing indie music. They’ve been sharing the latest news, dropping countless reviews and interviewing those involved in the scene. They already have some experience in the gig world having put on they own concerts too.
The organisers have set the date of the festival for November 17 2018. This means that if you’re heading to Thailand for a fall break you’ll be there for it! They promise to have more than 15 bands from Thailand and overseas with multiple stages.
They launched ticket sales with what was known as a blind sale. The blind sale got its name from the fact that nothing other than the date has been announced yet. There are no details on the bands, no lineups, not even a venue! These tickets (200 to be precise) have completely sold out and were priced at 1990 baht each. This isn’t a bad price for a festival and would get you entry for the whole day.
Consider yourself a trail blazer. If and when this festival blows up you’ll have been one of the first attendees. Now that’s something to share over a beer at the hostel bar.
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Keep track of everything to do with the festival via their Facebook page. You can find it here. By keeping an eye on this page you’ll be able to grab tickets if you’re interested, see the line ups and learn more as this new festival begins to come of age.