Cat Radio has been leading way in supporting indie music here in Thailand for some time now.
When people tell me that radio is dead, I only have to give the numbers behind Cat Radio to prove they are wrong.
– Any original song can be sent to them to be played on their station
– Hundreds of new fans for a band are the result of doing well in their charts
– Thousands of people attend their live music events, interacting with bands via booths and buying merch
Cat Radio’s most recent live music event, Cat Foodival, follows in the footsteps set by their Cat T-Shirt events, which have been a huge success 2 years in a row now.
When people tell me that radio is dead, I only have to give the numbers behind Cat Radio to prove they are wrong
If you’re wondering what these events are all about, picture this. A single stage with a few thousand people watching great live acts outside, and about 100 or more shops inside. And there’s a catch as well! Most of the shops are manned by bands, with a few being from local businesses.
Both Cat Foodival and the recent Cat Three Shirt have been held at the huge, sprawling space that is Airport Link Makasan Station. Cat Foodivaltook place this past Saturday, August 6th and featured almost 100 shops, with an endless amount of food and drink to choose from.
… not only was Cat Foodival fun, but it was also a great opportunity for bands to make money and interact with fans
We went to check it out and thought it was fantastic! Cat Foodival had fewer shops and people than Cat Three Shirt but there was still more food than was ever possible to eat. We also loved the single-stage setup, which really creates a good vibe.
But not only was Cat Foodival fun, but it was also a great opportunity for bands to make money and interact with fans, with some booths like the ones run by Scrubb, Jelly Rocket and Yellow Fang very popular. I felt a bit more creativity was required though than at Cat Three Shirt, with many bands really pulling out all the stops to set up great booths and provide amazing food.
There’s a real community feel to events like this and we applaud Cat Radio for both taking risks and engaging the scene in a really positive way
Music was provided by The Dai Dai, Jelly Rocket, Lemon Soup, Paradox, Moving And Cut, Better Weather, Superbaker, Omni Sight from Japan, Stamp, Sqweez Animal, Yellow Fang, Ten To Twelve and Greasy Cafe – with a special Hip Hop Drum and Bass show headed up by Tun from Apartment Khunpa. This event differed a bit from Cat Three Shirt in how some bigger acts played first, probably to get people in.
There’s a real community feel to events like this and we applaud Cat Radio for both taking risks and engaging the scene in a really positive way.
Next up, Cat Expo!
All image credit to Cat Radio, article by Abner Olivieri