We checked out Whiteline’s 4 day Sugar Belly festival, a unique collection of live music events

We checked out Whiteline’s 4 day Sugar Belly festival, a unique collection of live music events

Whiteline has really grown up recently and is becoming a key live music venue in Bangkok. Before it was just a downstairs area on the corner of Silom soi 8, which hosted some crazy evenings. But now it’s a multi-area space and I think it made a lot of sense how people could pay an entry, go upstairs and listen to the live music in air-conditioned comfort – or hang out downstairs for free and enjoy the gallery and great craft beer from Blaney’s.

Whiteline is keeping at the forefront of the scene as well with some interesting takes on events and live music. This weekend it’s hosting the Sugar Belly festival, featuring 4 days in a row of live music, with each day having a different theme and organized differently. I spoke with Joe Delaney who is heading up the effort, and he explained how putting multiple events into one event spreads out the organization with different event organizers on different days, with a lot of different styles of music represented.

 

Whiteline’s 4 day Sugar Belly festival, which is ongoing till Sunday, is an example of innovative takes on live music events that venues and organizers in the scene are exploring. Whiteline has organized multi-day festivals at it’s space before with the 3 day YOMOFO festival in May, and now is hosting Sugar Bellythis week.

 

For example, the first day of the festival titled OmdWtfThisShitRocks Vol 2 was organized by local rock band Degaruda and featured an impressive list of bands – including Degaruda, Lord Liar Boots, Pistols99, Phy and Cana – covering various styles of rock.

The audience was a bit sparse as it was a Thursday night, but those there created a fantastic atmosphere, obviously enjoying the music.

Degaruda started off the evening with an absolutely electrifying performance! I’ve seen this band before and felt I hadn’t experienced them properly, but the solid setup at Whiteline really helped them deliver a perfect performance, which shows why this band is going places.

 

I spoke with Joe Delaney who is heading up the effort, and he explained how putting multiple events into one event spreads out the organization with different event organizers on different days, with a lot of different styles of music represented

 

Next up was Lord Liar Boots. The boy band dressed in female attire and gave a really compelling performance which the crowd loved, with crazy sounds and stage presence. And even though their songs were in Thai, they explained in English their lyrics and the meaning of the songs, engaging the mainly international audience.

Next up, both Pistols99 and Phy had very energetic performances, getting the crowd rocking with their strong rock numbers. It was past midnight when punk/melodic hardcore/metalcore band Cana was up, but quite a few members of the audience stayed and rocked out to some really punchy numbers.

 

It takes guts and risk in order to try new things and we applaud these venues and organizers for their effort

 

Whiteline’s 4 day Sugar Belly festival, which is ongoing till Sunday, is an example of innovative takes on live music events that venues and organizers in the scene are exploring.

Whiteline has organized multi-day festivals at it’s space before with the 3 day YOMOFO festival in May, and now is hosting Sugar Belly this week.

Other interesting takes on live music events include Sound A House and Lake House Music Fest who threw big music themed house parties, mixing the house party feel with quality indie music. The Doomed Oasis Fest turned The Overstay hostel into one big stage with live music on 3 floors and Tiger Jams Showcase turned Khao San Road and a deserted parking building in China Town into concert venues!

It takes guts and risk in order to try new things and we applaud these venues and organizers for their effort.

The Sugar Belly festival isn’t over yet! Check it out and stop by over Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday will feature a folk night organized by Other Roads Records featuring Penny Time, Woot Root, The Pillers, KC Irony, John Will Sail, Clive Pendock, Ryan Holweger and Jacob Contin. And on Sunday Rhubarb & CustTard will be featuring a lot of different bands and genres at the Honey Ball, featuring Srirajah Rockers, John Will Sail, Nathan Lynch, God Hates, Honeycomb, DJ Woken, Fabian “Farbeon” Saucedo, Chalk, The Sangsom Massacre, Dan Burman, GALAGA, DJ Fredrik Funk, DJ Toru, GAMNAD 737, U-key and HexThree.

Find out more here about Sugar Belly here:
https://www.facebook.com/events/596547540506738

 

 

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