• Entertainment, #Relatable Tweets Topped Thailand’s Twitter in 2019

    BANGKOK — If you were an active Thai Twitter user in 2019, you already know who Bambam, Peck, and Lisa are, so this article is a non-news for you.

    For the Thai Twitterverse-uninitiated, Thais used Twitter in 2019 to talk about their favorite artists, both local and Korean. They also like to share beautiful photos of nature, discuss personal experiences, follow along with current events, and trade beauty tips, according to stats released by Twitter’s Thailand PR team, Infinity Communications on Tuesday.

    The most liked tweet of the entire year was by Kunpimook Bhuwakul, better known as BamBam of Got7 K-pop band, and showed a photo of his fans lighting up the Impact Muang Thong Thani stadium during the Kcon 2019 concert on Sept. 28. The tweet currently has more than 155,000 likes.

    A photo of an April sunset, looking like three images Photoshopped together posted by @nnxnknxe was the top-retweeted tweet of the year, with more than 133,800 retweets.

    The tweet that prompted the most discussion was by @TheSmilingHut and asked, “What was your most memorable culture shock upon moving overseas?”

    Some of the replies included copious “thank yous” in the US, saying hello to the bus driver in New Zealand, movie theater intermissions in India, and Rwanda’s plastic bag ban.

    All top 10 most-used hashtags were about entertainment, with four of the top about Thai singers: Palitchoke “Peck” Ayanaputra, known as#PeckPalitchoke, BamBam , Lalisa Manoban or Lisa Blackpink, and BNK48.

    Also making the list was #OffGun for the “Off Gun Fun Night” TV show, #SingtoPrachaya for the actor Prachaya Ruangroj, #KristPerawat for the actor Perawat Sangpotirat, and Cherprang Areekul of BNK48.

    Bambam, Peck, and Krist were Perawat were also the top three most tweeted-about entertainment accounts in Thailand.

    The most tweeted-about accounts overall, however, were not stars: top three spots @Sfkkfs_, @Suzu17, and @Yoxrgravity tweeted wide-ranging tweets about K-pop, beauty, and news, as well as emotional sentiments, random musings, and even social commentary.

    Twitter hashtag use also spiked during major events of the year, such as the #Coronation, #ThailandElection2019, #Songkran, and #ASEANSummit. Beauty and makeup lovers gathered around the #HowtoPerfect hashtag, while high schoolers posted about the convoluted system and costs of pre-university tests at #Dek62.

    Finally, the most-used emojis:


  • Brian Hyland, Peggy March To Seal Bangkok With a Kiss This Dec.

    BANGKOK — American legendary teen idols Brian Hyland and Peggy March will swing the capital with their sixties bubblegum pop this Dec.

    The duo will take the stage together for the first time in Bangkok on Dec. 21 at Thailand Cultural Center.

    Born in 1943, Brian Hyland was a musical prodigy whose comical hit “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini” soared to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 Chart in 1962 – when he was only at the age of 16. Two years later, his ballard “Sealed with a Kiss” reached the third rank on both the American and UK Singles Charts. His songs are still heard occasionally by young listeners in movies and TV shows nowadays.

    Joining him in tune will be Peggy March, who is best known for her single “I Will Follow Him,” released in 1963. Although critics often remembered her as a one-hit wonder, her stardom continued to shine outside the US throughout the 1970s with German songs like “Mit 17 hat man noch Träume” and “Romeo und Julia.”

    Tickets are on sale now starting from 800 to 2,500 baht via ThaiTicketMajor.


  • Calvin Harris, Zedd, and Skrillex To Lead This Year’s 808 Fest

    BANGKOK — Big-name DJs like Calvin Harris, Zedd, and Skrillex are coming to drop lots of beats for EDM fans at an annual music festival this Dec.

    Returning for its seventh year, the 808 Festival can still keep its excitement as it announced Wednesday the first lineup that includes Scottish DJ-producer Calvin Harris, who will perform in the capital for the first time and is known for electronic smash-hits like “Summer,” “My Way,” and “Feel So Close.

    Joining the party will be American DJ-singer Skrillex, who is arguably one of the greatest pioneers of dubstep music. Debuted in 2004, it takes him over the course of 15 years to sweep eight Grammy Awards along his way with ear-kicking tracks like “Bangarang,” “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites,” and “Where Are Ü Now.”

    Russian-German DJ-producer Zedd will also take the decks. Although he is best recognized for his electro house music like “Clarity” and “Stay the Night,” the reportedly classical-trained musician also draws elements of classical and dubstep into his works like “Stache.”

    The three-day music festival will run from Dec. 6 to Dec. 8 at BITEC Bangna. Tickets are on sale now for 3,345 baht via Ticketmelon. Attendees must be 20 and up.


  • ‘OneRepublic’ Will Be ‘Counting Stars’ in Bangkok This Oct.

    BANGKOK — American pop-rock band OneRepublic is coming to lead this year’s Spotify on Stage in Oct.

    One Republic’s second time in the capital is part of a gig hosted by music streaming service Spotify at BITEC Bangna on Oct. 16. Tickets are on sale online for 1,400 baht. A free Spotify account is required to buy tickets.

    Best known for their hits like “Counting Stars,” “Secrets,” and “Apologize,” the sextet, founded in 2002, consists of vocalist Ryan Tedder (who has written songs for other artists such as Adele and Maroon 5), guitarists Zack Filkins and Drew Brown, bassist Brent Kutzle, drummer Eddie Fisher, and keyboardist Brian Willett.

    OneRepublic rose to fame from a MySpace blog. Their 2007 debut album “Dreaming Out Loud,” soared to the top ten in charts across several countries. The single “Apologize” was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2009. Their latest album, “Human,” is expected to be released this November.

    The concert will be joined by Thai rapper F.Hero and K-pop boy band Stray Kids.

    F.Hero Ft. P-Hot, YOUNGOHM, FYMME – “เสือสิ้นลาย” (Stripeless Tiger)

    Stray Kids – “My Pace”


  • ‘Bring Me the Horizon’ to Sing their ‘Mantra’ in Bangkok This Nov.

    BANGKOK — British rock band Bring Me the Horizon are coming to tear up their guitars in Bangkok this Nov.

    After lead vocalist Oliver Sykes accidentally leaked details of the gig on his Instagram a few days earlier, The Very Company officially announced Thursday that the band will perform at Show DC Arena on Nov. 13. Tickets start at 2,500 baht and will be available online from Oct. 3.

    For the second time in the capital, following a visit in 2014, the British metalcore group will strum a string of acclaimed tracks, including their latest release “Amo” (2019), and “That’s the Spirit” (2015).

    The quintet, which consists of Sykes, guitarist Lee Malia, bassist Matt Kean, drummer Matt Nicholls, and keyboardist Jordan Fish, was founded in 2004. They debuted their first album “Count Your Blessings” two years later in 2006. Though their debut was met with contempt from critics, their second album “Sucide Season,” released in 2008, shifted to an eclectic style that appealed to listeners.

    Rising to fame from a MySpace blog, the band’s fifth album “That’s the Spirit,” released in 2015, led Bring Me the Horizon to become a household name among rock fans. One of their hits, “Mantra,” was nominated for Best Rock Song at the 2019 Grammy Awards.


  • Orchestra to Enchant Thais With ‘Harry Potter’ Film Scores

    NAKHON PATHOM — Eighteen years after Harry Potter picked up his first wand from Ollivanders on screen, the conductor of a national orchestra will raise their baton to guide Potterheads through Hogwarts this Nov.

    Take your Harry Potter geekiness to new heights (even though you’ve seen the films dozens of times already) when the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra performs scores from “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” on Nov. 23 and 24 at Prince Mahidol Hall inside Mahidol University, Salaya.

    Tickets will be sold online from Sept. 21, with prices starting from 900 to 4,000 baht.

    The concert is part of a world tour organized by virtual media group CineConcerts and Warner Bros. Pictures that has brought John Williams’ compositions, including the earworm “Hedwig’s Theme,” to 48 countries since 2016.

    During the show, the orchestra will play some of the 18 scores from the film while it’s projected onto a 40-foot screen. The ensemble will be conducted by John Josensky.

    A note for Muggles: the film follows an orphan boy who discovers that he is a wizard and begins his wizardry education at Hogwarts school. He meets two other students – Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger – who he befriends.

    The trio discovers a dark secret about one of their teachers, while Harry learns more about his tragic past.


  • Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds to Land in Bangkok This Nov.

    BANGKOK — More nineties nostalgia will hit Bangkok when Oasis singer-guitarist Noel Gallagher performs in a solo concert this Nov.

    The Very Company announced that Noel Gallagher and his High Flying Birds will perform in an outdoor concert at Live Park on Nov. 30, after his younger brother and former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher came to rock the capital last year. Tickets start at 3,600 baht and will be available online from Sept. 22.

    The gig will be the first time the High Flying Birds take flight to Bangkok, while Oasis visited the capital nearly two decades ago in 2001.

    Noel Gallagher served as the lead guitarist and songwriter for Oasis alongside his younger brother Liam Gallagher, Paul Arthurs, Paul McGuigan and Tony McCarroll, until the band’s dissolution in 2009.

    He then formed his own band, the High Flying Birds, with former Oasis guitarist Gem Archer, pianist Mike Rowe, drummer Chris Sharrock, and The Zutons bassist Russell Pritchard. They debuted their first single, “The Death of You and Me,” in 2011 before releasing a full self-titled album later in the year, which included hits like “If I Had a Gun…,” “AKA… What a Life!,” and “Dream On.”


  • ‘Green Day’ To Rock Bangkok Next March

    BANGKOK — Get ready for a throwback to the nineties: American punk rock band Green Day is returning to Bangkok next year.

    The band’s official website announced on Tuesday the concert date as March 11, 2020 and the venue as Impact Arena. Ticket details are scheduled to be listed on Sept. 20.

    The concert will be the band’s third tour to the capital, following visits in 1996 and 2010. The Bangkok gig will be their second stop in Asia after Singapore in a tour to promote their latest album “Father of All…,” which is expected to be released in February 2020.

    On the day of the announcement, the band also dropped the title track “Father of All…” to tease fans.

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    Although Green Day is embarking across the globe in the Hella Mega tour with two other rock bands, Weezer and Fall Out Boy, only Green Day will play in Bangkok.

    The five-time Grammy award-winning band was founded in 1986, rising to fame in 1994 following the debut of their third album “Dookie,” which features hits like “Welcome to Paradise” and “When I Come Around.” For casual listeners, tracks such as “21 Guns,” “Wake Me Up When September Ends,” and “American Idiot” should be familiar.

    Over the course of three decades, Green Day has made 12 albums which have sold more than 85 million records worldwide.


  • ‘Lukas Graham’ To Play First Live Gig in Bangkok

    BANGKOK — Danish pop-soul band Lukas Graham will embark on its first concert in Thailand this September.

    The band will perform on September 28 at GMM Muang Thai Live House inside CentralWorld. Tickets will be sold online from August 30 via The Concert, with prices starting from 1,800 to 2,300 baht.

    The Bangkok gig will be Lukas Graham’s first stop in Asia in a tour to promote their latest album “3 (The Purple Album).” Concertgoers should expect renditions of hits such as “Love Someone” and “Not a Damn Thing Changed.”

    The band consists of lead vocalist Lukas Forchhammer, drummer Mark Falgren, and bassist Magnus Larsson. Their popularity grew from a series of homespun videos starting in 2011, before their biggest hit, “7 Years,” earned them international recognition and even Grammy nominations in 2015.

    In February, the band gave a surprise performance on I Can See Your Voice Thailand.


  • ‘Mumford & Sons’ Land November for First Bangkok Concert

    BANGKOK — British folk-rock band Mumford & Sons will perform in their first gig in Bangkok this November.

    The quartet will perform on November 21 at GMM Muang Thai Live House inside CentralWorld. Tickets will be sold online starting August 31 via Thai TicketMajor, though prices have yet to be revealed.

    Concertgoers should expect renditions from their latest album “Delta,” released in 2018, as well as previous hits such as “The Cave” and “Little Lion Man.”

    The Grammy award-winning band was founded in 2007, rising to fame in 2009 following the debut of their first album “Sigh No More,” which peaked second in the Billboard 200. Their second album, “Babel,” released in 2013, earned them two Grammy awards for Album of the Year and Best Music Film (for the documentary “Big Easy Express” in which the band featured.)


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