It is our weekly pleasure at Leng Pleng to bring you news of some of the most fabulous live gigs and DJ parties happening around the Kingdom of Wonder. This week’s wrap of highlights is teeming with more quality international visiting artists and superb local acts than we can shake a proverbial stick at. With not one but two mega music festivals taking place in two cities this weekend, one really does have an exciting choice of superb gigs. While we cannot possibly mention every single fantastic band playing, we will – as always – seek to bring you news of some of the more interesting gigs going down.
We spoke to international rock star and event organiser Conrad Keely to find out more about his seminal Golden Street Festival – scheduled to take place in Phnom Penh this Saturday. Conrad has been, to say the least, somewhat busy of late – organising what is set to become one of the most important Cambodian music events of recent years and the first Asian gig by his band And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead since 2012. Fortunately for us, he still found time to let us know how the event was put together – click here to read more.
Contemporary Khmer rock bands (Sliten6ix, Suffer, Doch Chkae, Vartey Ganiva), expat favourites (Bokor Mountain Magic Band, Sangvar Day, Dub Addiction) and visiting international bands (Fire Walk With Me, Sincerely Grizzly, Wasabi Bytes) will all be in attendance at Golden Street on Saturday, playing across two stages from lunchtime until midnight. Click the link below to read the Leng Pleng Golden Street wrap and check out the Golden Street Festival Facebook event page for latest information and details of the line-up.
Up in Siem Reap, the Chub Met Music and Art Festival will continue into this weekend with two of the most eagerly-anticipated shows of the festival. At Triangle Bar tonight (Thursday) the Urban Art & Hip-Hop night features fiery French MC 12Me alongside UK rap sensation Professor Elemental’s ‘unique neo-Victorian blend of hip hop and comedy’! On Friday at FCC – Angkor, Modern Music Inspired by Ancient Sounds offers an inspired triple bill comprising of experimental Khmer-electronica fusion group Krom Monster, the genre-defying Khmer rock band The Kampot Playboys and visiting Thai-based act Rasmee.
Rasmee is a singer with Thai, Cambodian and Laotian heritage – and sings in all three languages on her album ‘Isan Soul’. In 2016, Rasmee won Best Female Artist, Best Album and Best Song at the Kom Chad Luek awards. Rasmee will be bringing her own band and her own unique sound to the Chub Met Festival event this Friday.
If you are sticking in Phnom Penh this weekend, you will have a few opportunities to catch the very talented Vincent La Fleur around town. A singer, pianist, guitarist and songwriter (he has also been known to brandish the occasional harmonica!) from Paris, Vincent has been availing himself of the music venues of South-East Asia of late – with appearances in Bangkok, Pattaya, Macau and now… Cambodia! Vincent La Fleur will be performing a special gig at Artillery Cafe tonight and at Acoustic Fridays at Farm To Table early Friday evening. For the rest of the weekend, he will be joining Sebastien Adnot and Toma Willen to form a special jazz trio at Jazz Club Phnom Penh.