Independent Thai music festival Maho Rasop returns to the vibrant city of Bangkok with a two-day celebration in early December.
The festival’s name comes from the traditional Thai word for a “festive celebration” (มหรสพ).
Created by three renowned concert promoters — HAVE YOU HEARD?, Seen Scene Space, and Fungjai — this festival stands out for its eclectic and high-quality live performances, pushing the boundaries of Thailand's independent music scene with fans coming from all over the globe.
While the 2020 and 2021 editions were halted, Maho Rasop bounced back in 2022 with its largest crowd to date — a record which could potentially be broken this year.
The 2023 edition presents a stellar line-up of international talents from all sorts of genres such as Bristol punk rockers IDLES, Massachusetts post-punk heroes Interpol, lo-fi, indie pop aficionado HOMESHAKE, the genre-blending, high-octane Japanese quartet Atarashii Gakko!, Kamaal Williams’ signature ‘Wu Funk’ sound and more.
The line-up of artists representing Asia is as equally diverse and impressive; Balming Tiger’s innovative fusion of rap, electronic, and experimental music, the heartfelt harmonies of Thailand’s own Numcha, Otoboke Beaver and their energetic punk-rock-garage sound from Kyoto to Thaiboy Digital’s wide spectrum of musical styles — expect to hear anything from hard-hitting 808s to nostalgic 4x4 rave classics.
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Back for another round of streaming sets at the festival is Boiler Room with a curation of the city’s vital collectives and several international artists.
Headlining Day 1 is Dekmantel crowd-favourite Young Marco who’s gained recognition through diverse, genre-defying sets that merge tropical rhythms, afro beats, Middle Eastern disco, proto-house, techno, and jack-tracks.
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Ahead of the annual year-end festival, Maho Rasop and Mixmag Asia are throwing a pre-party which aims to prep festival-goers for the abundance of eclectic electronic goodness in December.
Taking place on November 10 at BEAM, the party will feature both legendary and rising DJs, including DJ Dragon, DOTT and Elaheh, plus a first-time b2b set with Praewapower from Yellow Fang and lssasha.
The event is free entry for all Maho Rasop 2023 ticket holders and their plus ones.
Maho Rasop will be held at ESC Park, Bangkok, on 2-3 December 2023. Get your tickets to the festival here.
Amira Waworuntu is Mixmag Asia’s Managing Editor, follow her on Instagram.