Celebrating its resurgence after a four-year hiatus, Blaq Lyte Block Party is set to take place within the multi-floored confines of one of the city's premier nightclubs, BEAM.
Formerly known as Bangkok Block Party in the pre-pandemic era, the event has been reimagined to underscore the synergy between top-tier global talent and the vibrant local underground scene — the previous iteration comprised an all-Thai line-up.
Scheduled for January 19 (6pm-3am) and January 20 (3pm-3am), this year’s comeback also celebrates two special occasions; the tenth anniversary of Blaq Lyte (which had its closing party on December 9, 2023) and the birthday of its visionary founder, Nick Supreda (photo below).
According to an interview with Neocha about the previous Block Party event, Supreda moved from California to Thailand 10 years ago to reconnect with his roots. In Bangkok, he then opened a small bar, facing challenges like not knowing anyone or being able to read Thai. The bar marked the start of Supreda's new life. Despite no prior experience, he learned on the go, saying, "I had no background in this, I’ve been learning as I go."
Now a Founder member of Soho House Bangkok, Nick mentions how he is “currently working on a few projects” including planning more events and collaborations for later in the year.
A testament to a decade-long journey, Blaq Lyte has evolved from a small bar in Thonglor into a dynamic creative collective organizing events, managing nightclubs, owning clothing stores, publishing magazines, and more.
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As for the headliners, Blaq Lyte Block Party invites over Swedish Drain Gang leader, Yung Lean, known for his distinctive warbly rap style. Joining him are a number of notable acts such as Parisian beatsmith Onra with his instrumental hip hop flair, plus regional representation from Arthur Yeti of Hong Kong's globe-trotting label Yeti Out, and local dance music stalwart Sarayu of More Rice Records.
The line-up goes beyond borders, featuring Asian artists making waves in the music scene. Saigon's Larria, Bangkok's own Nuh Peace, Cristal No. 5 from Indonesia and many more will contribute to the rich tapestry of sounds that will echo through BEAM's multi-floor space.
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Adding a personal touch to the celebration is Motley Flower, the artist alias of birthday boy Nick Supreda. Brace yourselves for anything and everything from deconstructed noise to Viet bootlegs and more.
Peek the full line-up below.
Beyond the music, Blaq Lyte Block Party offers a multifaceted experience. Pop-ups from big brands along with local food vendors like Gallerie Pizza and Sor's Sliders, tattoos by GRIMALKIN and WENDYISDEAD, and more ensure a vibrant celebration of artistry and community.
Get your tickets to the event this weekend here.