A head full of dreams is what many of us in Bangkok are left with as we suffer through withdrawals from this past weekend’s extravaganza and we have nothing but praise to sing for the hardworking crew that seamlessly executed the second episode of Kolour in the Park. As we slowly came back to life this week, flawless, vibing and kolourful are the first words that came to mind as we reminisced about the weekend gone by.
While still in its infancy, Kolour in the Park has clearly outgrown its teething issues and is no longer a baby on the local festival scene. The organization and execution was solid and you were hard pressed to find anything complaining about anything at all – except for maybe the midday sun. But considering the setting was the Thai Wake Park, which was just a stones throw from central Bangkok and eliminated any issues getting in and out, there was plenty of water and wakeboarding to cool off.
Musically the festival truly delivered. What Kolour in the Park really does best is provide a healthy dose of house and techno to a crowd who may not have come especially for it but relishes in every minute of it. That comes from careful lineup curation featuring top-notch DJs who really know how to read a crowd and combine that with a stunning setting, happy punters glammed up with glitter and a staggering stage design, well that's a perfect recipe for good vibes. It’s like they koloured techno and made it bright again.
Our highlights of the weekend included Koish's sundown set which we loved so much that we have it for you to listen back to here, Boris Rubin who delivered yet another set of secret gems and played what was arguably the tune of the weekend (see below), the disco fueled sounds of Dark White & Harrington on the newly added Water Stage and the always mesmerizing Booka Shade who put on a live show that was energetic, interactive and unforgettable.
Judging from how much Kolour in the Park was amped up from last year and its roaring success, it’s just further testament to Bangkok’s snowballing music scene. Thanks largely in part to the efforts of local promoters like Kolour and heaps of talented regional DJs, Bangkok is where the party is at right now as far as Asia goes and Kolour is at the heart of it all, pumping passion and music in every which way. We well recommend making a weekender out of it next year (with flight, if needed) and we absolutely cannot wait. Hoopla!
Photos courtesy of Chakrist Jiujoy