According to many people: Kolour in the Park this year was one of the best.
The number of electronic music festivals in Thailand these days is crazy and while the country became a hotspot for festivals across Asia, it’s also gotten a little non-sens sometimes with line-ups coming off. But Kolour in the Park knew this three years ago and today the team are celebrating roaring results following their most successful iteration yet.
Devoid of headliners in the traditional sense, this year’s line-up was carefully curated for fans of the alternative and it truly delivered. Day one was bustling with Berlin vibes featuring Wankelmut, Adana Twins back-to-back with Animal Trainer, Roman Rauch and finally Cocoon’s latest signing Nakadia who closed the night out in top form delivering a set of what’s becoming the Thai national’s signature style of increasingly hard techno.
Because Kolour in the Park sits next to the idyllic Thai Wake Park, the event is actually built upon daytime activities and despite blazing temperatures of somewhere around 36 degrees, by sunset the site was packed and at peak vibe without wavering until curtain call just past midnight. The art in throwing a two-day festival and the perfect hangover cure to your day one hangover lies therein: calling it quits early. With this in mind there was no hesitation is booking another immense and impressive day two line-up which saw Tube & Berger, Autograf, ATMA, Ava Asante, Sameed & Oliver Osborne all play. Representing locals this year were X0809, Koish, Ekception, Dan Buri, Sunju Hargun, Boris Rubin, DOTT & Ellie, Absolud, Dark White, Tek Harrington and Coran.
Another thing that really sets Kolour in the Park apart from other festivals in Thailand is the calibre of people it attracts. Drawn together by a similar taste in music, an interest in art and a fire for all things creative, the best of Bangkok flocked to Kolour in fine form and painted the landscape with colorful costumes and uninhibited vibes. But what really turns Kolour in the Park into an annual oasis amid a concrete and congested capital is the sheer amount of space dotted with unique stages, extraordinary deco and light installations. It’s obvious that not only did blood, sweat and tears go into the design and development but also love, passion and dedication. The only detriment to getting all the space is the difficulty that can come with getting to and from the site and we hope that some year soon camping – boutique or glamping if you must – might be introduced.