Lifestyle • 08 Mar, 2017
WELCOME TO SPRING: MARCH EVENTS
St Patrick’s Day, Marc Romboy, A Beer Fest, Comedy Finals & Art Fairs
A new season means a heap of new events to keep you entertained, and as usual AnyArena has got them covered.
If you like the best underground electronic music in the world, look no further than Heartbeat’s presentation of legendary German chameleon Marc Romboy, who will scorch earth at Apocalypse Now this Friday. If craft beer is your thing, Saigon Outcast will be the place to be all next weekend when they play host to a swathe of new brewers, plus the favourites we’ve already come to love. Of course next Friday is also St. Patrick’s Day, so get your green t-shirts and drinking boots on early at Heart of Darkness, it could be a big weekend. Comedy get’s it’s annual close up in Saigon too, with the start of the Magners International Comedy Festival, including the amateur final, with a chance to perform in Singapore at stake. Of course there’s also fashion, music and art to distract you from all of the above, not the least of which is Japan’s Alt-Rock Dance Group VM5 at Yoko. Check out our full list below.
Now on tour in Asia, this legend of the underground has featured on lineups all over the world and recently recorded with the Dortmund Philharmonic Orchestra in his native Germany. Google it, you will not be disappointed. A true fan and pioneer of the genre, he’s squeezing in a floor-burner this Friday between dates in China and Bali. Don’t miss it.
Where: 2B Thi Sach Street, D.1
Why: If you truly love the underground, you’ll be there.
When: Fri, 10 March
Everybody knows an Irishman or woman (or too), and who doesn’t love them? Best thing is, they normally like a drink, so what better way to celebrate than to turn up to Heart of Darkness’s second pressure keg, where the free beer continues until someone has to leave the room. Everyone drinks, no one quits!
Where: 31D Ly Tu Trong, D.1
Why: For the love of Ireland (and quality craft beer)
When: Fri, 17 March
All this fuss about beer is making us thirsty. Hosting their by now (fifth?) Craft Beer Festival, Saigon Outcast are going large this time, spreading the love out over two whole days of hops-loving madness. Featuring new players in the constantly growing slice of the market, plus the favourites you (we) love, you’d be mad not to check this out.
Where: 188/1 Nguyen Van Huong. Thao Dien, D2, HCMC
Why: Beer. It makes so many other things possible.
When: 18 - 19 March
More info here.
The All-Vietnam Finals of the Big V Comedy Competition @ Various Locations
Hahahaha. Hehehehehe. Hahahah - ok you get it, that’s the sound you’ll be making once you’ve got yourself sat down in your favourite venue and are experiencing the LOL’s on offer at this years Magners International Comedy Festival. Featuring some top notch international comedians from all over the world, plus the best of the local scene, there’s a series of events well worth your attention. Just remember, laugh loud, laugh often and laugh early. Life’s too short not to.
Where: Various locations
Why: International stand-up comedians at a venue with alcohol near you.
When: Mon, 20 March - Wed, 22 March
Art for You started as an idea, and now, a little over two years after their first show in Hanoi, the concept has grown to a legitimate breeding ground for new talent, and a rare opportunity to buy art at reasonable prices - before the artists make it big somewhere else. Don’t miss this chance to buy something awesome before anyone else.
Where: 3A Ton Duc Thang, D.1
Why: Art is simply good for your soul.
When: 22 - 27 March
Fashion can be fickle, friends even more so. Grab both and head down to Indika for a nosey at their second-hand market featuring clothes, jewellery, accessories and makeup. ‘I wear my grandad’s clothes, I look incredible’. There’ll also be a fashion workshop for those looking to up their style game.
Where: 43 Nguyen Van Giai, D.1
Why: Pop some tags with your best homies.
When: Sun, 26 March
Japanese alt-rockers VM5 are on their first Asian tour, and they want you to come and be happy with them at Yoko Cafe. With a cult following in their home country and an undeniably infectious energy, we’ll be in the front row for this one, rocking out with our fluro glasses out. See you there!
Where: 22A Nguyen Thi Dieu, D.3, Ho Chi Minh City
Why: An Explosion of Dance Music Meets Rock n’ Roll.
When: Sun, 26 March
More info here.
Words by jonaspin