Places to Go on the Weekend of 15 — 17 January ’16


Third weekend of 2016 is packed with short film screenings, gigs, markets/book sales, indie festivals, and more live performances. Don’t miss out on where the cool kids will be this weekend!

Gerakbudaya’s New Year Sale


If one of your resolutions is to buy cheaper books or read ones produced from around the region, look no further than this sale. The objective of Gerakbudaya’s annual sale is to introduce people to inspirational stories with controversial titles like Banana Punk Rawk Trails by Marco Ferrarese — the author of Nazi GorengUnbelievably Stupid Too by Kee Thuan Chye, and Fixi’s popular KL Noir series. Plus, there’s a book exhibition curated by publishers from Indonesia such as Resist, Komunitas Bamboo, YOI, and Lontar Foundation. The exhibition will cover stories relating to the history, politics, and cultural aspects of modern day Indonesia.

Date Thursday 14 January — Sunday 17 January ’16
Time 10am
Venue Gerakbudaya, PJ

More information on the event here

Thisappear+ Opening Party


Thisappear+ is opening its newest retail space today — for those whom are unaware, it’s a retail boutique owned by Joe Chia and Justin Chew. If those names don’t ring any bells, save yourself the embarrassment and don’t attend the party. Moslem Priest and KO PI GO are in charge of tunes tonight while Yong Boon provides visuals. Okay, maybe you can go for the party if you know the artistes but if all five names that we’ve dropped in this post are unknown to you, find another event to have drinks at.

Date Friday 15 January ’16
Time 7pm
Venue Thisappear+

More details on the event here

Zouk KL’s DJ Mag [UK] Voting Party With Boys Noize, Mick Wilson & LapSap

source: Bjorn Jonas

Zouk Club KL is hustling for that Top 10 spot on DJ Mag’s [UK] Top 100 Clubs Global Poll – what better way to convince punters to vote than to invite Boys Noize to the clubbing institution for the fourth time (his first to the new Zouk to boot!). Mick Wilson of the mag will offer support, as do Blink and Xu as LapSap.

Date Friday 15 January ’16
Time 10pm
Venue Zouk Club KL

More info here.

Next New Wave SEA Short Part 3


Maybe wearing black and consuming alcohol isn’t your mug of beer, perhaps a film screening of short films produced around Southeast Asia might sound more appealing? This free screening will showcase 6 short films; two from Malaysia entitled Strength (dir. Michael Chen) and Wanita Cosmos (dir. Diffan); Singapore’s The Story I Forget To Tell (dir. Nelson Yeo); the Philippines’ To Siomai Love (dir. Remton Zuasola); Vietnam’s Déjà Vu (dir. Truong Minh Quy); and finally Indonesia’s Pendekar Kesepian (dir. Yusron Fuadi).

Date Friday 15 January ’16
Time 7.30pm
Venue Content Pitching Centre

More details on the event here.

The Bee Pres. Tunes and Pints


The Bee started their weekly gig programme entitled Tunes and Pints since New Year’s day. The idea is to host different artistes each week to show its customers the talented individuals hidden around the Klang Valley. Tonight marks its third edition with Jude Macson as its chosen musician. The Bee is also treating guests to a Kirin promotion where a bottle is priced at RM15++ while a bucket of three is RM39++. Plus, there are lots of comfort food choices (bring on all the nachos!) to create a more pleasant experience.

Date Friday 15 January ’16
Time 9.30pm
Venue The Bee, Publika

More information on the event here. 

Ohrwurm Pres. Ninetoes (Saved Records/Kling Klong) [GER]


Pisco’s latest venue venture Como invites all house and techno heads to its space for a night of… well, techno and house. The event is presented by the ever dependable Ohrwurm, who’s invited Germany’s Ninetoes to kick-off their first event of the year. Ninetoes has been in the scene for over ten years, and has played alongside names like  Loco Dice, Koze, and Jesse Rose. Before he makes his way behind the decks, DJs Alam, Flikswitch, and Slutski will be his opening acts.

Date Friday 15 January ’16
Time 9pm
Cover RM35

More information on the event here

DongTaiDu Music Festival ’16

source: Shelhiel

Dong Tai Du (DTD) is a local indie music label founded by the guy behind the DIY gig space Live Fact, Shane, and Tat of instrumental rock band NAO. DTD has organised music festivals since 2008, and the fourth one will be a three-stage music event featuring a bill of largely local and regional artistes.

In Black Box, you can find the Electronic Music Stage and the Rock Music Stage. The Electronic Music Stage will kickstart the festival with eight local acts which includes Goh Lee Kwang and Akhyla‘s family of producers such as Shelhiel,  VMPRMYTH + Reddi Rocket, and Nero One + YAHNA. Furthermore, there’s the ambient electronica of Dae Kim (he’ll probably drop some hip hop tracks or two, you may never know), Ng Chor Guan, dream poppers KOKKAMANGO, and Shoupihou (Skinny Monkey). On the rock front, expect a total of twelve bands to grace the stage, for instance Taiwanese musicians HUSH and Frost Tears, as well as Prune Deer of Hong Kong. Additionally, electronic duo Like Silver, dayDream, Straw, Foxlore, Yessssss (Yong Yandsen + Sudarshan + Kok Siew Wai), Loch, post-rock band mutesiteSkits and Tinnitux will perform too.

Over in White Box, DTD will hold the Acoustic Music Stage. Musicians Hell Low,Tangerine WongAlly Lew, Hugo Yap, Lai Ze Ren, Reeve Jia Ming, SMAP (Serene Music Academy), and UM Yao Lan Shou​ can be anticipated to deliver performances that are stripped bare, where lyricism and melodies take centre stage. Besides that, the fairer venue will have an open mic session where buskers or anyone, really, are welcomed to set up an impromptu performance with their own guitar and/or any gear. Furthermore, there’s a creative market displaying the handmade crafts of vendors and artists, a few white partition boards will exhibit some music artwork by various designers, and finally, any keen gig-goers can attend a talk on local indie culture.

As evidenced above, DTD Music Festival is a staggering locally organised music and creative arts festival that we recommend you to check out.

Date Saturday 16 January – Sunday 17 January ’16
Time 7pm
Venue Black Box and White Box, Publika
Cover RM58 (Student) / RM78 (Second-Day Show Only) / RM98 (Two-Day Pass) /  RM258 (Two-Day Pass for 3 Pax)

Further details on the festival hereEmail [email protected] for ticketing details or any inquiries regarding the festival. 

MaCDougal’s Flea Market


MacDougal’s… The name itself is a factor for going. Like any flea market, this one will have items like vinyl records, knick knacks to hoard, clothes, pre-loved items, and live music. What attracted us to list it however was the curious tagline it had chosen to describe itself; “One man’s dust is another man’s cocaine.” Maybe they’ll have some of that for purchase as well.

Date Saturday 16 January ’16
Time 11am
Venue Gaslight Cafe

More information on the event here

Cross Causeway Cinema: Opportunities and Challenges


Cross Causeway Cinema is a panel discussion between four prominent figures in both Malaysia’s and Singapore’s filmmaking industry regarding the challenges of producing a body of work that’s relatable at home and to people across the causeway. Panelist include Royston Tan and Sanif Olek from Singapore, Malaysian representatives Dain Said and Liew Seng Tat. All four individuals have received multiple awards, shown their work at notable events and places such as Sundance Screenwriters Lab, The Sydney Biennale, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) New York, and Cannes Cinefondation to name a few. A valuable lineup for aspiring filmmakers who are looking to pick the brains of established individuals in the field.

Date Saturday 16 January ’16
Time 2pm
Venue Content Malaysia Pitching Centre, KL

More information on the event here.

Martell La French Tour Party


Martell starts its inaugural La French Touch Party (please don’t be inappropriate) with prolific French producer Joachim Garraud. Garraud is known for his involvement in electronic music since the early days, having composed, produced, remixed, and collaborated with the likes of David Guetta, Beyoncé, and David Bowie to name a few. This man’s music has definitely made it into your playlist at least once. To hype the crowd before his slot are DJ couple Joey G and Patricia K, hip hop dancecrew Elecoldxhot, and Play for Passion.

Date Saturday 16 January ’16
Time 8pm
Venue KL Live
Cover RM92 *includes two Martell La French Touch cocktails

Purchase tickets and bottle promotion here

SoundLab 2016 Showcase 


The lineup for this showcase is beyond stellar. With Born in Flamez, Nadia Reid, Vandetta, Darko C of Burma’s Burmélange, Najwa Mahiaddin, Fook of Bassment Syndicate, and many, many more from all over the world, it’s not for anyone with an interest in the regional and global music scene to miss out on. Get acquainted with the jungle calls here.

Date Saturday 16 January ’16
Time 4PM
Venue Feeka, KL

More information on the event here

LOT 36


The Bee adds another event to its roster this month event — LOT 36. Similar to its idea behind Tunes & Pints, LOT 36 is to showcase different local artistes every Saturday afternoon rather than a Friday night. This series also started during New Year’s weekend with John Thomas Trio hosting its first session, to follow up to the band’s performance is Nadir, a contemporary Jazz band. Besides spending your Saturday afternoon chillin’ to easy-listening music, The Bee also has a bucket promotion for Smirnoff Ice — RM60 for six!

Date Saturday 16 January ’16
Time 9.30pm
Venue The Bee, Publika

More information on the event here

Pisco Bar Pres. ‘Lazy Sunday’ with Bobby Tan, DJ Bruce, DJ Niall and DJ Anthony


Lazy Sunday is back to cure Sunday morning’s hangover using a carefully perfected remedy — it involves more alcohol obviously. Pisco encourages all of its patrons to be exceptionally lazy on this day. To ensure this sloth-like experience, Pisco will be screening cartoons for everyone to watch on bean bags. The playlist for this edition of Lazy Sunday is be curated by Bobby Tan, DJ Bruce, DJ Niall, and DJ Anthony. We’ve not seen them play before but we’re assuming the playlist will consist of chilled-easy-listening type of songs.

Date Sunday 17 January ’16
Time 3PM
Venue Pisco Bar, KL

More information on the event here.