headonism #11: thailand (21-23 apr)
Our monthly weekend of pure, multi-sensory indulgence– the potato head way. A full immersion into the “good times, do good” lifestyle through experimental music sessions, sustainability workshops, morning meditations, ice baths and, naturally, sunset libations, and so much more.
For April’s Headonism event, we welcome a host of talents from the Land Of Smiles to Desa Potato Head, presenting music, art, wellness, F&B, and sustainability with a Southeast Asian core in our Thailand Edition.
On Friday evening, Chef Pam from Bangkok’s beloved Potong restaurant presents her Masterclass & Dinner Journey. Taking place at Tanaman, the award-winning chef will share secrets of her sublime culinary expertise, showcasing a selection of her iconic dishes while offering an introduction to some of Thailand’s signature flavours. Over in the Beach Club, we bring the dancefloor vibrations with a typically vibrant line-up. Revered international selectors Lipelis and Raphaël Top-Secret are joined by Bangkok-based artist NOTEP and the Transport party collective, with Potato Head resident Marvel providing support.
On Saturday, Bangkok-based artist Hutsama Juntaratana will run a bio-based material workshop at Sweet Potato Kids, before NOTEP leads a contemporary mala meditation & manifestation workshop over at Tanaman. In the evening time, Sunset Park plays host to an intoxicating blend of sights, sounds and flavours. Cherished Talad Noi venue Tropic City joins Charmgang to takeover the bar & kitchen as a selection of Bangkok-based DJs set the celebratory mood, while an art performance from Saipa Fine Arts & Arsa Wijaya will take place during the magical sunset hours. When the night falls, venerated acid house pioneer A Guy Called Gerald brings his nocturnally-charged sound to Studio Eksotika, with resident DJs from Bangkok’s Never Normal adding heat to the subterranean groove.
Finally, on Sunday, 100 Mahaseth will serve their authentically prepared Isan cuisine with their Ijen Kitchen Takeover, showcasing the nuanced flavours of Thailand’s North and Northeast regions with an irresistibly homespun flourish. Saipa Fine Arts will deliver an Ancient Thai Boxing exhibition at Sweet Potato Kids, before we head to the Amphitheater for the closing show from contemporary molam specialists, Paradise Bangkok, and Balinese outfit, Kadapat.
A Guy Called Gerald
Acid house pioneer and a jewel in the crown of UK dance music heritage, A Guy Called Gerald has been moving dancefloors since as far back as 1989. His seminal club hit ‘Voodoo Ray’ is considered a timeless dance classic, while the ‘Pacific State’ track he recorded as 808 State went on to inspire countless dream-house and ambient-rave titles. Known and loved for bridging the gap between Detroit techno, Chicago house and UK rave, he’s continued to perform, produce and collaborate throughout a long, winding and wildly successful music career.
Thailand’s Paradise Bangkok have been bringing the distinctive sound of molam to the world for more than a decade, releasing acclaimed albums, playing at international festivals and winning tastemaker support from the likes of Gilles Peterson and Caribou’s Dan Snaith among many others. The five-piece band present an intriguing take on the mesmerising folk music of Northern Thailand, gently garnished with a contemporary twist, and composed with live performance at its core.
Hutsama Juntaratana is a Bangkok-based designer who experiments across the fields of art, design, and architecture with a continuing focus on creating positive social and environmental impacts. Her recent studio work includes the ‘Rueng Loy’ floating soundscape installation featured at the MooBaan Wonder festival in 2020 and ‘Aramarom’, a therapeutic space inviting people to explore their emotions intimately through a series of interactive installations. Her current interests include, among other things, the subjects of biomaterials, biometric data, and therapeutic space.
Lipelis is a Moscow-based producer and DJ who’s been enlivening dancers with his meta-disco music since emerging as a production force in 2011. With a far-reaching sound that veers between cosmic disco, proto-house, Italo, Balearic and more, he’s released music on benchmark labels including Running Back, Music For Dreams, Animals Dancing, and Hell Yeah among many others. His DJ sets are no-less expansive, morphing energetic dance textures with a deviant edge as he skillfully works the crowd.
Producer and seasoned digger Raphael Top Secret has been immersed in the musical underground since the early 2000s. The Parisian artist has released unmissable sounds on iconic labels like Rush Hour, Dekmantel, Antinote and Versatile, while his Rex Club residency has seen him welcome scene heroes Moodymann, Sassy J, Loud-E and more. A DJ who doesn’t like to be restricted by stylistic boundaries, he seamlessly mixes house, disco, deep techno, jazz and more into his powerfully immersive sets.
Located in Bangkok’s charming Charoen Krung neighbourhood, the 100 Mahaset restaurant prides itself on creating authentic Isan food with a farm-to-table philosophy. Their kitchen is committed to balancing modern culinary techniques while preserving the traditional taste and identity of the cuisine, while their teak restaurant building echoes of Thailand’s rich cultural heritage. Using unprocessed whole foods sourced directly from local farmers, they support the grassroots of the industry with the lovingly prepared dishes they serve.
Note Panayanggool, a.k.a NOTEP, is a Bangkok-based artist, musician and conservationist who focuses on creating art and music that enriches the viewer’s spirituality and love for nature. Her dedication to perfecting her craft has earned her multiple accolades as she follows her passion for using art as a vehicle to inspire and heal. In recent years, Note has merged her art with her interest in energy and spirituality, and she recently presented her second solo exhibition, Energy Diary 02, focusing on breathing and meditation.
Mumsfilibaba are a DJ crew and promotion outfit that split their time between Europe and Asia. Founded by Sebastian De la Cruz and Maximilian Adlercreutz, they spearhead the music direction at Bangkok’s award-winning Tropic City, and their DJ sets focus on creating a festival spirit as they blend Italo, house, cosmic disco, electro and breaks. They’ve opened for some of dance music’s heaviest hitters, and have performed at venues and festivals across continents.
Check out the full schedule on our Headlines below.
BY Desa Potato Head