Diving into a magical world where music is the only thing that matters is the escape in which all ravers, plurs and all-out musos journey to any festival. The team at Kolour create just such a place, from the moment you overcome the mild formalities of the security checks and redemption of your ticket, you enter a mystical land of music.
You can imagine being Alice, chased down into that little room where the choice is to be made, which pill should I take to enter which door? However, at this Wonderland, you don't have to choose, just let go and fall down the rabbit hole into an uplifting and elevating world of musical fantasy.
Even the trip past the guard towers (so to speak), down the narrow path into Thai Wake Park sets the tone for your experience before you. Journeying past two lakes, one of which is filled with party people bathing in the cool waters, each tree along the path holds one word to an enchanted message to get you in the mood for the bohemian experience that Kolour creates.
The venue offers so much in addition to the main stage, with wakeboarding going on right through until the early hours of the morning, dips in the lake, face painting, Thai food market-esque dinning, free massages and much more. And to enjoy any of these services, including the bars, of course, you don’t even have to dip your hand into your wallet or purse, oh no, all thanks to the team at Pouch Nation. Kolour, as many of the festivals in the region now, have taken advantage of this new world service. Just go to the cashier at the start of the festival, dish out your dollar – in this case, Thai Baht – and get your festival wristband topped up and you are away, free to spend at all the festivals extras including the merch stores without a care in the world. So, no more money dropping out your pockets when getting your swag on, or rolling in the grass with that fellow plur, you can just let loose knowing that your cash is secure, all locked in the most precious thing to any festival head – their access to the weekend’s action. Confident in the knowledge that your dosh is safe and sound, there is plenty of open areas to cool off your heels also – from custom built artistic masterpieces to lounge around in with the aid of some chilled beverages and open grass verges where you can soak up the atmosphere whilst kicking it with friends.
Adding to the core principles of the festival - “An Annual Celebration of Creativity, Art and Sound.” – the main stage decoration is hand-crafted and there are none of the large-scale lighting rigs and special effects most would expect to see at such an event. No - the core value is to focus on the music, which lends the entire weekend to a totally new experience to any seasoned festival head and a really nice touch too. However, when it comes to sound, there is no questioning the team’s motivation, as the audio rigs are sensationa -l to say the least - and the soundwaves pumped out from the main stage roll through every molecule of your structure.
The event took a slight deviation from previous years with the introduction of live music acts such as Peking Opera to add another layer to the regular House and Techno in which Kolour laid its foundation. These were welcome additions for certain and take the event one step further in their evolution, we also hope to have more of this next year as the event continues to expand its horizons.
The main stage was also host to a number of local talents both homegrown and native – Mendy Indigo, Nakadia, Ekception, Dan Buri and many more. Pumping out anything from House (in a variety of formats), to Techno with quite a mix of both underground and commercial elements in most sets. Right from the middle of the afternoon on the first day until the closing hours of Monday morning, there was music to be enjoyed by all who were lucky enough to be there. Just take a look at the video below to catch a feel of what this land of musical madness has to offer…
Amongst the headliners shipped in from abroad, Pomo the Canadian multi-instrumentalist, Alle Farben, Berlin based DJ and Producer and Nils Hoffman the 16 year old rapidly up and coming German producer, was the main man himself - Coran. Not only is Coran the lead organizer and founder of the event but he also finds the time to take to both the main stage and then push the celebrations on until sunrise with sets on the second stage as well. We managed to grab him on the second day, to get familiar with Kolour and what drives him to create such an absorbing experience as the one “… In the Park”.
Briefly, before the interview, we mentioned the second stage, a unique little cut away from the main festivities. This smaller, but by no means less energized, dancefloor lent itself to a collection of local Record Labels/DJ/Producer Bands who showcased their talents and musical creations right through the night and beyond sunrise. We were able to steal some time with one of the boys from Night Ride (local BKK based Record Label), right after his set to get the lowdown on his experience at Kolour and a teaser for some more to come with DJ Mag Asean in later additions.
Steeling a little time on the second day after a few beverages from the main sponsor Singha, we caught up with another top act after his performance on the main stage. Wellknown Bangkok Producer and DJ and member of the popular SLum Disco Soundsystem in the underground scene of the city. Won’t say too much though as plenty is covered in the brief interview below.
The event was a raving success and kudos to the Kolour gang for hitting all the right cues for this mystical land of art, music and creativity in all its glory. Many of the people we met had been going to the festival since its creation 4 years ago and so many more were already looking forward to next year’s event. As for us, we will be sure to call up the team for another bash at the park next year but in the meantime, Kolour are host to a whole collection of events right through the year - from beach parties to warehouse raves - so keep an eye on them via the links below so you don’t miss out on their magic. Also, of course, keep your eyes on us as we continue to follow the rapid expansion of the EDM scene across the Land Of Smiles here at DJ Mag Asean.
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