Vibe Music Festival To Land In Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh will be alive with the sound of music in August when the Vibe Music Fest lands in the city. Taking in reggae, jazz, acoustic, pop and chapel music, the popular festival will showcase some of Cambodia’s finest talents when they raise the roof at Doors.

Kicking off the 10-day musical medley, which runs from Aug. 16 to 25, is Dub Addiction and VJ/ DJ Roberto at 9pm. Arguably Cambodia’s tightest and most professional band, they will be performing in the capital for their last gig before hitting the road for their European tour, with new faces and tunes.

On Saturday, Aug. 17 at 9pm, Vibratone and DJ Bluesabelle will be making a big splash with their second outing. This much-needed addition to the upbeat reggae scene is a great new band featuring the insanely talented Luis ‘El Brazilero’ and will be followed by just about the best jazz DJ in Asia.

KIN and Swing Kings take over the stage on Aug. 18 at 7.30pm. The capital’s awesome jazz band returns after three months for a night of bop and swing dancing and original arrangements, featuring a grand piano and Euan Gray on tenor sax.

On Monday, Aug. 19 Cambostomp will be putting on a live show at 7.30pm. They will present a Cambodian drum show by scary-good, grooving local artists. This will involve a short performance during a dinner set so book early for good seats.

WASH and Scott Bywater will perform their original music making on Aug. 20 at 8pm, when they present their acoustic-based read-out-loud originals in this musical poetry project.

The next day, Joe Wrigley and the Jumping Jacks will perform at 8.30pm. The only thing that was missing in town was Mr Wrigley. Now completing the Penh’s surreal music scene, Joe and Friends bring you an evening of awesome songs from the West Side.

No Forever, Akhia and Amanda Bloom will be wowing the audience on Aug. 22. Sam’s rebellious yet understated pop vocals from No Forever, 15-year-old sensation Akhia and the beautifully seductive voice of Bloom all make for an exciting evening.

Jahzad and DJ Bluesabelle will wow festival-goers on Aug. 23 at 9pm for ska sensation Jahzad’s set, followed by the chilled sounds of DJ Bluesabelle. Master Kong Nay, Krom and VJ Roberto will keep the party pumping on Aug. 24 at 7.30pm with a mixture of chapel music, acoustic and vocals and projections. Tickets must be booked.

Rounded up the festival on Aug. 25 is Charlie Corrie, Euan Gray and friends at 8pm. The festival finale involves the finest songwriters and solo acts in town.

Gabi Faja, Doors events manager, says, “Phnom Penh’s quite amazing concentration of talent gathers to present the inevitable festival that this city has been waiting for. Let’s make it awesome, this is your festival, this is your Vibe.”

All tickets are free except Aug. 24, which is $3. For more information or to reserve tickets, visit The Piano Shop, corner of St 13 and 178, or phone 097 6220 430.