Dengue Fever and Little Barrie set to rock Saigon

American Khmer-psychedelic rock band Dengue Fever will return to Saigon Friday (7 June) for a show that will likely be even better than their last one here in 2010, which attracted a crowd of over 1,000. But this time they aren’t alone. Little Barrie, the brainchild of one of the UK’s leading guitarists, Barrie Cadogan (also of Primal Scream, Morrissey, the Chemical Brothers and Paul Weller), will join them at Cargo Bar, making this show that much more epic.

Loud Minority, the show’s promoter, says everything is in place and the concert should go off without a hitch.

Dengue Fever was born in 1997 when Ethan Holtzman, one the band’s founders, returned to Los Angeles after a trip to Cambodia, where he was influenced by 1960s Cambodian rock music. A few years later, Khmer singer Chhom Nimol joined the group, giving Dengue Fever their unique mix of psychedelic rock and Cambodian pop. They have since toured the globe, playing Glastonbury Festival, appearing on BBC’s ‘Later… with Jools Holland’ and Letterman in the US. Described by Ray Davies (The Kinks) as a cross between Led Zeppelin and Blondie, their reputation for putting on stunning live shows had spread around the globe.

Cadogan of Little Barrie is regarded by many of his peers as the best guitarist in the business. He now divides his time equally between Little Barrie and Primal Scream and will be bringing his rocking three-piece to Vietnam for the first time, in between sold out shows with The Stone Roses in France and Hostess Weekender in Japan.

Saigon-based, The Marmalades will kick things off with their ambient dub/trip-hop/electronica, and after the live music LOUD MINORITY DJs will spin a mix of northern soul/motown to round out the night. The music starts at 7pm.

Tickets are on sale now for VND 350,000 advance or VND 450,000 at the door and can be bought at:

Cargo/Q4 box office: 7 Nguyen Tat Thanh
Saigon Sound System: 39 Ly Tu Trong, D1
Asian Kitchen/Alley Cat: 185/22 Pham Ngu Lao, D1

For questions or ticket delivery, email or call 09 09 08 48 61.