FOLK ART & BLUES FESTIVAL | 2019 OVERVIEW

Written by on Fri 18th January 2019

Prepare the Kool-Aid! The 2nd edition of FOLK ART & BLUES FESTIVAL CAMBODIA is about to roll!

FOLK ART & BLUES FESTIVAL brings together a super team of artists, arts workers as volunteers under one curatorial mission “to seek out and present the most groovy, raw, primitive, primal, wild and bluesy sounds of South East Asia and beyond”… and, what’s more, FAB’s setting its sights on fast becoming one of best new music festivals in the region as it creates an important springboard for little known but truly phenomenal grass roots folk & blues genre artists working in Cambodia alongside international acts – a selection of artists whom we love and admire and whose music and stories should to be heard world over.

Key Dates: Phnom Penh Jan 26 | Kampot Jan 30 | Siem Reap Feb 1 -3 | Battambang Feb 6 | Phnom Penh Feb 7 | Mondulkiri Feb  9-10 |

FAB Festival Arists

FAB Fest rolls out as a “touring festival” over 16 days, and moves out across the Kingdom with The Cambodian Space Project’s “Mothership” who play host to a diverse and eclectic line-up of local and international acts. This year’s FAB features an astonishing line-up of artists out of London, USA, Australia, Malaysia, Vietnam & Cambodia, including local heroes The Kampot Playboys, Evil Phnom, Simmer, Vartey Ganiva, Frankie Teardrop Dead (London) and over from Saigon’s resurgent psychedelic rock scene OPN AIR DRG MKT and rising star Skeleton Goode.

Opening Night is set for January 26 – a BIG Australia Day weekend at Chinese House with Kampot Radio on hand to broadcast Triple J’s radio’s traditional Aus Day Hottest 100 but with a mix of Cambodian and Aussie hits. The festival kicks off in Phnom Penh and blasts across the Kingdom through to a special finale – a mountain concert! in Cambodia’s remote Mondulkiri province, finishing up on the weekend of Saturday & Sunday 9, 10 February.

FAB launch at Chinese House opens this year’s festival by presenting more than a dozen acts – an jam-packed line-up with a VIP and backstage area complete with a fully equipped bar onboard a classic London double-decker bus!

In the spirit of Ken Kesey’s Merry Pranksters, the very next day, FAB literally starts-a-rolling as the “Blues Train Concert” with all aboard! the Royal Railways – Phnom Penh (depart 4pm) to Kampot.  Next Stop Kampot: performers will be in town for Kampot Radio’s Radiothon – coinciding with the 50th anniversary of British Invasion legends The Beatles performing their final concert of the roof of the Apple building.

From Kampot its on to the City of Temples with a long weekend of FAB shows including art events and a very special concert night held in partnership with the fabulous artistic team at Siem Reap’s Bambu Stage. Almost too much to mention here but please check our online media as it’s sure to be a huge weekend with FAB events Fri 1, Sat 2, Sunday 3 the Reap. FAB rolls into Battambang on Wed 6th for a one-off at one Cambodia’s best loved venues Here Be Dragons then it’s back to Phnom Penh with a stopover on Thu 7 before the traveling ‘old-timey’ revue heads for the mountains.

FAB 2019 calls in at 5 Cities and travels some 1334kms across Cambodia bringing something completely new and unique to Cambodia’s emerging contemporary arts scene. It’s a diverse and eclectic line-up and as Louis Armstrong famously said;

“All music is folk music. I ain’t never heard a horse sing a song.” — Louis Armstrong

Folk Art & Blues Festival is produced by the Cambodian Space Project and is dedicated to the memory of Kak Channthy R.I.P.

© FAB Fest is conceived and managed by Julien Poulson (The Cambodian Space Project), The Space Agency and the team at KAMA (Kampot Arts & Music Association) – presenters of internationally acclaimed KAMPOT READERS & WRITERS FESTIVAL.


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