Hanoi bar kicks off international indie music festival

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CAMA ATK, a Hanoi bar and venue for international art and music, has launched different events ahead of its "Festival 6" on June 2.

A week of free shows from local and foreign musical talents have been going on at the bar since May 25 to prepare for what has been called Vietnam's biggest independent music festival.

The festival will be stirred by the appearance of Ho Chi Minh City's Scrambled Edge who has played in Barcelona and Tokyo, and Chinese DJ R3 whose live set for U Dance, China's biggest online radio station, was the most listened to in the station's history.

Aki, a member of Japan's Electric Eel Shock which will play at the festival, said "I heard Vietnam is not great Rock n' Roll place from someone, but that was inaccurate. Vietnamese audiences have high level skill to enjoy the concert, and also have good manners. They were one of best audiences in the world. You know we already have played over 30 countries, and we say the Vietnamese audience ranks among the top 5."

MC Hydrophonics from the US said, "Every time we go [to Hanoi] it's just pure insanity. I crowd surfed across the whole venue last year and plan on doing it this CAMA Festival too."

First time artist Turbo Goth from the Philippines said, "We are very excited. From what we have seen in the past CAMA Festival videos online, we are expecting a huge, receptive, fun and very diverse crowd."

Advance tickets of VND300,000 (US$15) a person are available at the bar at 73A Mai Hac De St.; Jaspas on the 4th floor of Hanoi Towers, 49 Hai Ba Trung St.; PUKU at 16-18 Tong Duy Tan St.; RockPassion at 182, Alley 165 Chua Boc St.; or Holyland Ballad at 105 D7 Trung Tu St., Alley 4D Dang Van Ngu St.

Otherwise tickets for the festival can be purchased at the door for VND400,000.

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