Matt Smith, Founder
IN six years, Popscene has gone from being a monthly event in a dingy little club on Khao San Road to booking acts like The Cribs, Young Knives, and Andy Rourke from The Smiths, who perform at some of Bangkok’s most prestigious venues. Events have also been held in Manila and Kuala Lumpur, and most recently Popscene hosted an unofficial day event at the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas.
As well as boosting the number of interesting international acts coming to Thailand, Popscene has had a positive effect on local talent, too. “There’s little doubt that the young people who attend Popscene shows are being inspired by what they see,” says Popscene’s founder, British expat Matt Smith, “and hopefully they will all go on to create music and tour in the same way my acts do.”