Friday, March 23, 2018

Where to go for live music in KL?

So I was there when musicians used to pass on their MySpace links. Never Friendster. Then YouTube. Then their own named sites. Then Facebook Pages. Then Tumblr. Now Instagram and today, a CDBABY link from Izzy Anuar (formerly IzzyMohd)! Woo hoo! Come to think of it, it's pretty awesome that I had a very short conversation with CDBABY founder last year and he told me about his new project, #nownownow and I found out he's been hanging out in New Zealand.
Occasionally, a thread of organic SEO for Doppel Music World leads us to travelling musicians. Last week, a drummer travelling from Venezuela emailed asking if there were any gigs in town. So I reached out to Shaneil of Open Mic Malaysia and connected them. Then, had this crazy idea because I wanted my nephew to learn drums! So I contacted Roland Malaysia to see if they'd be keen to host a drum clinic. They are keen, and there's a possibility...

Buzzed and curious, I wondered what's new in the music scene in KL and started googling. So if you're looking to gig, or just to chill out to a band, here are some links we've scoured the web.

Let's start with the Top 10 venues as suggested by Time Out's Best Live Music Venues in KL!

  1. Perfect Square Space, TTDI
  2. PlaySpace, The Place in Damansara Perdana
  3. Bobo KL, Bangsar
  4. ATAS by Bijan FX, Kelana Jaya
  5. The Bee, Publika
  6. Merdekarya, PJ Section 5 near Gasing
  7. Findars, Jln Panggong near Chinatown KL
  8. No Black Tie, Jln Mesui near Changkat Bukit Bintang, KL
  9. Alexis Ampang, Great Eastern Mall Jln Ampang KL
  10. Gaslight Cafe, Medan Damansara, KL
And here are more live houses we found!!!
  1. LiveHouse, TREC Jln Tun Razak KL
  2. Le Noir, TREC Jln Tun Razak KL 
  3. Timbre @ The Row, Jln Doraisamy KL
  4. Voizup, Taman Desa, Seputeh KL
  5. Live Fact, Taman Danau Desa
  6. Waikiki Bar, Lorong Sultan near A&Ws, PJ
  7. Pisco Bar, Jln Mesui near Changkat Bukit Bintang, KL
Finally, I'll leave you with three pretty awesome venues for private events.
  1. DropKL
  2. Glasshouse, Seputeh
  3. Slate @ The Row
Oh, one last thing. We run a creative agency and have recently moved into 90 Bangsar Warehouse HQ, a quaint post-war shop house along Jalan Bangsar near Abdullah Hukum Station, on the main road where APW, NSTP, China Press offices lie behind. Watch out for this space as we roll out experimental arts events.

Latest list update: 10 Dec 2017 23 Mar 2018

View from Drop KL The Terraces TREC KL

Slate @ The Row in KL (formerly Heritage Row)

If you know of more venues, please add in the comments below. Thank you and happy venue hopping! 

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