The night’s immersive journey of experiences saw The Plaza, The Parlor, The Standard Grill, and the neon-lit swimming pool transform into microcosmic worlds of music genres. At the same time, the third-floor event space was turned – for one night only – into the most exclusive nightclub in town.
As the night progressed, the party moved to The Club – a late-night room soundtracked with live sets from DJ Alex from Tokyo and
legendary American DJ and music producer Diplo. Thoughtfully crafted by The Standard’s legendary EVP of Nightlife and Entertainment, Stephane Vacher, the night’s music programming unfolded across all hotel venues, including the Pool (converted into a world-class stage), the beloved lobby lounge and a pop-up nightclub.
At The Parlor, as signature cocktails, private-label beer and champagne flowed, The Standard-curated playlist gave way to highly danceable tunes courtesy of a guest DJ from New York City, with sound levels gradually increasing to bring the dance crowd closer to sonic release.
In true Standard style, revellers from around the globe mixed, mingled and danced as the carefully crafted journey led them through The Standard’s wonderfully unique spaces, where a curation of music performances acted as a medium to promote organic exploration.
A dynamic and immersive cultural epicentre taking residence inside the iconic King Power Mahanakhon, The Standard, Bangkok Mahanakhon celebrated its grand opening with a Festival of Music on 14 December 2022, officially marking the celebrated arrival of The Standard’s Asia flagship in the Thai capital.
The pool’s atmospheric lighting formed a magnetic yet serene backdrop for live performances of contemporary jazz from Onyx Collective, who fused hip hop, R&B, rap, Afrobeat and Latin beats while celebrating the genre’s roots.
Standard CEO Amber Asher said, “Tonight, as we celebrate the official grand opening of our Asia flagship, I am overwhelmed with pride and gratitude for our dedicated team, our talented collaborators, our incredible partners at King Power and for Sansiri.”
At the grand opening last night, the tradition of Standard Sounds was represented through performances ranging from local rising stars to international legends. The night culminated with an epic performance by global electronic music sensation Diplo, who set the dance floor on fire.
To make the most of Bangkok’s balmy weather, The Pool laid out an alfresco spread of thirst-quenching cocktails served from the ornate pool bar along with a legalized CBD offering. Meanwhile, an elevated cocktail party at The Standard Grill’s dining room and terrace saw revellers enjoy gourmet creations from The Grill team paired with premium champagne and signature mixology.
The diverse musical lineup kicked off with 90’s hip hop in The Parlor, driven by one of the most prominent players on New York’s underground radio scene, Stretch Armstrong and East Coast legend, a true party DJ, Rich Medina, setting the tone for the evening. At the pool, Onyx Collective, the new generation of modern Jazz, paid respect to the giants of classic jazz through their classical training while infusing Hip Hop and R&B, resulting in a reinterpretation of Avant-Garde Jazz Fusion.
Guests were treated to an iconic pop-up performance by New York burlesque icon Dita Von Teese, who performed her unique burlesque style in a martini glass on the terrace of The Grill Cafe. In contrast, the monochromatic tea room Tease remained static to pique guests’ interest with an art installation centred on Retrofuturism, taking the venue’s already mesmerizing decor to another level.
With an industry-best sound system, purpose-built dancefloor and LED lighting system to rival the hippest of Bangkok’s nightclubs, The Club pulled out all the stops to show Bangkok how The Standard does it as lively conversations formed against a background of the soft soul performed by local vocalists, the restaurant hummed with an eccentric crowd dressed to the nines.
This beautiful hotel, nestled in the King Power Mahanakhon building, an international traveller’s playground to ‘Shop, Stay, Play, Eat’, has endured the most significant challenges throughout the pandemic, yet we persevered. Native New Yorkers Brandon Weems and Craigs Handfield complemented the all-star talent, representing the best in music’s rising stars. We are proud to bring our cherished Standard brand to Asia in true “Standard” fashion.
This stunning hotel has far exceeded our expectations in all ways. The guest list, a glamourous representation of the Standard global family, included Lewis Tan, Douglas Little, Jodi O’Keefe, Fiona Xie, Voramas Srivaddhanaprabha, Ravi Itiravivong, Prom and Chollada Sirisant, Paulie Sirisant, Kanachai Bencharongkul, Prinya Ruenprapan, Ploenchan Vinyaratn, Grit Jirakiertivadhana, Sittharmanin Susamawathanakun, Nittha and Tharaphut Khuhapremkit, Burin Boonvisut, Ben Bencharongkul, Aerin Yuktadatta, Oabnithi Wiwattanawarang, Manasaporn Chanchalerm, Chonlathorn Kongyingyong, Sarin Ronnakiat, Ploi Horwang, Chayanit Chansangavej, Mashannoad Suvanamas, Chutimon Chuengcharoensukying, Arak Amornsupasiri, Miriam Sornprommas, Metinee Kingpayome, Cindy Bishop, Rusameekae Fagerlund, Nattasha Bunprachom, Chalida Wijitvongtong, Jarinporn Joonkiat, Prinya Intachai, Nana Raibena and more. Leading up to and immediately following Onyx Collective was the very talented DJ duo musclecars.
For more information on The Standard, Bangkok Mahanakhon, please visit www.standardhotels.com/
Written by: Supaporn Pholrach (Joom)