Dynamic, intuitive and fantastical, the show starts from 8pm, and available from L'Espace, tickets are VND100,000, or VND50,000 for L’Espace members and students with appropriate ID. Check out the band at www.myspace.com/limousineband
If you're starting to suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder with the on-set of winter, don't fret — there is some respite for you. Synergy Music Productions offer weekly Sunday Winter Warmer Sessions at Hanoi Rock City (2pm to 7pm), featuring live music, DJs, arts activities, a camp fire and a barbecue. Entry is free and families are welcome. Check out smpasia.org for more information.
Renowned for programming some of the cities best events year-round, the CAMA boys are now embarking on one of their most challenging ventures yet — the opening of their own, brand new city-centre venue. If their standard of events in the past have anything to go by, this venue is likely to be the talk of the town for all the right reasons. Watch these pages for an official opening date or visit www.camafestival.com for the official announcement.
Tucked down a bumpy lane in what feels like the wrong direction, Chez Xuan is nestled upon an area of wasteland, which for a brief moment, tricks you into believing you've left the city for the countryside. And who needs walls anyway? This venue lends itself well to Hanoi's varying and sometimes quick changing weather conditions — it has two open spaces, both three-quarters wall-less and airy. The venue has to be the city’s least claustrophobic building. While the space works well as an interesting wedding venue alternative, it really comes to life when the dance floor's packed and the bar’s rammed. This year the establishment has been utilised by the likes of CAMA and Future Shorts, whose bands and films have attracted hundreds of revellers to the site. The food is good; excellent portions and reasonable prices, the cocktails — well, I can't remember — I may have had one too many, but Chez Xuan is an away-from-it-all venue right on your doorstep. Chez Xuan Restaurant Garden Bar & Grill is at No 41, Lane 76, An Duong, Tay Ho.
Bread & Circus — aka Phuong Dang and Luke Destefano — are familiar faces on the Hanoi music scene. The pair tirelessly programme, promote and participate in Cinematheque's regular Cine-Music sessions, and can also be spotted performing at venues and events all around the city. Arguably the city's hardest working musical duo, the pair cite influences ranging from Muse to Fiona Apple to Tom Waits. By some miracle they've managed to find time to record and release their debut EP, which is no mean feat considering they only formed during the summer. Featuring their trademark blend of strong female vocals, elegant piano, drums and guitar, the group’s EP can be picked up at their lives shows, but for more information check out facebook.com/breadncircus.
Debbie has more than 10 years experience in the international live music sector as a booking agent, gig promoter and professional vocalist