Friday, June 4, 2010


The new edition of AsiaLife came into my possession today and it confirms that the first of the Mekong Sessions acts to perform in Phnom Penh will be Leonard Cohen, the 'godfather of gloom,' indoors at the Olympic Stadium on 27 November. Cohen is on a world tour and Phnom Penh will be his only SEAsia date. If we believe AsiaLife, this will be the first of some really high profile names, though I must admit I don't know any Leonard Cohen songs even though he's classed as a music legend. There's a lot of talk about high ticket prices for the gig - we shall see what transpires. However $3 for the Cambodian Space Project at the Railway Station in Phnom Penh tomorrow (Saturday) night looks like a bargain. Another revelation in the magazine is that Johan Smits, sometimes writer for the Phnom Penh Post newspaper and proofreader for AsiaLife, will be holding a book launch at Monument Books on Thursday 24 June at 6pm for his first novel, Phnom Penh Express. The author calls his thriller novel "pure entertainment' and as the title suggests, it's set solely in the capital. From 24 June you can be the judge.
With Meta House relocating away from next to Wat Botum on 24 June, they'll kick-off from their new headquarters, on Sothearos Boulevard in from the BBU/Khemerak University, and known as Meta House: Cambodian German Cultural Center, the following day with a new art exhibition involving Cambodian artists called Pharmacide. On 27 June they will screen the film Same Same But Different in Khmer with English subtitles twice in one evening. Whilst they are still in their old location, on 9 June, Joel Montague returns to present a lecture on the marketing of Angkor in France over three decades using his incredible collection of postcards and ephemera.

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Blogger mark said...

Andy - the Leonard Cohen gig will be anmnounced internationally in the media next week. I beleive pre-sales make it practically a sell-out. You can read about it online soon when we relaunch the website, when people can download the magazine for the first time.

June 5, 2010 at 12:06 PM  
Blogger Andy Brouwer said...

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June 5, 2010 at 5:01 PM  
Blogger mark said...

not my place to comment. just reporting the news and interviewing the organisers. hope it helps to put pp on the concert map though. if this works more might follow - including free concerts.

June 5, 2010 at 7:24 PM  
Anonymous James said...

Leonard Cohen is pretty damn good. He wrote that song Hallelujah which has been covered by many people from Tim Buckly and many more.

Does anybody know what the price range will be?

And when will Steel Pulse be coming to Cambodia?

June 7, 2010 at 1:12 PM  
Anonymous note said...

I saw Leonard Cohen playing in Melbourne last year (? time flies), he might be expensive but you get your moneys worth with him (he played for like 3 hours - pretty good for a guy who's in his 70's). Hearing this has made my day cheers :D

June 7, 2010 at 5:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This Cohen concert will be much, much more expensive than the one you saw in Melbourne. In fact it will be one of the most expensive pop concerts in history, including the Rolling Stones at the Beacon in 06.

I agree with Andy, little chance of a sellout. I'm betting Cohen himself has no idea what the ticket prices are, and I'm also betting the administrative expenses the promoters will collect will belie the notion of it being a benefit concert.

It won't be selling out except to Hun Sen and his cronies, and they will of course be given free tickets.

August 2, 2010 at 1:40 AM  

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