3 Stars

Travelled back to last Thursday (Jul 26), British duo Honne were back in Bangkok to headline Mangosteen Music Festival. The show was indeed flooded with massive crowd.

In their second return to Bangkok, the synth pop artists took the stage at for two nights in a row— Wednesday-Thursday, July 25-26. Alongside Honne, the festival also introduced the audience three nationally-renowned artists Mean, The Toys and Polycat. As expected, the crowd covered the hall with excitement and ecstasy for both nights.

Live review: Honne tried their best for their second night at Mangosteen Music Festival
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I went on the second night of the festival. The night started with Mean and Polycat. The former came on stage with their pop-rock-ish sound while the latter rocked the hall with their obvious Michael Jackson-inspired rhythm. All in all, they both caused the joyful screams, shouts and dance moves among the audience.

Honne appeared on stage not later than 15 minutes after the previous band gave the crowd a goodbye. British duo satisfied the hall with their one of the fresh singles “Forget Me Not”.

Live review: Honne tried their best for their second night at Mangosteen Music Festival
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Never left the crowd hanging in silence, James and Andy immediately rocked the night with the hit song from their upcoming album “You & Me”. The bittersweet romantic piece “Coastal Love” was sure to be on the setlist.

“This’s better than last night.” Greeted Andy as the duo finishing “Good Together”. The sentence, indeed, received a huge cheer from the crowd.

“We are gonna play new song now. It’s called ‘Location Unknown’.” Said Andy. Fans screamed with joy over what they’d just heard. And of course, fans never missed any word on the song even though it was pretty much just released.

Live review: Honne tried their best for their second night at Mangosteen Music Festival
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During the act, the backing vocalist Rebeka Prance enchanted the audience with her charming voice and moves. Judging from the harmony in vocals and instrumental sounds, this act is the best performance of the night to my perception. Hips swaying and hands waving in the air were spotted all over the place. Honne were successful with pleasing their fans with their upcoming studio effort Love Me / Love Me Not

Never left the fans’ anticipation in vain, Andy and James continued to infuse the night with “I Got You” and “3am”. However, it’s quite obvious that Andy’s voice was strangely adynamic.

Live review: Honne tried their best for their second night at Mangosteen Music Festival
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James paused the show for his introduction of 306. “The next song is about my shitty old car.” He went. The song was, indeed, an interesting track to dance along with Andy’s use of autotune. It was something new and unexpected, still, it delivered good fun to the crowd. The show went on with “Just Wanna Go Back”, “Just Dance”, “Sometimes”, “Someone That Loves You” and “All in The Value”. 

Again, James signed to the crowd that he had some declaration to state. “Everyone please give a hand to Andy. He lost his voice but he’s trying his best.” Asking for encouragement from the crowd, fans immediately cheered up Andy. The vocalist embraced fans’ support with “I love you so so so so much.” before announced the last song of the night “Day 1”.

Live review: Honne tried their best for their second night at Mangosteen Music Festival
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Even though the concert was a bit letdown for the second night, however, I got to give the duo a big applause for their spirit to carry out an enjoyable show. Also, despite the (too) loud and massive crowd, the show still made my day. Get well soon, Andy!

Special thanks to Warner Music ThailandMangosteen Music Festival, JAMM and Singha Music.
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