The Ghost Inside’s Asian tour started out like most western bands’ Asian tours, with stops in China, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Japan, while Vietnam watched from the sidelines. On May 14, it turned into this — 150 sweat-soaked Vietnamese metalheads circle-pitting the floor of Hard Rock, as lead singer Jonathan Vigil intoned dire death growls in songs and uplifting crowd banter before the next.
Returning for their third trip to Vietnam, psychedelic rock-cum-Cambodian 1960s pop outfit Dengue Fever will be playing Cargo Bar (7 Nguyen Tat Thanh, Q4) on Jun. 7. Word catches up with band co-founder and guitarist Zac Holtzman.
Just ahead of the development at Ho Tram Strip, Banyan Tree has grand-opened the first integrated resort in Vietnam. A cocoon of luxury, nearly 300 rooms, suites and villas divided between two hotels are spread over 280 hectares of land, all framed by 3km of gold sand beach and the sweaty peaks of the Annamite Mountains behind. Laguna Lang Co will eventually encompass six more planned hotels and residences, a shopping district, many other up-in-the-air possibilities, all connected by pan-Asian restaurants, golf carts and a ferry along a resort-wide canal. Nick Faldo designed their golf course, and by the look of things, many other clever minds have been at work.
It was over breakfast with a well-known restaurateur that the topic came up. A wine retailer and wine bar, Vino likes to mix and match. Along with their tapas fare they run a great weekend breakfast menu, with dishes you won’t find anywhere else in the city. And yet blatantly missing is the standard fry-up — the bacon, eggs, sausage, beans and tomatoes that is as Irish as it is English as it is Australian.
With two top 10 hits in the Australian charts already under their belts, The Cub Scouts arrive in Vietnam on the back of four performances at Music Matters in Singapore. We talk to singer / songwriter and keyboard player, Tim Nelson