Authoritative History of one of Phnom Penh’s historic live music venues from 2007 until 2015
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- RARE CONERT RECORDINGS FOR SALE 200+ hours of MP3 files
- ART OPENINGS – Local artists before fame
- BAND ARCHIVES –
- SOLO ARTIST ARCHIVES
- COMEDY CLUB CAMBODIA / P.P. PUNCHLINERS
- FAREWELL – Written by Scott “Scoddy” Bywater
- BAR MENUS – prices seem very reasonable now.
- SPECIAL MENUS – Did you have a favorite special dish?
- MEGA VIDEO – 4+ Years in a 20 minute Video
- MINI-TOUR – Rare video of Equinox & Staff
- STORIES – Memories from customers, staff, & managers
- UNFORGETTABLE A few words for Big Mike
- YOUTUBE CONCERT ARCHIVES – Shows that were live streamed
EQUINOX PHOTO GALLERIES
There was fabulous nightlife before air-con, foo foo cocktails, and hard rock burgers for millenials, snowflakes, & punters.
- ART GALLERY – Phnom Penh’s artists’ openings
- BUILDING – Enjoy changes over the years.
- CONCERTS (NOT) – Gigs that cancelled.
- CUSTOMERS – Joy & pain serving you all.
- DANCING – Swing to Salsa with Bachata thrown in.
- DJ NIGHTS – Always spectacular talent.
- EVENTS – From normal to the bizarre.
- GIMME SHELTER – Benefit Concert for the Philippines.
- LENG PLENG ADS – Big music supporters they are.
- MISCELLANEOUS GRAPHICS – Oddities in ads.
- POP MUSIC QUIZ NIGHTS – Brecht van der Laan host
- PRESS – Articles & Interviews about us.
- SIGNAGE DELUXE – Mega-collection of graphics
- STAFF – Equinox’s friendly staff.
- SOUND, LIGHTS, & STAGE – Small but mighty venue.
- TRAINING – The staff was the best in town
- END OF EQUINOX – Phnom Penh’s boom?
LIST OF ARTISTS WHO PERFORMED AT EQUINOX
- 12Me’ & Raph – France
- 2 Shots & a Chaser
- Acoustic Sessions Setara
- Adobo Conspiracy
- Auric Eyes
- Bayon Blues
- Bokor Mountain Magic Band
- Bum n’ Draze
- Cambodian Space Project
- Creative Artist Night – 22 Solo Acts
- Diego Dimarques
- Digs – Canada
- Doctor Eggs – Hong Kong
- Dub Addiction
- Drums, Bass, & Horns
- Eastern Jazz Brigade
- El Dealbreakers
- Espresso Thmey
- Furor U5 – USA
- Gimme Shelter Benefit Concert
- Gobshite MGC
- Grass Snake Union
- Green Mist
- GTS Jazz Quartet
- Holey Bucket Union
- Holiday In Cambodia
- Java – France
- Jaworski 7
- Jumpin Jacks
- Kampot Playboys
- Kok Thlok
- KTFM – Germany
- Klap Your Hands
- Lazy Drunks
- Les Frogs – Laos
- Little Duke & the Mekong Blues Messengers
- Lottie Dah – USA
- Los Hermanos
- Los Illustrado
- Los Poporks
- Love Below – Viet Nam
- Mekong Messengers
- Mekong Pirates
- Milk Teeth – Hong Kong
- Moi Tiet!
- Naby – France
- Na Zdorovoie International Corporation
- Octopus – France
- Open Mic Night
- Paul Janovskis & Matt Dwyer – Australia
- Potato Stars – Australia
- Power of Love
- Phnom Penh Hippy Orchestra
- Professor Kinski
- Quality Drops
- Rhiannon Johnson Quintet
- Rio Samaya
- Sangvar Day
- Shambolic 69
- Sonic Detergent
- Sopbai Hannuka Klezmer Band
- Soren Borch and The Dudley Do-Rights
- Starch – Switzerland
- Submarine Brass Band – France
- Syse Swing
- Tango & Snatch
- Taxi Guys
- Teaner Terners
- Tiny Toones
- Ukes of Hazard
- Wanderlusters – Viet Nam
- Will and the People – United Kingdom
Some spectacular performances
|The 1st Creative Artist Night
Billy Page, Conrad Keely, TJ Brown
CREATIVE ARTISTS FROM EVERY CORNER OF THE GLOBE
- Billy Page UK
- Chino De Nogales – Coulmbia
- Clayton England – USA
- Conrad Keely – USA
- Derry Pigweed – UK
- Jerby Salas Santo – Philipines
- Joe Wrigley – UK
- Joshua Chiang – Singapore
- Keith Kenny – USA
- Keren Keziah – Philipines
- Kosal Khiev – USA
- Leonard Reyes – Philipines
- Lisa Concepcion – Philipines
- Michelle Flemming – Belgium
- Papa Dub – France
- Richard Marshall – UK
- Robin Narciso – Italy
- Roxanne Dumant – Belgium
- Scott Bywater – Tazmania
- Sonny Inbaraj Krishnan – Australia
- Sophie Rose – UK
Frontman for Grass Snake Union
Comedy Nights or was it Phnom Penh Punchliners?
To write about a favourite bar – even a popular one – is quite a personal act. It’s hard to be objective, because most of the hard facts simply aren’t about what it is that is created, and what it is that either exists or ceases to exist. The fixtures and fittings are stripped away, the rosters and the procedures and the finances evaporate, and what is left is memory, emotions, anecdotes, bonds. Experiences, as I wrote somewhere else, are the only things we truly own.
I met Equinox over five years ago. I can’t be sure, but I think the very first time was the bar’s fourth birthday party, on the 15th January 2010, when one of the crazy chaotic-first-month versions of the Cambodian Space Project played. The late lamented Los Poporks played first. In those days the stage spilled out onto the street, and the audience blocked the traffic. It was thought of as a “French place”. There was a tiny bar upstairs where somehow social swing dancing was held every Thursday on a dance floor with all the space of a tuk-tuk.
Something of a boom in the expat music scene started that year, with many bands and venues rising and falling, and Equinox caught the wave and occasionally surfed in advance of it. Sound-proofing was developed to overcome neighbour problems. Walls were removed, and the stage pushed back – twice – to make a dance floor on which the swing dancers could properly twist and strut, that could be packed solid by the likes of Durian and Grass Snake Union, culminating in the world domination policy of Dub Addiction. Many a Space Project tour was bookended by farewell and welcome back shows.
All things must pass, and in some ways it is more surprising that such a place as Equinox was able to survive so long in the face of such changes in the Phnom Penh social, cultural, economic environment. Audiences change, scenes morph, even as we rage against the dying of the light.
We – the audiences, the musicians – will remember the accumulated beats and squeals and howls that the walls and floors absorbed, the sweat and the spillages and the shouts, hoots, and hollering, Marco’s enduring passion for the music, Anthony’s dedication to constant improvement and improvised maintenance, the staff who smiled and laughed and remembered what we ordered.
I remember the night the Cambodian Space Project broke the electricity system, Los Poporks doing a mindblowing medley of Take Five and Whole Lotta Love, the night of Los Cambodian Space Pirates. I remember Chhan Dina’s first exhibition. I remember WASH and Scoddy & the Quality Drops (both versions) and the mighty Moi Tiet and the intimate Expresso Thmei. I remember TJ’s farewell gig with Grass Snake Union, after which I wrote these words:
when the sweat has chilled,
and the applause evaporated,
the salty tang of the memories remain,
stained into the lives of those for whom
it meant something.
moment upon moment,
what more can we ask?
rock me, mamma, moi tiet, moi tiet,
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“I’m no writer, I can barely remember all those years ago in Phnom Penh.” Richie
“Yes, I have memories of my breakfasts and extended lunches. Nothing about concerts but I do miss the place. PP feeling different without Eq…and it’s not better.” Ding Dong
“If you visit Equinox on Street 278 today, you will find an empty, boarded-up building. Seems like a strange choice for inclusion in a list of reasons why Phnom Penh has a cool music scene? Equinox was…” more Joe
Remembering a Live Music Supporter, Respectul Competitor, & Dear Friend