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The Hip Bar is the latest nightclub to open up in Korat and the quality of the place is stunning. It's rare that you see a bar or club where no expense has been spared in the city, but the lengths that the owners have gone to in refurbishing what was a very average nightclub 4 or 5 years ago are very impressive.
The band start at 11:00pm and play until 1:15am, they then take a break and start again at 2:00am until 3:30am. The DJ's then continue until the club closes at 5:00am.
The band are the standard Thai nightclub format of drums, bass, keyboard and guitar with about 8 vocalists who sing in turn alone or doing duets. There are also five female and four male dancers to really put a show on.
The stage and sound system are all of the highest quality. But I have to make a small complaint about the sound engineers who tend to really boost the bass and sub bass with very little high end. It's fine when they are playing the DJ sets with dance music but for the band a fuller mix would sound better.
The lighting system is incredible and is far better than in any other club in Korat and equal to any in the better Bangkok clubs, to be honest it wouldn't be out of place in a top London, New York or Ibiza nightclub.
The stage has one massive screen, not a projector screen but a full display screen at the back and three smaller screens each side of it. These are used to display graphics behind the band, display adverts for the club and upcoming concerts and even to show football games.
The band play about 5 English language songs to every Thai song for most of the night, but tend to up the proportion of Thai songs near the end. They play mainly pop, R&B, rap, and rock, covering such acts as Lily Allen, Jessie J, Ronan Keating, Eminem, Rihanna, Usher, Shaggy, Travie McCoy, Britney Spears, Maroon 5, Kelly Clarkson, Black-eyed Peas, Aerosmith, Linkin Park, Shakira, Bon Jovi, Beyonce, Three Door Cinema Club and Jay Z. Their Thai repertoire is the usual fare you'd expect in a nightclub; Bodyslam, Silly Fools, Loso, etc.
If you fancy a night out in a western style nightclub then you won't find a better place than Hip Bar, check it out soon!
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