Secret Stage at BMMF9, 2018 Toilets, tunnel & bananas

Design team: Pitupong Chaowakul with Theerayut Somtua, Rachanone Thaikaew, Krit Parephan, Rachanone Thaikaew, Suttahathai Niyomwas and Nattaphon Worawanitchaphong

Light plotting: Duckunit

Location: Big Mountain Music Festival 9, The Ocean, Nakornratchasima, Thailand

Client: Gan & GMM Grammy

Photograph: Supermachine Studio

Big Mountain Music festival is truely meant to be for every one. In its 9th edition, there are music from almost all Genre across 10 stages. One of the stages that emphasizes this mindset is a stage called “Secret stage” ran by Trasher, a Thai party organizer famous among LGBT group. The model of this attraction is an evolution from Soi 2 stage appeared in BMMF3-BMMF6, a dance show-based stage with DJ in the center.

Ref image: A poster of 1966 American film “Fantastic Voyage”
Ref image: Scene from Fantastic Voyage, a shrunken crew travelling inside the body

The design is largely inspired by 1966 American Sci-fi movie, Fantastic voyage which is a story of a shrunk microscopic submarine that travel inside an injured scientist. In the movie, there are scenes showing the crews traveling into human’s vain and organs fighting with unwanted entities that cause disease.

Our idea is to hide the enclosed stage behind the toilet units as main idea is to make it a hidden attraction. Once entering the toilets door, people will go through a tunnel of stretched fabric flooded with dimmed black light. Then they will be directed to the main pub space where the stage on the other end is the main focus.

The main entrance of the stage is a 3 standing toilet units put in front of a corrugated zinc wall.

At our garage, our test mock up of the stretched fabric for the tunnel

During day time, a stand up comedy show filled up the tunnel

At night, “A Secret Fantastic Voyage”

Ref image from SB furniture ads: A Typical LI-KAE stage set up
“DJ ฺBANANA”

For the stage, it takes a very primitive approach referencing a stage construction of Thailand’s traditional play, LI-KAE. It is composed of multi-layered painted curtain. With painted graphic on it, the backdrop creates an perspective illusion of a grand room in palace suiting LI-KAE stories. Our version of Secret stage back drop is printed with intestine graphic simply to suit a voyage into the body theme. However lighting placement is configured not in LI_KAE’s way but clubbing configuration. DJ booth is set in the center decorated with fresh thousand of bananas making it feel like he is performing in a pile of fresh fruits.

During day time Stand up comedy performance
Night time Trasher’s show

HIP HOP stage at BMMF9, 2018

Design team: Pitupong Chaowakul with Sujinda Kawkam, Katanyoo Angwatanapanich

Location: Big Mountain Music Festival 9, The Ocean, Nakornratchasima, Thailand

Client: Gan & GMM Grammy

Light plotting: Jiro Endo

Light operation: T Lighting

Hip-Hop stage is a brand new stage at Big Mountain Music Festival 9, 2018, making it the 10th stage in the event. Corresponding to the sharp rising popularity of the Genre in Thailand, the stage has to accommodate quite a number of Thai hip-hop fans. We made it an open stage following Big Mountain stage design fashion… a hip-hop crowd in a green field (but because of the unusual heavy rainfall on the first day, it became a stage on a mud field.)

Our design approach is to make a very subtle backdrop in triangular shape yet can be transformed to an aggressive/active scenography that suit hip-hop genre. The backdrop is simply composed of 2 pieces of stretched black curtains over-layed on steel scaffolding system. The blackness of the fabrics is enough to hide presence of lighting fixture and translucent enough for light to emit through. During daytime the stage is almost like a black pyramid standing on a green field, while during the night, energy is transmitted to audiences in the form of lights.

Be late BMMF 2017 photo update

BMMF8_02Big Mountain 9 will take place in a little more than 2 week, it’s our bad habit not to wrap up the year before’s work. However it’s nice that we don’t forget it and do it now rather than not. Big Mountain 2017 was quite a success. 70,000 people attended the event and had fun for 2 nights in the mountain at Pak Chong, Thailand. As usual, we design a handful of elements in the festival for people to enjoy with. Looking forward to the coming event in a few weeks already.. It’s a mountain time.

“This is it” Glass hopper is ready for Big Mountain II

After 8 months of preparation, Supermachine Studio with Jiro Endo team under the name “Glass hopper” is ready for production for Big Mountain music festival II at Bonanza, Saraburi. The construction on site has already started on over 20 items we design, from stages, facilities to tiny event rubber stamps.

Some images from the construction going on at the site at the moment:

The cow gate is back welcoming people

 

Ratchaprasong market 100+ units of outdoor shopping

Collective bath in "men" toilet

Shower units at Toilet city

A-KOH-JON Pub aka. Circus Pub

Big Mountian Music Festival I (Final)

During Big Mountain Music Festival from 5-7th Feburary 2010 in Khao Yai, Thailand, there were more than 25,000 people joining the event. The 2 day-2 night music festival make it one of the biggest outdoor music event in Thailand. Supermachine Studio and Team Jiro would like to present to you some images of the completed project as we (as event designers) spent 1 year in advance preparing the project. In the project, there are a lot of architecture, installation & stage design that interpret contemporary Thai society. (Details of some items can be trace from the side bar category; Big Mountain Music Festival. More will be posted)

Photographs: courtesy of Gayray Team and Pitupong Chaowakul