NEW BEE-GINNINGS: The Bee’s brick-and-mortar renovations, replete with landscaped terrace, will create an intimate venue for scene-setting programming that champions leftfield genres and international performances
KUALA LUMPUR, 7 FEB — In support of The Bee at Publika’s ever-growing evolution, the new year will see the newer-and-improved The Bee set its sights on solidifying its reputation as one of the region’s go-to live music venue for inventive resident DJ parties, themed gigs and international music showcases.
“We’re taking what we do best and doing it better. The Bee has always been, at its heart, a community-driven and functional musical space, having hosted intimate encounters with the likes of Grimes, Lucy Rose, Mac DeMarco and The Vaccines. The Bee is set to re-launch to be the epicenter for music, live, local and beyond, ” said The Bee’s founder and director Adrian Yap.
Get ready to rock, roll and go along for the ride as The Bee at Publika doubles down on its programming to be a more dedicated live music venue, bringing with it an even sharper, stronger focus for local, regional and international acts.
Its sell-out Upfront series returns this year to showcase leftfield, rising international artists for evenings of thrills and spills. To start, French hip hop beatmaker Onra (“Ms. Ho”, “The Anthem”) takes to the stage on 24 Feb to play a live show as well as a DJ set; Australian anthem rock band The Temper Trap (“Sweet Disposition”, “Trembling Hands”) plays The Bee on 9 March; and Canadian brother-and-sister electronic act Tennyson (“Lay-By”, “With You”) is set to charm the crowd on 18 March.
Always in support of music live and local, The Bee introduces new resident events and recurring nights in collaboration with the crème de la crème of local artists and music collectives. KL’s premiere nu-disco and indie rock DJ outfit Indiego & Co has found a new home on Saturday nights at its host The Bee, kicking off with its comeback gig on 25 Feb. The Bee will also debut Femme Bam, its live show curated by girls and for girls monthly on Thursdays. The foremost and fiercest proponents of independent hip hop in Malaysia, Raising The Bar hosts its very own hip hop shindig every last Wednesday of every month. Meanwhile, on 26 Feb over The Bee’s re-opening weekend, KL’s cult sneakerheads collective KLKIX will host a sneaker swap meet.
To mark The Bee’s mission of music excellence, it sheds its neighbourhood café skin to re-surface as a cozy, dive bar-esque live music venue. Monumental redesigns and restorations have been made to maximise the music experience at The Bee, transforming it into a premium live music venue. Its indoor space has been revamped into a live music bar open from 5pm until late, while maintaining its all-day dining services at its outdoor patio from 10am until late on Mondays through Fridays, and 9am until late on weekends.
Make your way into the music hall inside through the Broadway-style incandescent marquee and ticketing booth, a sign of things to come inside. A complete overhaul of the stage, which comes with the latest lighting rigs and state-of-the-art sound system, serves to give The Bee’s renowned shows a much welcomed edge for music lovers, by music lovers. The space has increased its seating and standing capacity to fit up to 500 guests, thanks to new indoor bleachers that guarantee intimate ringside experience during live sets.
The World Is Flat — the pizza joint and sandwich stop celebrated in Singapore’s culinary circles — is set to take over the kitchen at The Bee. This is no foodie fling; with The World Is Flat serving at The Bee by this month’s end, you’ll be able to sample playful, unrestrained food with a modern take on pizza and sandwiches. Think charcoal deep dishes and flaky puff pastries, with bread and dough prepared from scratch onsite, as well as toppings such as duck confit and house cured salmon.
Meanwhile outdoors, punters partial to al fresco dining can expect pre- and post-gig good times at the all-new landscaped cantina-style terrace, replete with a mural commissioned to the city’s finest street artists.
The Bee Publika Opening Hours:
Monday to Friday, 10am until late
Saturday and Sunday, 9am until late
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|Femme Bam||Indiego & Co.||Raising The Bar|
|Dates||Every Thursday starting
|Every Saturday starting
|Last Wednesdays of the month starting 29 Mar|
|Time||9:30 pm – 12 am||10pm – 2am||9 pm – 12 am|
|Ticketing||Free Entry||Free Entry||Free Entry|
Upfront Series at The Bee Publika presents:
|Profile||Globetrotting French hip-hop producer Onra has staked his claim as one of the most exciting beatmakers in recent years. Onra evidently takes influences from a hugely eclectic range of sounds, from Jazz through to Funk and RnB; carefully and respectfully using these styles to craft a unique and refreshing take on traditional Hip-Hop. He will be playing a live show as well as DJ set.|
|Date||24 February, Friday|
|Time||8pm – 12am|
|Ticket Price||RM78 / RM98|
The Temper Trap
|Description||With their choirboy vocals and panoramic pop/rock sound, The Temper Trap started building an audience in Melbourne, Australia. ‘Sweet Disposition’ may have been their not-so-secret weapon, but they backed it up with an album of nuanced epic-pop perfection and a work ethic that they have been working on for the past three years called, Thick as Thieves.|
|Date||9 March, Thursday|
|Time||8pm – 12am|
|Ticket Price||Pre-sale ticket – RM148
Regular ticket – RM168
|Description||Coming from a family of classically trained musicians, Luke (production) and sister Tess (drums/percussion) have always been performers. They took their first shot at a full project, releasing jazz cover albums and dabbling into electronic music shortly after. The Upfront show will mark Tennyson’s debut performance in Malaysia.|
|Date||18 March, Saturday|
|Time||8pm – 12am|
|Ticket Price||Pre-sale ticket – RM48
Regular ticket – RM68
About The Bee
The Bee is about much more than its menu; it’s a space where communities congregate, converse, and create. Since 2010, The Bee has supported a coterie of multi-arts, multi-cultural movers, shakers and doers: it has hosted disco-themed barbecues, dining theatre, and divination readings; and is the site for side-splitting comedy revues and spirited quiz nights. The Bee at Jaya One has hosted the long-running Feedback open mic nights since December 2011.
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