Music in Hanoi

Complaining is a popular pastime in Hanoi. Expats complain about the weather, about the food, about the traffic, about Vietnamese people, about the markets, about backpackers, about housing, about the bars, about development and, among countless other things, about the music scene. People like me I guess complain about all the people that complain. So it goes.

Anyway. This post is about music. While Hanoi isn’t NYC or London or anywhere else with numerous nightly shows and bands constantly touring through, the scene here is a lot more vibrant and diverse than most people first assume. Last month I took portraits of 15 different musicians/bands for The Word Hanoi magazine. Styles ranged from indie rock to jazz to experimental folk to classical to teen pop to idol winners to stoner metal and beyond. That’s pretty diverse. They were all based in Hanoi. So yeah. I say: Less talk. More rock.

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