As the strumming of chords reverberated within the cozy walls of the apartment, the lead vocalist/poet rapped words that took alliteration to the next level. That night flew by with many original compositions of Watsky, Kanta Dab Dab, Jacek Chmiel and Damoon Yaghoobi – the Duo and Kalpana Pu; but it was their music that spoke to me rather than their names.
Sofar Sounds was founded to bring back the magical experience of live events that has been lost. In 2009, Rafe Offer and Rocky Start invited some friends over to their London flat for a low-key intimate gig. Eight people gathered in their living room to listen to live music performed by their friend and musician Dave Alexander. They shared a drink and sat on the floor, while attentively listening to the music.
Quickly, what started as a hobby in London spread into a global community for artists and audiences to come together in unique and welcoming spaces – with an added element of surprise – to share, discover, create and, hopefully make a friend or find their new favorite band along the way. Since December 2017, Sofar has finally come to Kathmandu happening in quiet and subdued venues of strong cultural and artistic values.
One must first send an online application for a ‘free ticket’ up until five days before the show. At this stage, only the date and time is revealed; so, wannabe guests would not know the name of bands that are going to perform.
Then, if you’re among the few chosen to attend the event, you’ll receive an email asking for your confirmation three days ahead of the event. After you’ve locked in your seats, you’ll receive an email disclosing the location and a link to a map of to the location the next day. When you’ll get there, you’ll realise that you’re sharing the moment in an amazing setting with group of extraordinary people. You won’t find out who’s playing until you get there, so join the event with an open mind. You may even discover your new favourite artist!
Hosts are the one who are willing to open their spaces and let the music in. They must apply on the website giving details about their city and the neighbourhood they live in, and the capacity of the space. If the application is successful, they will hear back from someone from the local team within a few weeks.
Volunteers are the driving force of Sofar Sounds. These are the individuals who work tirelessly to find hosts, organise and decorate the setting for the show, discover artists, run events and do photography, video, and audio. They are the ones who transform everyday spaces into a captivating venue.