BRITISH rock sensation Placebo will play Angkor Wat's first rock concert in what is expected to be the highlight of an MTV EXIT campaign against human trafficking that kicks off Saturday in Sihanoukville.
The 18-month tour will touch down in Kampong Cham on November 29 before the December 7 Placebo gig, which will also feature Grammy Award winner Duncan Sheik and Australian pop-star Kate Miller-Heidke.
The US band Click Five will also join the tour, which wraps up at Phnom Penh's Olympic Stadium on December 12.
"It's just one of the most breathtaking and unique places I have ever spent time in really," Placebo's 35-year-old lead singer Brian Molko said of the Angkor Wat, which he visited three years ago as a tourist.
Since its beginnings in 2004 in Eastern Europe, MTV EXIT has developed as a full-blown concert series with stops across Asia.
This tour is the second phase of a two-year project funded by USAID in Asia, organisers say.
The first phase was a 30-minute documentary about human trafficking. Presented by actress Angelina Jolie, the film tells the stories of people who work in the trafficking industry and its victims.
It was widely circulated around Asia in nine languages and played on CNTV in Cambodia.
"We chose Cambodia as a testing ground [for the concerts] because our documentary was received really well here," said Matt Love, EXIT's campaign manager.
After the Cambodia concerts, the tour will continue on to the Philippines, Taiwan, Vietnam, Thailand, Nepal and Indonesia, with special guest acts to be announced for each country.
A number of local groups will play throughout the Cambodian tour, including special recording artists, Pou Klaing.
The MTV EXIT campaign is fully sponsored by the US government and locally supported by QB, making the concerts free.
ADDITIONAL REPORTING BY AFP