Pattaya’s eagerly awaited international music festival will be coming to town on 14 and 15 June. The Music Festival has been missing from the Pattaya events calendar since 2016 and makes a welcome return. The event is hugely popular with both Thais and foreigners and attracts some top performers from Thailand, Asia and across the world. Most musicians view being invited to play at the festival as being a big honour so naturally jump at the chance to perform.
Each time the event is held, Pattaya Beach Road is closed to create a carnival-like feeling with stalls set up selling traditional Thai food, Thai souvenirs along with drinks stands. The main stage is on Beach Road and attracts literally hundreds of music fans each time the event is held. Obviously, the top acts take centre stage and this year it is predicted that it will be the biggest music festival yet and City Hall is receiving plenty of plaudits for bringing the event back.
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If the main stage is somewhat claustrophobic for you, there will also be smaller stages on North Pattaya Beach Road and another one on Jomtien Beach. Impromptu performers will also be performing unofficially but this is something that is welcomed and encouraged. The event is all about fun and enjoying yourself so anything that helps with this is, of course, a bonus.
You don’t have to worry about your favourite style of music being played as all genres will feature at some point. K-Pop and R&B are obvious favourites, especially amongst the younger generations but you will also be able to find plenty of rock music, jazz, some blues and perhaps even reggae will be thrown in as well for good measure! Many of the local music bars also enter into the spirit of things so if you can’t find your favourite music on one of the stages, you could always go to one of the bars instead.
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One of the main bonuses is that it is completely free unlike many other music festivals around the world that are often viewed as being money making racquets. With this year’s event expected to be huge, some have predicted that it will only be surpassed by New Year’s celebrations and Songkran. Pattaya is well known for being a multi-cultural city so a truly international event seems completely appropriate and does beg the question why it has been absent from the events calendar for the last couple of years.
Local businesses always experience the benefits of the festival with the large influx of people coming to the city. Local, talented artists will also get the opportunity to showcase their talents on a stage that is perhaps far bigger than what they have experienced before. The atmosphere at the event is always superb and tends to bring people together regardless of where they are from in Thailand or indeed, the rest of the world. In fact, City has dubbed the event a “red ribbon event to highlight the diversity of Pattaya and the ASEAN Community”.