Pattaya Music Festival this weekend

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Expect heavy traffic

At least 35 Thai bands and musical artists will take to two beachside stages as the Pattaya Music Festival returns for the 14th time March 20-22.

Expect heavy traffic over the weekend throughout Pattaya as hundreds of thousands of music lovers are expected. Beach Road and all side streets from Dolphin Roundabout to Walking Street will be closed from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. during the festival.

Security will also be tight on both water and land, as hundreds of police and traffic control volunteers, as well as fire trucks, will be stationed throughout the area.

Concert goers will be frisked for potential weapons before being allowed to enter both main stage areas. At the past events, selfie-sticks and cigarette lighters also have been confiscated.

Mobile toilets will be available near the main stages, and toilet facilities at shopping malls along Beach Road also will be open.

Parking is available at shopping malls and at Pattaya School #8 in South Pattaya, but police advise people to use public transportation whenever possible to reduce traffic.

Deputy Mayor Ronakit Ekasingh said during the March 17 concert announcement at city hall that, due to traffic congestion caused by the new tunnel project, this year’s music festival will only feature two stages, situated at Hard Rock Hotel (the main stage) and Walking Street’s old pier (the mini stage), reduced from 6 stages in 2014. He added, “Although we have reduced the number stages and bands/music artists this year due to traffic issues, we still assure fun filled entertainment with a variety of music like the previous years.”

Full details and schedule of events appears on

Rock on the Gulf – Pattaya Music Festival 2015