14th Pattaya Music Festival begins tonight

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Beach Road from Dolphin Roundabout to Walking Street will be closed 4 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Thailand’s largest free music festival fires up Pattaya again this weekend, featuring a who’s who of Thai music on three stages along the beachfront.

The Pattaya Music Festival kicks off at 6pm Friday, running every night through 1 a.m. until March 20. The main stage will be located near the Hard Rock Hotel, the orange close to the intersection of Central Road, and the reggae stage moving from its customary Walking Street location to near Soi 4.

Beach Road from the Dolphin Roundabout to Walking Street will be closed from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. Parking will be offered at Central Festival, Royal Garden Plaza, Tesco Lotus North and South Pattaya, Chaimongkol Temple, and Pattaya School No. 8.

Highlighting the three nights of entertainment are Big Ass, Body Slam, Paradox, Black Head, Pang Nakarin and Buddha Bless, along with a selection of Asian groups and famous deejays.

Big Ass, Body Slam, Paradox and Buddha Bless will play the main stage Friday, with Songkran, The Voice, Sweet Mullet, Zeal, Retrospect and Ebola on the Orange stage, and Basset Hound, Sangkaya Pa Ploen Thai Doe Len, Jofax and Deep O’ Sea on the reggae stage.

Featured groups, organizers and supporters gather to announce this year’s Pattaya Music Festival, which gets underway tonight along Beach Road.

Saturday night features a main stage lineup of Buddha Bless, Cresendo, Modern Dog, Lomosonic and Labanoon. On the Orange stage will be The Jukks, Bedroom Audio, Apartment Khun Pa, Sixty Miles and The Richman Toy; and at Soi 4 will be Castaway, Samainiyom, 3 RD, Gold Red, Ska and Chance.

Sunday’s finale will see Yes’ sir Day, Play Ground, Black Head and Pang Nakarin at the Hard Rock; Ponglang (Lala & Lulu), Paowali, Chaiya Mitrchai and P’ Saderd at Central Road; and The Fisherman Friends, Baab Boh Tamon, Teddy Ska and Mocca Garden on the reggae stage.

For more information, contact 038-253-130 ext. 4115 or the Pattaya Call Center at 1337.