Top Thai bands battle/entertain at Cultural Music Festival

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TYO orchestra vs. the Vie Trio band.
TYO orchestra vs. the Vie Trio band.

The biggest names in Thai music came together in Pattaya for the Thailand Cultural Music Festival.

Tourism Authority of Thailand Deputy Gov. Sujitra Jongchansitto kicked off the May 31-June 1 concert series with top Pattaya and Chonburi officials.

Pan, lead singer of Vie Trio, belts out another popular hit.
Pan, lead singer of Vie Trio, belts out another popular hit.

Relocated from Bali Hai Pier to Pattaya Beach this year, the second-annual festival featured Top 5 artists spanning country and Issan music as well as mainstream Thai pop.

Spanning Beach Road from Central Festival Pattaya Beach and the Hard Rock Hotel, the festival also featured 40 booths offering tasty dishes and products from each of Thailand’s four major regions, games and activities.

There were also plenty of places to snap photos, including displays made of rice to reflect country’s music’s Issan roots.

On stage over the two days was a who’s who of Thai music facing off for musical battles, including TYO Orchestra vs. Vie Trio and Yingyoung Yodbuangam; Mild vs. The Rube with Nang Sida; Pu Jan Longmic vs. rapper Ken Noi Roy Lila with Lana Culture; and Neung Apiwat vs. Infinity Band.

Solo acts taking the spotlight were Tata Young, Keng Tachaya, Kot Jakapan and Eid Pong Lang Saon.

40 booths offered delicious Thai food and local craft products.
40 booths offered delicious Thai food and local craft products.
A musician plays the traditional ranad ek instrument.
A musician plays the traditional ranad ek instrument.
Ripley’s Believe it or Not sent a pair of bewitching ambassadors to the event.
Ripley’s Believe it or Not sent a pair of bewitching ambassadors to the event.
Isaan song and dance formed a large part of the festival.
Isaan song and dance formed a large part of the festival.
Ancient Thai fighters pose with a lady in Ayutthaya period costume and the legendary ghost Mae Nak.
Ancient Thai fighters pose with a lady in Ayutthaya period costume and the legendary ghost Mae Nak.
Large numbers of Thai and foreign tourists attended the concerts and cultural exhibits along Pattaya Beach Road.
Large numbers of Thai and foreign tourists attended the concerts and cultural exhibits along Pattaya Beach Road.