The Pattaya Music Festival is an annual event that takes place every year around the second week of March. In 2016 it was held between Friday 18th through to Sunday 20th of March.
Hardly surprising it is a celebration of music held in downtown Pattaya that incorporates a host of international talent from all over southeast Asia and further afield.
The progressive City Hall of Pattaya promote the event not just to bring extra tourism to the city but also to offer something back to the population of Pattaya that is free and fun.
In 2016 three open air stages were erected on and around Beach Road, each one offering a different genre of music, even a Reggae Stage was an option. The whole festival was also featured live on TV and Pattaya’s exposure as the entertainment capital of Thailand could be seen by all.
The atmosphere was electric all weekend as the free party exuded camaraderie and friendship all over town, it turned out as it was billed “A red ribbon event to highlight the diversity of Pattaya and the ASEAN Community”
Unlike many similar events in the world, The Pattaya Music Festival is not a vehicle to fleece people attending. The whole event is free, if you want to buy some food or a beer then local street vendors will be happy to oblige and normal everyday prices.
In 2016 the lineup of performers included; Lemuseen, Big Ass, Body Slam, Labanoon, Paradox, DJ Soli / Rania, SDF and Pang Nakarin.
In some respects the Pattaya Music Festival is a little like Songkran but without the water of course. Streams of festival goers stroll along Beach Road from one venue to another, grazing on food and beer as they look for their favourite artists to have a boogie to.
The atmosphere is in no way as frenetic as Songkran and it is more laid back, punters just chillin’ and enjoying top class live music in the open air for free, what is not to like about that?
Pattaya is an extraordinary multicultural place anyway, but it is great to see visitors from all over the world with one common interest coming together, and that is music.
City Hall closes the entire Beach Road to road traffic to add to the enjoyment and safety of the festival goers. The local bars and restaurants burst at the seams with extra diners and revellers and the local hotels see their rooms sell out.
The Pattaya Music Festival is a win, win situation for everybody. The local economy is boosted, Pattaya City Hall sees the resort catapulted into international recognition, but mostly everybody comes together and has fun.