Thailand’s big music festival – Samed in Love 5.

Howdy y’all

Well last weekend (31st May… can you believe it) I was in Koh Samed, by chance, for a major Thai music festival. A novel event for me especially, the stage was setup on the beautiful white sandy beachfront as seen below.

The stage setup along the beach.

The stage setup along the beach.

I was guided by some nice English ex pats who I had met in a local bar/restaurant the day before. John, the proprietor, explained what a great night it was last year, but that i would know none of the music. A DJ himself, he showed me his vinyl record collection the day before, so i trusted his opinion (a fellow member of the dj guild).

Having been on the Island a few days before, there was a huge influx of people. It was literally a ghost town the day before. Having arrived early, there was plenty of room still about. So we headed for some warm up beverages where we met some fun bar dudes who seemed to be having more fun at work than the customers. One guy with a crazy mo repeatedly tried to kiss me (photo on the left).

Asahi bar guys

Asahi bar guys

I did not know much of the music. In fact none of it on the MainStage. What did impress me was the behaviour of the crowd. Everyone was having a wow of a time, happily smiling, non aggressive. Drinks were consumed but everyone still seemed rather civil.

Of course it was hot. The beverages included the buckets of gin and vodka with mixers. The food was great, consisting of a rice and chicken dish and some form of meatball. All for a lazy $3.

Thai buckets

Thai buckets

Festival food Thai style

Festival food Thai style

Now the music.. there was a mixture for everyone on the MainStage. Some rock, power ballads, Thai pop and my favourite, Gancore Club. Some Thai hip hop. They were very skilled at working the crowd and they created a really fun vibe. A skill in itself.

Here is a video of them on tour.

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There was also a very energy charged “dance” area with a dj and a foam party.

Samed in Love foam party

Samed in Love foam party

Although not my type of music, the dj did a reasonable job of keeping up the energy with music I could only describe now as “bangers”. All seem to have the same formula. Melody, possibly a well known melody or vocal and then a tough, aggressive part following the breakdown. If i ever wondered why I don’t get more plays on sound cloud, I think I found out the answers. It seems this is popular all along the island, and i think originated from the Melbourne “banger sound”. I find there to be no musicality to it and a very harsh sound. But each to their own. I am probably just getting old.

With the night getting later and me enjoying Gancore Club, everyone started spilling into the ocean. It was very warm. With 10-15 thousand on the beach, a little Greenie in my head wondered what we are doing to the environment. It was a moral issue I had dealt with a lot in the night but considering all things the beach remained relatively clean. There is always a price to pay with that many people converging on a beach though.

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I decided to leave, content I had seen enough. I had seen people having a good time, respecting each other and enjoying the music. It was really refreshing.

Samed in Love 5

Samed in Love 5

Who knows maybe next year I will be back again :)

Cheers
Elton

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