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Event Round-Up – February 2019

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You still have a few days left to enjoy the tail end of Bangkok Design Week which is running from 26 January to 3 February in select areas around Bangkok. Taking inspiration from the city’s rich history as a gathering point for creative minds from all over the world, Bangkok Design Week is held under the theme of “Fusing Forward”, taking a multidisciplinary approach to showcasing the city’s ethnic and cultural diversities.

Activities around Bangkok’s riverside communities, including Charoenkrung and Klong San as well as Rama I and Sukhumvit Road, will take the form of showcases and exhibitions, talks and workshops, and events and markets. For more information visit www.bangkokriver.com.

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Those into horticulture should head north at the beginning of the month for the popular Chiang Mai Flower Festival on 1-4 February. A tradition for over 40 years, the event celebrates the region’s wealth of flowers as well as supports the local economy through a vibrant display of both modern and ancient Lanna floral art which attract thousands of visitors every year.

One of the main attractions is an impressive parade where floral artists from Chiang Mai and beyond display their works on floats as spectators gather across the city. The festival also features exhibitions of ornamental plants, music shows and competitions.

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Chinese New Year falls on 5 February this year and millions of people across Thailand will celebrate the Year of the Pig with various festivities. Two of the most popular places to watch the activities are Chinatown in Bangkok and Phuket Town where visitors can sample traditional Chinese foods and buy souvenirs, but smaller towns and communities will also mark the occasion with fire crackers, red lanterns and processions. Many hotels and restaurants around the country will also have special promotions and events to mark the new year.

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Phuket will be gearing up for what is labelled Asia’s Biggest Trance Festival, UnKonscious, which will take place in Patong’s Paradise Beach Phuket on 8-9 February. The two-day festival is expected to attract trance music fans from all over Asia, with headliners including world-renowned acts such as Giuseppe Ottaviani and Simon Patterson. Tickets are available on www.ticketmelon.com.

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Love it or hate it but February is also the month of love, with Valentine’s Day resulting in hotels and restaurants across the country offering special deals and promotions. With or without a date, this is the time to make big savings on delicious meals and special hotel stays. 

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Sticking with the love theme, the annual Trang Underwater Wedding Ceremony will take place on 12-14 February in Trang province. Equal parts gimmick and tradition, the event has become popular for its unique way of combining traditional Thai wedding traditions and rituals with the more unusual concept of tying the knot underwater. Several hotels and resorts in the area will have special packages available for couples visiting around this time. The only requirements to participate is a scuba diving certificate.

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If you have gasoline running through your veins and just can’t get enough of bikes and everything speed, Burapa Bike Week is your event! One of the most anticipated annual events in the seaside resort, Burapa Bike Week is expected to attract thousands of visitors to Pattaya on 14-16 February to enjoy a weekend of live music, parades, exhibitions and entertainment. The “Ride for Peace” parade raises money for charity as well as showcases some of the newest models from big brands such as Vespa, Honda and Suzuki. The gathering also features a rock music festival, exhibition and entertainment. 

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Music lovers rejoice – there are plenty of events for you in February as well. Electronic music producer and DJ Christopher Comstock, better known as Marshmello, returns to Bangkok on 20 February for a concert at Crystal Design Center. With hit remixes of well known songs such as “Where Are U Now” by Justin Bieber and collaborations with stars such as Anne-Marie, Khalid and Selena Gomez, Marshmello is sure to get the crowds roaring. Tickets are for sale at www.passionhead.co.

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Just two days later on 22 February, Bitec Arena is expected to welcome thousands of visitors for the Mangosteen Music Festival Detour. Headliners include Irish rock band Kodaline in their Bangkok debut as well as Polycat and Thai “Lover Boy” sensation Phum Viphurit. Tickets are available through www.ticketmelon.com.

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K-Pop dominating YouTube records – BTS and Blackpink

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Last week’s Blackpink single-day YouTube viewing record has been beaten by fellow K-Pop supremos BTS notching up 78 million views for their “Boy With Luv” music video within its first 24 hours of hitting the video site. (Three days later it’s on 129 million with 7.8 million ‘likes’ and still going…)

K-pop rival Blackpink managed 56.7 million for “Kill This Love” just beating out Ariana Grande’s “Thank U, Next” with 55.4 million. Just behind was another BTS song “Idol” which had 45.9 million views in its first 24 hours on YouTube.

The new record of 78 million clicks in just one day will be a high bar to jump over as musicians around the world ponder the K-Pop phenomenon and, in particular, the global popularity of BTS – who sing mostly in Korean.

The new BTS video also racked up 2 million comments over that initial 24 hours period.

The Korean septet of RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope Jimin, V and Jungkook performed live on Saturday Night Live to broad acclaim, including all their sharp dance moves whilst singing totally live with a live band backing them (along with a few mic problems) – a rarity in modern music performance.

The new Boy With Luv music video, a collaboration with Halsey, is an ode to the golden era of cinema with references to the movie ‘Singing in the Rain’.

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A YouTube record has been surpassed. No… SMASHED.

Korean pop kings BTS’ video for their 2018 “Fake Love” received 35.9 million views in its first 24 hours, making it the biggest 24 hour debut of 2018 and the third biggest 24 hour debut of all time.

But that’s nothing compared to the impact of the new BTS release, a collaboration with American singer Halsey. “Boy with Luv” has amassed nearly 60 million views in its first 12 hours on its way to ??? by the end of the first 24 hours. Over 100 million?

And the song is mostly in Korean language, not English, so the worldwide popularity of the video has record industry executives choking on their double lattes this morning.

The video clip is a lush, highly stylised retro world of American diners and cinema frontages, paying homage to 50s Hollywood musicals. In their first major comeback for 2019 the South Korean septet have stuck to their formula of vibrant international pop with every member taking the spotlight at some stage during the video.

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BTS now occupies 3 slots on the top 10 all time 24 hour debut list, with their 2017 video for “DNA” in the top ten as well with 22.3 million views (it’s now at 695 million).

The “Boys With Luv” video exploded on YouTube immediately after its release, receiving over 4.8 million views in its first hour.

BTS also hold the second and third slot for the most “likes” in a single day, with their videos ‘DNA’ (#2 with 2.3 million) and ‘MicDrop, Steve Aoki Remix’ (#3 with 2.3 million).

Although the song is officially titled as a collaboration with Halsey, YouTubers are wondering where she is most of the video by her vocals can be heard throughout the choruses. She has also been credited as one of the writing team (along with Hitman Bang, RM and Jungkook) in the credits under her real name ‘Ashley Frangipane

“Boy With Luv” is the first single in the long-awaited new album from BTS “Map of the Soul – Persona”.

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Temperatures are soaring around the country, right on time, as the Songkran holiday kicks in. People are heading home for the annual Thai New Year break whilst the tourists are flooding into the main hot spots for the water fights.

The annual celebration is meant to provide a ritual washing of Buddha images, ‘gentle’ splashing of family and friends and an ushering in of the country’s wet season. But in recent decades the ‘gentle’ splashing has ramped up and turned into massive water fights in many parts of the country. Tomorrow there will little chance of remaining dry if you venture outside.

Here are a few survival tips for Songkran HERE.

As the temperature rose to 42°C in Lampang and Tak, several other provinces cited 41-40°C yesterday morning, the Thai Meteorological Department warned residents in the north, northeast, centre and east of very hot weather with possible Songkran storms between April 13-17.

“People must beware of stormy weather and gusty wind and stay away from big trees and unsecured billboards, the agency said.

At 5am today the temperature was forecast for Loei and Kanchanaburi at 41°C while Mae Hong Son, Nan, Phetchabun, Khon Kaen, Nakhon Ratchasima, Ubon Ratchathani and Nakhon Sawan were set for 40°C.

Bangkok will reach 37°C whilst Phuket will be hot and humid with 33°C and a sweaty evening only getting down to 27°C. Chiang Mai will swelter in 40°C heat.

Songkran, for real, starts tomorrow although expect some early starters to get the water pistols out this afternoon and tonight in places like Khao San Road in Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Bangla Road in Phuket.

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