KARON, PHUKET: Thousands of youngsters converged on Karon Beach last night for the first ever Roy Fest, the island’s new music festival.
A hefty dose of Roy – Southern Thai for ‘fun’ – was in the air as a succession of bands and DJs did their thing from an enormous stage erected by the beach road.
The rain that had poured onto the island throughout the day stopped just as Roy Fest got going at 6pm. There was a brief downpour around midnight, but no-one seemed to care.
Highlights of the night included Thai indie band Smile Buffalo and legendary rockers Silly Fools playing together as a one-off combo dubbed ‘Silly Buffalo’.
Malaysia’s electro DJ duo ‘Lapsap’ also proved a big hit.
Roy Fest continues tonight, when England’s DJ Absorb and Thai hip hop stars Thaitanium take to the stage.
— Gazette Reporters
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