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Patong’s beach road closed for an hour for new year celebrations

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The Patong beach road will officially close for an hour as Patong revelers celebrate New Year 2019 at the island’s most famous beach. Thaweewong Road (Beach Road) will close from 11.30pm-12.30am.

The closure is meant to be a safety measure to stop the volume of tourists and new year revelers from being run over. But last new year the traffic was in gridlock from 11pm until nearly 1.30pm with people who parked near the beach stuck in Patong until the hoards of people started to dissipate.

Most of the beach road will be closed to traffic from Prachanukroh Road in the south near the Absolute Sea Pearl Beach Hotel to Hatpatong Road near Loma Park.

The Patong Municipality has organised two nights of celebration for its Patong Beach “Countdown 2019”.

Sunday night

5pm-6pm – DJ Rocker

6pm-6:55pm – DJ Daee

7pm-8pm – Welcome greetings and opening of the Patong Beach Countdown 2019 by Phuket Governor Pakkapong Tawipat and Patong Mayor Chalermlak Kebsub

8pm-9pm – DJ Notto

9pm-10:30pm – DJ T.W.B Beer

10:30pm-midnight – DJ Eliz Too

Midnight-1:30am – DJ Leo.P

1:30am-3am – DJ Samatsky

3am-close – DJ New Aks

New Year’s Eve (Monday)

5:30pm-6:30pm – “Sending off of the Sun for 2018” with a countdown by the Phuket Governor and Patong Mayor

6:35pm-7:30pm – DJ Ben

7:30pm-8:30pm – DJ Mayga

8:30pm-9:30pm – DJ Karim

9:30pm-11:30pm – DJ T.W.B. Beer

11:30pm – Start of live broadcast of Patong Beach Countdown on Thai TV channel “Spring News Channel 19”

Then… Midnight Countdown to the New Year

Midnight – Happy New Year 2019 fireworks!!!!!

Midnight-2am – Top DJ duo “Breathe Carolina” from the US

2am-3am – DJ Samatsky

3am-Close – DJ AKS



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K-Pop star arrested over sex tape scandal

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K-pop star Jung Joon-young has been arrested over allegations he shared sexually explicit videos of women filmed without their consent.

He appeared at a court hearing yesterday where he apologised to the victims for his actions. An arrest warrant was issued a few hours later.

30 year old Jung, who was first questioned by police last week, spoke to the media after the hearing.

“I am truly sorry. I admit to all charges against me. I will not challenge the charges brought by the investigative agency, and I will humbly accept the court’s decision.”

“I bow my head in apology to the women who were victimised by my actions.”

He was escorted in handcuffs to a police station where he remains in custody.

Jung Joon-young is a South Korean singer-songwriter, radio DJ, host, actor and TV personality. He first gained recognition in Mnet’s reality television talent show, ‘Superstar K4’.

Jung is accused of being part of an online group chat that shared sexually explicit videos of women without their knowledge or consent.

Other alleged members of the group include K-Pop idol and Big Bang star Seungri and rock band F.T. Island member Choi Jong-hoon.

If found guilty of charges of sharing videos and charging for viewing the men could be sentenced to five years in prison or face a fine of up to 30 million won (842,000 Thai baht).

Jung was dropped by his management ‘MakeUS Entertainment’ and last week Seungri said he would quit the entertainment industry.

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Sold over 2.6 million copies and it’s not even released. Map of the Soul, BTS.

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The hottest selling album. BTS. Map of the Soul - Persona'

The new album Map of the Soul: Persona has already sold 2,685,030 copies. That was in just four days up to March 17.

And it’s not even being released until April 12.

It also came to light that the same band had the second and third best selling albums in the world for 2018, according to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry.

The Greatest Showman’ Soundtrack Edges Out BTS, Lady Gaga for Best-Selling Album of 2018.

It would be an understatement to say South Korea’s BTS’s comeback Album is highly anticipated. The K-pop heavyweights just broke their own record for preorders with their upcoming album.

The yet-to-be-released EP currently sits at No. 1 on Amazon’s CD & Vinyl Best Sellers. At this stage there’s no music, no cover, no music videos. Just anticipation.

Earlier this month, the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry revealed that BTS snagged the second and third spot on last year’s best-selling albums around the globe. Love Yourself: Tear and Love Yourself: Answer sold 2.3 million and 2.7 million units, respectively. Both albums hit the top of the Billboard 200 in 2018.

The April 13 comeback performance won’t happen in South Korea this time. It will happen on their biggest stage yet: Saturday Night Live.
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Siam Songkran Festival lights up this year’s Songkran in Bangkok

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Sick of running around Bangkok with your 200 baht Tesco water pistol? Combine the annual water festival with a world class music festival instead.

Welcome to Siam Songkran, Thailand’s newest four-day Songkran festival set to be held April 12 – 15 at Bangkok’s largest city centre entertainment zone, SHOW DC Arena.

A time of tradition, Songkran is also a time of fun with family and friends, and Siam Songkran is set to blend Thai and Western cultures with a packed music and entertainment program and the largest water fight in Bangkok.

Held over four days with four outdoor zones and two huge stages showcasing live music from the biggest acts in Thailand and around Asia. Headliners include Yellow Claw, Afrojack, Coone and Crisis Era, while many others will perform such as Dolf, Zatox, Darren Styles and more.

#SIAMSongkran tickets can be purchased online at www.siamsongkran.com and range from 1,500 baht for a single day pass, to 6,400 baht for a VIP 4 Day Pass. For those looking for the ultimate festival experience, special VVIP Packages are available from 100,000 baht (for 6 pax) to 385,000 baht – the first festival pack with a pool suite.

Powered by SHOW DC, Clubbing Asia, One and Zaap, Siam Songkran will take place April 12 – 15 at SHOW DC.

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