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Hip cats hone in on Hua Hin

Watch a Pop Idol-style competition in Chiang Mai


Hip cats hone in on Hua Hin

Enjoy some great music at the Hua Hin Jazz Festival this June.

Some of the world’s most skilled musicians will be in Hua Hin June 18-20, when the 9th Annual Hua Hin Jazz Festival sounds off from the home of His Majesty the King, a deft composer and instrumentalist in his own right.

The three-day event, which drew more than 35,000 fans to Hua Hin’s shores last summer, is expected to be another “who’s who” of jazz artists. Past performers include acclaimed British jazz-funk group Shakatak and Motown’s Kenny Garrett, whose solo career took off after stints with Miles Davis’ band and the Duke Ellington Orchestra.

“If any destination in Thailand evokes the spirit of jazz, it’s Hua Hin,” said Mikael Svensson, general manager of the Hyatt Regency Hua Hin. “Measured, sophisticated and universally appealing, jazz and Hua Hin speak to all comers.”

Cavalcades of budding and established Thai acts routinely make the three-hour trek from Bangkok, too. “When it comes to music festivals in Thailand, this is the one everyone thinks of first,” said Pinnat Charoenphol, Director of Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Prachuab Khirikhan. “It just gets bigger every year.”

Hua Hin has been associated with the country’s jazz community since the 1950s, when musicians from all over began migrating to the resort region on word that it was the place for such enthusiasts to be.

Inspired by half a century of tradition, as well as by His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej - Hua Hin’s most noble resident and a nimble saxophonist himself - organizers in 2001 launched the Hua Hin Jazz Festival, a celebration of the genre’s finest work.

As in past years, performances will take place in the evenings at Phonkingphet Public Park and on a spacious stretch of Hua Hin Beach next to Hilton Hua Hin Resort & Spa, the area’s tallest hotel.

For more information about the Hua Hin Jazz Festival, lodging options and area activities, visit (PR Mandarin Media)


Watch a Pop Idol-style competition in Chiang Mai

People who enjoy sitting down to watch programmes such as X Factor and American Idol may find a live show in Chiang Mai which promises similar entertainment.

Organised by the American Pacific International School (APIS), which prides itself on offering a diverse cultural education to its students, the evening of music on May 8th promises to be plenty of fun as a host of pupils from local schools will take to the stage to perform their favourite songs.

The live show will be held at APIS and will give students staying at the educational establishment an opportunity to showcase their musical talents.

Just 250 tickets will be made available for adults to attend the event, with a further 100 seats on offer to fellow students to support their classmates.

As well as singers, who will be belting out tunes in the hope of being crowned the Chiang Mai Regional Idol - 2010, there will also be a number of live bands vying for the title of Chiang Mai Regional Battle of the Bands - 2010.

The big night is preceded by a smaller show on May 7th where the best students from the school will be selected to compete against other local musicians.

Anyone who wants to attend should contact APIS for information regarding tickets. Proceeds from the sales will be used to fund the event in 2011.