After years of running successfully at Bonanza, Khao Yai, Big Mountain Music Festival has announced it is moving to a brand new site in Phetchaburi for the 7th edition of the popular event.
Already one of the largest festivals in the region, organizers have suggested that the move to Kaengkrachan Country Club is necessary to accommodate an even larger audience than the 70,000 people the festival hosted last year.
In 2014, the festival hosted 200 acts across nine stages with five dedicated electronic music stages and four areas for live music and this year is looking to be even bigger. No line-up has been released at this point but with a strong focus on local acts, Big Mountain Festival has hosted a veritable who’s who of Thai artists with Thaitanium, Jetsetter, Potato, Boy Peacemaker, Greasy Cafe and Slot Machine leading the contingent last year.
The festival hosts acts from all different genres of the Thai music scene across multiple music zones and whilst there are a handful of international acts each year, the emphasis is definitely on providing a platform for local acts. When asked about last year’s event by Billboard last year festival organizer Yuthana “Ted” Boonorm related, “We’re going to try to bring more international acts, but we want to keep Big Mountain focused on the Thai scene.”
Indeed, it seems the decision to focus on a local market has ended up with a gauntlet being thrown down. The timing of the festival on this date could be a coincidence but equally, it seems to be s a deliberate move to challenge recent upstart Wonderfruit Festival. The festival’s schedule (December 19 – 20) means that it will clash with Wonderfruit, which returns for its second annual event in Chon Buri from Dec 17 – 20.
Tickets remain at the same price they were last year at B2,000 and will be released in October. Stay tuned to www.bigmountainmusicfestival.com for more details.
Big Mountain Festival
Date: December 19 – 20
Location: Kaeng Krachan Country Club, Phetchaburi
Price: B2000 (tickets go on sale in October)