The Hua Hin Jazz Festival will be on June 8th and 9th 2007. This is the 6th annual event sponsored by Heineken and the Hilton. The Jazz Fest is located near the main beach strip off of the road that leads to the railway station.
The Jazz Festival draws visitors to Hua Hin to listen to jazz artists and bands while enjoying food and drink. Last year Hua Hin hotels welcomed thousads of Thai and foreign visitors alike who flooded into town for three or four days. Many visitors also stayed at the nearby town of Cha-am. Already a town with little nightlife, Cha-am becomes deserted on the evenings when the Jazz Festival is on.
The atmosphere is relaxed and many end up sitting on beach mats or directly on the sand. There is a variety of food stalls sponsored by the area’s hotels and restaurants offering local foods. Some booths offer product sales or freebie items. The Heineken booths are very popular for souvenirs and Heineken products. Some items sell out the first night so get there early if you want to shop. The Honda Jazz booth displaying the car that bears the same name as the music featured at the festival is worth a stop as well.
In comparison to last year, the Jazz Festival is a smaller event. There are only two nights this year, Friday and Saturday, whereas in 2006 the Fest lasted three nights. Another downsize this year is only having one stage. The performances start nightly from around 5 o’clock until 1 am. The event is free of charge and people start arriving in droves as soon as it gets nice and dark. If you want to have a place near a stage, arrive earlier to save your spot. Come an enjoy a weekend full of beautiful scenery and music at the Hua Hin Jazz Festival 2007.
The lineup can be seen below:
8 June 2007
16:45 – 17:45 Live Music
18:00 – 19:00 Jazz Park-Num-Po
19:15 – 20:15 S.U.Jazz Quintet
20:30 – 21:30 OMAH Special Quartet with Rydsma Amoy
21:45 – 22:45 Ben Charatit & Mariam Alcalali
23:00 – 24:00 Montefiori Cocktail
9 June 2007
15:30 – 16:30 Live Music
16:45 – 17:45 Quintet-X
18:00 – 19:00 Air & The Super Band
19:15 – 20:15 Young Blood Band
20:30 – 21:30 Bossa Blossom
21:45 – 22:45 Prode Tanapat
23:00 – 24:00 Caroline Henderson
**Dates, times and performances are subject to change.