No whispers in the wind / Acoustic Winter Festival at Khao Yai

Khao Yai Acoustic Winter Festival

This year’s Acoustic Winter Festival is better organised but too wired

Thousands of fans made the journey to Khao Yai last weekend for the third Acoustic Winter Festival organised by RS Fresh Air and hosted by Bonanza Resort, camping out in the cool air for the show, which featured 25 artists.

The music kicked off at dusk at Saturday with Peet Peera, Sincharoen Brothers and Sobchai “Ford” Kraiyoonsen among the first to take the stage, before teen idol Pankorn “Dunk” Boonyajinda and Pong from former hard rock band Hin Lek Fai.

Koh Mr Saxman and Jennifer Kim then slowed the pace with some smooth ballads and brought a jazzy quality to the night air

The audience was up on their feet and dancing as Groove Rider took the stage after midnight, playing several of their hits, including “Superstar”, “Hormone”, “Yud” and “KaeTurKorPor”.
Electronic wizard Mr Zomkiat was joined by special guests from Dojo city plus girl group Triumph Kingdom.

Lipta and Peter Cop Dyrendal performed next, then Noi from Pru, who drew screams as he descended the stairs and mingled with the crowd.

The concert closed out with shows by Sqweez Animal, Po Yokee Playboy and 2 Days Ago Kids.
This year, the festival was better organised with new roads allowing easier access to the resort and an additional 350 restrooms serving the 10,000 fans.

But with rock, ska and pop high on the musical menu, the acoustic concept of two years ago that had so delighted families had vanished, leaving an event no different from any other festival aimed at the teens.