Bangkok 100 Rock Festival 2006
Anyone who was in Bangkok the last two months would need to be either cooped up in a small apartment building, lower soi of Sukumvit, or blindfolded, to have not heard about 100 Piper’s Bangkok 100 Rock Festival. Even then chances are high of running into an advertisement plastered to the side of the BTS Skytrain, billboards, taxis, flyers, and television adverts throughout January and Febuary. Foreign artists Oasis, Frans Ferdinand, and Placebo were headlining artists which concert promoters hoped would sell quick. At 5,000baht a ticket ($125 us) for both days, however, tickets didn’t go very fast I think. There were slightly cheaper tickets for one-day, nosebleed seats, but still very pricey by Thai standards.
I didn’t get a chance to come the first day, but did show up the second day in the afternoon. I’m not a big Maximo Park, dEUS, or Ian Brown fan, so I mostly just came to see the two Thai sets from Big Ass and Bodyslam, then Placebo: a band I knew a song from (Nothing against those artists, guys, I just had no idea who the second day bands were).
The festival I thought was a bit dissapointing. I know a lot of the people that came were pretty serious fans of these foreign bands, and put out a lot of money to get tickets. The bands seemed worn out and bored waiting to play throughout the day in BKK’s heat. Fans weren’t too far behind. Packed in standing from 2pm until midnight.
I’m not about to complain as I had a lot of fun wandering around with friends. If I had paid more than my months rent to by a pass, on the other hand, I’d be pretty confused as to why there wasn’t much happening all day. Hopefully everyone enjoyed what they got!