Hua Hin has been associated with the jazz community for many years, and in the past, it was known for being home to the summer palaces of the Thai royal family. The jazz festival is a celebration of the musical talents of the late King of Thailand, King Bhumibol Adulyadej Rama 9, who was known for his jazz compositions and being a saxophone player.
What is the Hua Hin Jazz Festival?
The Hua Hin International Jazz Festival is the perfect one-stop destination for jazz lovers. Hua Hin comes alive during this time of the year, with music lovers from Thailand, as well as from all over the world attending the festival. The jazz festival features performances by well known local and international artists from top jazz and blues bands, with stages set up right on the beach.
Organized since over a decade, the jazz festival continues to gain popularity every year and draws visitors and artists from all over the globe. Despite its quiet beginnings, the Hua Hin Jazz Festival has grown into an important and highly anticipated music event in the region today. It is considered as the most developed jazz festival in Thailand and helps to strengthen Hua Hin's position as a music city.
While watching performances in the relaxing beach atmosphere, one can also enjoy the snacks and beverages available, as well as spectacular views of the sunset. For those who enjoy shopping, there are also a few stalls that sell folk handicrafts and souvenir items. There are also jazz workshops, games and lucky draws held.
Where is the Hua Hin Jazz Festival Held?
The concert is held annually at the Hua Hin beach, in the Hua Hin district in the Prachuap Khiri Khan province. Located approximately 3 hours away from Bangkok, Hua Hin is the land of beautiful beaches, stunning views, international cuisine, high end hotels and a number of tourist attractions. It is a quiet and relaxing seaside town, and a favourite spot for weekend getaways and tourist destinations today.
Artists Performing at the Hua Hin Jazz FestivalThe artist line-up consists of a number of international and local jazz artists and even artists of other genres. The performances take place on two stages: the Beach Stage and the Open Stage.
Some notable performers in the past have included Dimension, an instrumental group from Japan; Ulf and Eric Wakenius, a Grammy-nominated Swedish father-son duo; The Sounds of Siam, a Thai band led by Koh Mr. Saxman; Funktion, a new generation instrumental jazz fusion band; Soul after Six, a local jazz band and The Swing Kings, a Thai 'big band'.
The theme for the Hua Hin Jazz Festival 2018 was 'Open to the new Shades', which is an initiative by the Tourist Authority of Thailand (TAT), focused on gastronomy, nature, arts and crafts and culture.
What is the Entry Fee for the Hua Hin Jazz Festival?There is no entry fee for the concert. All those interested can enter free of cost.
- Be sure to arrive early to catch the best front-row seats.
- Keep your phone on silent mode or turn it off to have the best experience.
- Be open-minded and respectful of the different kinds of music from various cultures around you.