808 Festival returns to Thailand for fifth continuous year

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Home to a variety of blossoming electronic music events throughout recent years, Thailand has unofficially taken the crown as the hub of dance music culture in Asia. Amongst a handful of events hosted across the country, 808 Festival has announced its return to Bangkok’s Oasis Arena, for a successful fifth year at the venue.

Curating an ambrosial catalogue of illustrious artists over the past years including the likes of Jack Ü, Jamie Jones and Claude von Stroke, 808 continues to procure a popular array of acts for the 2017 edition of the festival. Taking place over the weekend of December 9-10, the release of their phase one lineup brings Above & Beyond, Flosstradamus, Ghastly, Justin OH, Kayzo, and Vini Vici; a promising and intriguing start to this year’s event.

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Two-day tickets are available online.

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Already in its second year, Epizode festival has again raised eyebrows with a spate of notable additions to its lineup.  A 10-day destination event located on an island off the coast of Vietnam, the latest chapter of announcements have taken electronic music enthusiasts by storm, and reaffirmed the festival’s continuous goal to please their market. Most recently, names like Carl Cox, Dubfire, and Nicole Moudaber have been the latest to grace the event’s lineup, and will be taking the stage at Epizode’s second edition.

Epizode offers visitors the opportunity to not only immerse themselves in festival culture, but also a well-received lineup especially curated with the techno and house lovers in mind. Epizode’s sophomore edition takes place from December 31 to January 10, serving as the quintessential escape from the winter blues.

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Experience Edible Stages, Insane Music, And World-Class Culture At Wonderfruit Festival

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Thailand’s Wonderfruit Festival is now in its third year, and their continued innovation never ceases to boggle the mind. The festival’s 2016 iteration will take place from December 15th through the 18th in Pattaya, Thailand, and will once again curate a four-day celebration of the arts, including world-class music, brand new stages, wonder feasts, sustainability initiatives, and much, much more.

Wonderfruit has just released phase 2 of its lineup, and with it, a slew of new details regarding Southeast Asia’s budding festival. Interactive art installations by Thailand’s own Jitjer and Tom Potisit will be featured on the grounds, and revered designer Adam Pollina will be creating a brand new roving art car party that can host up to 30 people at once. Even Burning Man’s Gregg Fleishman will be contributing his geometric architectures to The Solar Stage, which will pay tribute to the sunrise and sunsets of each day.

However, one of the most interesting additions is The Farm Stage, a nod to Thailand’s history which is constructed almost entirely out of rice.

“A homage to festival founders’ commitment to celebrating the arts, and to honor the annual village harvesting of rice – the grain steeped in Thailand’s rich history, The Farm Stage stands as one of four exhilarating stages. Inspired by ceremonial aesthetics, the newest Wonderfruit stage is the progeny of visionaries PO-D Architects x Thor, who utilize harvested rice as the principle build medium.”

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Additionally, thanks to Scratch First, a portion of ticket sales will be donated to Indonesia’s Rimba Raya Biodiversity Reserve, and Wonderfruit will also host the world premier of Plastic Oceans before its 2017 release. A host of workshops and initiatives will also be in place to educate attendees on sustainability, including the presence of Greenpeace to promote renewable energy use.

And of course, the music hasn’t been overlooked in the least. Over event’s four days, Rudimental, Wolf + Lamb, Matador, Kate Simko & London Electronic Orchestra, Eric Volta, and loads more will be providing the soundtrack to Wonderfruit’s transformative experience. Peep the announcement video below for the full scoop, and click here for tickets and more information on Wonderfruit.

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Australian DJ Sentenced For Life in Thailand

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Thailand has notoriously harsh drug laws considering the sale of some category one drugs carries the death penalty. Starting a war on drugs in 2003, Thailand began to crack down on the distribution of such category one drugs like ecstasy, heroin, and LSD. However, drugs are obviously still present in Thailand, especially around clubs and around the time of the famous full moon party held the night of, before, or after every full moon. A lot of tourists come to the full moon party looking to let loose. This gave people like 26 year old Australian DJ Jake Mastroianni a reason to distribute ecstasy pills with his buddy 28 year old Lance Whitemore.

Mastroianni was known DJ, stage name “Badmouth,” having residencies at Club Pattaya, almost 100 miles south of Bangkok and clubs on Koh Phangan where the full party is held. The two friends were arrested in 2014 at Pattaya for charges of possession of ecstasy pills. Mastroianni was convicted and has two life sentences for carrying 61 pills, while his friend Whitemore, who was found with 200 pills, has a 50 year sentence. Mastroianni faces a heavier sentence because he did not plead guilty to the charges under the advisement of lawyers, but Whitemore did leading to a shorter sentence.

The two recently had an appeal trial to get their sentences reduced, but considering the charges and Thailand’s strict drug laws, the appeal was denied. Jeffrey Stevens, the lawyer representing both men, was questioned about the appeal trial and how they hoped to reduce the sentences.”We’ve done everything we can,” Stevens said. “At the end of the day, Lance did plead guilty. We were not fighting the fact that he was guilty.” The two are being held in Klong Prem jail, a prison with infamously harsh living conditions.  Mastroianni is eligible for a transfer in six years to an Australian prison. Many fear that the conditions in the prison are far too harsh for the crime committed by the two men.

Source: News.com.au

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