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PAD supporters will  rock Phuket
PAD supporters will rock Phuket
Organisers say concert won’t be pushing a political message
(2009-04-07 12:46:43)
The People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) will host a mass concert at Sapan Hin Park on the outskirts of Phuket Town on April 18.

Between 10,000 and 20,000 people, including PAD members from around the Kingdom, are expected to turn out for the event which runs from 5pm until midnight.

Senior PAD leaders, including Major General Chamlong Srimuang, media mogul Sondhi Limthongkul, Chaiwat Sinsuwong, Pibhop Dhongchai, Somsak Kosaisuuk and Khun Somkeit Pongpaibul will make speeches, and the event will be broadcast live on ASTV.

Khun Sondhi is the leader of the right-wing People’s Alliance for Democracy, and founder of satellite broadcaster ASTV.

Khun Somkeit Pongpaibul, is a former professor at Nakhon Ratchasima Rajabhat University.

Three giant screens will broadcast the events on stage to the mass crowds, and there will be four refreshment trucks, 17 food vendors, and tent facilities for people wishing to camp out for the night.

Food, water and camping will be given away for free.

More than 10,000 tickets have already been distributed.

The highlight of the concert will be a performance by national artist, Chanrong Piathanong, who will paint a portrait of HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej while musicians play the Royal Thai anthem.

There will also be shadow puppetry or Nang Ta-Loong, and a performance of the southern traditional dance, Rong Ngeng.

Event co-ordinator, Arpharat Chatchutikamjom, said the event would not be used to broadcast a politically charged message, and the concert would be peaceful.

She said the purpose of the concert was for members of the PAD to bond with each other, and for them to enjoy a holiday in Phuket during Songkran.

Phuket provincial police will monitor the event, and a large scale security force has been organised as a precautionary measure.

Tickets to the concert will cost 200 baht per person, and the money will go towards funding PAD programs on ASTV.

Many hotels in Phuket will support the concert by giving away discounted accommodation packages in the hope of strengthening sales during the holiday season.

A similar PAD concert was held in Los Angeles on March 14.

“Now we want our PAD brothers and sisters in the Andaman to come together and be entertained,” said Khun Krit Thepbamrung, one of the co-ordinators of the PAD’s Andaman chapter.

For further information, about the concert, call 076 233 228 or visit www.manager.co.th