Update: This event has been postponed in light of the death of His Late Majesty King Bhumibol
KHON KAEN — Old hippies or those with old hippie souls should get up to Khon Kaen this November for some rock and roll, reggae and blues out in nature with the mountains, rivers, meadows and open sky.
Billed as Thailand’s Woodstock, the E-San Music Festival returns for free spirits to reach back to those vibes at Isaan Keaw Island, a new outdoor tourist attraction in Isaan.
“The festival brings back the ‘70s hippy atmosphere to Isaan,” festival founder Pavich Srihatub wrote. “Those who love hippie songs, fashion and classic cars will enjoy a two-day and one-night getaway from confusion in the big cities.”
There will be a big stage with nearly 40 independent Thai bands and some guests from neighboring countries.
The founder expects to welcome approximately 8,000 attendees this year, saying about 4,500 came in 2015.
Tickets are 300 baht and can be purchased by contacting organizers in Thai or English via the E-San Keaw Facebook page for instructions on transferring payment.
The festival runs all night from 2pm on Nov. 12 until 10am on Nov. 13, on the 120 rai (3.2 hectares) of land at Isaan Keaw Island, which is situated in the east of the Ubol Ratana Dam in Khon Kaen. Bus fare is 50 baht to the venue from downtown Khon Kaen, which is a six- to seven-hour drive from Bangkok.