37 Rare Images from Thailand's Big Mountain Music Festival 2017Article by: Laura Mason|@masonlazarus
Tue December 12, 2017 | 13:45 PM
This mammoth event more than lives up to its name, having grown into one the biggest outdoor music festivals in not only Thailand, but all of Southeast Asia. There are plenty of reasons why Big Mountain Music Festival’s crowds have gone from 20,000 at its 2010 debut to 70,000 at its 2014 incarnation. One of the most obvious is GMM Grammy, the corporation that puts on the fest while also controlling 70-80 percent of the Thai music industry by making major contributions to terrestrial radio, digital TV, and film.
In its early days, the festival's rapid growth prompted promoters to relocate from their original eponymous Big Mountain (or Khao Yai) location to the more vast Kaeng Krachan Country Club Phetchaburi, a venue that’s still surrounded by the region’s towering mountains from which the fest takes its name. Now, the festival takes place at The Ocean Khao Yai in Nakhonratchasima Province (it's a hotel with sprawling grounds), and there are eight stages erected for over 200 acts, which perform over the festival's jam-packed two days.
But the vastness of those aspects pales in comparison to the fest’s greatest feat: its wide swath of local genres. Indeed, rock, pop, dance, indie, and electronica acts are all robustly represented, along with Thailand’s own Luk-Thung country music and the Moh-Lam folk songs that are a rich part of Southeast Asia’s heritage. And while the coordinators' boundless ambition makes for a world-class event, they also take care to ensure that Big Mountain promotes local acts. Indeed, the vast majority of the fest is comprised of Thai stars,
Check out rare photos (we are one of the first, if not the first, foreign press outlets to shoot the festival) from Big Mountain Music Festival, its bands and attendees, captured by photographer Ian Young.