Every April partygoers find wild and wet Songkran celebrations aplenty in the city. What if this year we tell you you can do Songkran on a real summer paradise for a change? With music from top hip-hop and D&B acts at that?

Head to Paradise Island Festival, Koh Samui’s first music and lifestyle festival, this Thai New Year weekend (April 15-16) on Chaweng Noi Beach.

Originally set to take place in January, the two-day festival was one of many events facing postponements during Thailand’s 100-day mourning period of their late king. The organiser announced the event would push through on April 8-9 but then decided to make it a Songkran bash instead.

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Most of the festival lineup remains intact and has been expanded. D&B veteran Goldie, old school dub king Mad Professor, UK duo Maribou State, and neo soul producer LTJ Bukem are some of the names revellers can still expect to see.

This week’s additions include LA hip-hop group and new headliner The Pharcyde, The Paradise Bangkok Molam International Band, DJ Orawun, DJ Kentaro, and Krafty Kuts. Keep an eye out for lineup updates here.

Paradise Island Festival Feb poster
©Paradise Island Festival

Paradise Island Festival is brought to us by UK-based organiser Soundcrash, the same crew behind Croatia’s Soundwave and England’s Funk & Soul Weekender. Beside music, guests will be able to enjoy traditional performances and art, yoga sessions, Thai cooking classes and boat parties.

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According to Soundcrash, they intend to play their part in the environmental and social responsibility movement in Asia’s festival culture. They’re set to promote responsible tourism, nature conservation programs and reforestation schemes as an attempt to help conserve the island.

Standard two-day tickets are THB2,800, now available through One Place Bangkok.

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