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When most peo­ple think of Koh Tao (Thai for “Tur­tle Is­land”), they think of a back­packer’s in­ex­pen­sive scuba div­ing cer­ti­fi­ca­tion des­ti­na­tion, not an in­ter­na­tional mu­sic fes­ti­val.

Yet, that was the vi­sion of lo­cal ar­chi­tect and de­vel­oper Narue­pon (Pong) Charoenit­tikul and, Eric Bo­chet, aka DJ Naph­taline, Koh Tao res­i­dent and free­d­iver. Their col­lab­o­ra­tive ef­fort give birth to the Tao Mu­sic and Un­der­wa­ter Fes­ti­val: three days of un­der­wa­ter-themed art and mu­sic from March 28 to 30, 2017, a cel­e­bra­tion of Koh Tao’s hum­ble be­gin­ning as a scuba div­ing hub.

Acts in­cluded lo­cal Thai bands like Par­adise Bangkok and Sriracha Rock­ers, who played along­side in­ter­na­tional mu­sic giants like Ar­rested Devel­op­ment and DJs Alex Barck, Adult­nap­per and Gilles Peter­son.

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