Thursday, 3 April 2014

Myanmar bands to make a splash

Beloved Myanmar rock bands Empire and Iron Cross will take the stage at Thingyan water festival celebrations this year in Yangon.

The water festival, known as Songkran in Thailand, is the highlight of the Myanmar New Year holiday, which runs from April 12 to 21.

Iron Cross lead singer Chit San Maung will perform at the Htoo Co-sponsored Pyay Road pavilion, as he did last year, DVB reported on Tuesday. The lead man said the band has organised guest acts to join them on stage for the special show.

''We have singers including Lay Phyu, Ange and Wine Wine lined up for performance. We are still discussing who the female singers will be,'' DVB quoted Chit San Maung as saying.

Rockers Empire will perform at a pavilion in Rangoons 8-Mile, said their manager Thant Zaw.

''We are preparing to begin building our stage, which will feature performances by hip-hop acts and pop stars Ye Thwin, Saung Oo Hlaing, Marizza and Haymar Newin,'' said Thant Zaw.

In 2010, a series of grenade attacks killed nine people and injured over 100 during Thingyan festivities in central Rangoon.

Operators of the X20 stage, which was targeted in the attacks, are struggling to gain approval to set up for this years festival.

Day tickets for staged Thingyan parties vary from 10,000 kyat (330 baht) to 20,000 kyat.

source: Bangkok Post
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