Phuket Gazette

PHUKET: The crowd of 50,000 people predicted by the Sydictive party organizers has yet to appear on Patong Beach, despite the event having started last night.

The much-ballyhooed party got off to a seven-hour late start yesterday due to incomplete preparations. It reopened today at 3pm to a small group of people.

Despite some complaints on the Sydictive Element’s Facebook page about last night’s late start and the small crowd, organizers continue to talk up the event.

“So far we have sold more than 20,000 tickets on line and we expect that soon there will be 50,000 people joining our party. Eleven internationally famous DJs will join the party,” said Sydictive Element CEO Vorrachart Petchnunthawong.

Should the crowds materialize, security forces are ready for them, with Phuket Provincial police posted at entrance and exit to check for drugs and weapons, and more than 500 Royal Thai Navy and marine officers on guard.

Several high-ranking officers from the Phuket Provincial and Patong Police forces are also at the venue.

As of 5:30pm, a Phuket Gazette reporter at the scene saw plenty of staff and security people standing around waiting for the party to begin – but few people showed much interest in joining what increasingly looks to be a snubbed event.

Today’s schedule of international DJs was advertised to start at 3pm.

No matter where you are or how you choose to celebrate this New Year’s Eve, the Gazette wishes one and all a happy and safe new year.

See you in 2013.
– Kritsada Mueanhawong

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This is what happens when you try to FORCE, or hype, an event into a market that doesn't want it. Phuket just isn't backpacking Koh Phang Ngan or lower-end Pattaya. Not even blue-collar Patong is giving much of a welcome to this one.

Posted by Udom Somboon December 31, 2012 06:50:49PM

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To all readers a Happy New Year, and a celebration without any accidents on the way home! Take care everybody!

Posted by Fritz Pinguin December 31, 2012 07:20:53PM

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For those who are not happy there is a Facebook page to complain. www.facebook.com/pages/Sydictive-Element-Please-Explain/226687970795616

Happy new year

Posted by ratatoee December 31, 2012 07:22:33PM

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The "biggest floating stage, in the world" looks nothing like it was supposed to.

Posted by Laurie Howells December 31, 2012 07:45:43PM

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It looks this will be a great flop. Patong has become even more inhabitable. Now 67 % of the main roads through can not be used, hotel guests can't sleep, etc. But at least some people have made a lot of money out of it.

Time to move to a nicer part of Thailand.

Posted by resident December 31, 2012 10:14:51PM

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Snubbed event...a small group on the beach? Nah don't be silly, everyone's bought 100,000 Baht boat tickets.

Posted by The Clown December 31, 2012 11:08:39PM

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I drove by this incredible monstrosity four times today and not once did I see any semblance of a crowd. Until sometime after 6pm even the traffic was ok.

At midnight I did try to get down the beach road and it has been closed for some silly reason, there was no music booming from the floating cluster.

And tell me what happened to this event being held at the south end of Patong Beach, it was dead center!

Posted by James Bond January 1, 2013 01:59:53AM

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As they taught me in the army: prior preparation planning prevents poor performance. No planning, minimum preparation = poor performance even when rich kid wannabe promoters do it.

Posted by Arthur January 1, 2013 04:19:47AM

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It looks this will be a great flop. Patong has become even more inhabitable. Now 67 % of the main roads through can not be used, hotel guests can't sleep, etc. But at least some people have made a lot of money out of it.

Time to move to a nicer part of Thailand.

Posted by resident

Am guessing you mean uninhabitable. As for moving, yep, possibly February, I'm heading to Mukdahan, far too many, two legged, rats on Phuket.

Posted by Laurie Howells January 1, 2013 07:54:53AM

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It looks this will be a great flop. Patong has become even more inhabitable. Now 67 % of the main roads through can not be used, hotel guests can't sleep, etc. But at least some people have made a lot of money out of it.

Time to move to a nicer part of Thailand.

Posted by resident

If you think Patong is becoming even more inhabitable, why are you leaving? Does not compute!

Posted by Tom January 1, 2013 10:27:32AM

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It was going off man!

Posted by kinny oh January 1, 2013 04:00:11PM

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So what was the final outcome of this "beach party"? Seems that the PG hasn't finalised its reporting of this event. Pressure been brought to bear perhaps?

Posted by Cyril January 2, 2013 05:46:32AM

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So what was the final outcome of this "beach party"? Seems that the PG hasn't finalised its reporting of this event. Pressure been brought to bear perhaps?

Posted by Cyril

We've published almost daily reports over the past few days. Search anywhere on our site using the term 'Sydictive'. We've never had any pressure from Sydictive (or any other 'interested' parties) to publish (or not publish) anything.

Posted by Editor, Gazette Online January 2, 2013 08:57:40AM

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Good to hear PG.......so WHAT WAS the final outcome?? 1,000, 10,000 or 50,000 estimated revelers on the big night. The story doesn't seem to have a conclusion?

Posted by Cyril January 2, 2013 09:08:39AM

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Good to hear PG.......so WHAT WAS the final outcome?? 1,000, 10,000 or 50,000 estimated revelers on the big night. The story doesn't seem to have a conclusion?

Posted by Cyril

Stay tuned.

Posted by Editor, Gazette Online January 2, 2013 09:54:16AM

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Hmmmm, I heard Basement Jaxx cancelled their booking months ago. What a scam!

Posted by Darwin January 2, 2013 03:46:30PM

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So was the Patong event a success or not?

Posted by Nigel January 5, 2013 08:25:20AM

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So was the Patong event a success or not?

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So was the Patong event a success or not?

Posted by Nigel

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So was the Patong event a success or not?

Posted by Nigel January 5, 2013 08:25:20AM

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Hmmmm, I heard Basement Jaxx cancelled their booking months ago. What a scam!

Posted by Darwin January 2, 2013 03:46:30PM

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Good to hear PG.......so WHAT WAS the final outcome?? 1,000, 10,000 or 50,000 estimated revelers on the big night. The story doesn't seem to have a conclusion?

Posted by Cyril

Stay tuned.

Posted by Editor, Gazette Online January 2, 2013 09:54:16AM

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Good to hear PG.......so WHAT WAS the final outcome?? 1,000, 10,000 or 50,000 estimated revelers on the big night. The story doesn't seem to have a conclusion?

Posted by Cyril January 2, 2013 09:08:39AM

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So what was the final outcome of this "beach party"? Seems that the PG hasn't finalised its reporting of this event. Pressure been brought to bear perhaps?

Posted by Cyril

We've published almost daily reports over the past few days. Search anywhere on our site using the term 'Sydictive'. We've never had any pressure from Sydictive (or any other 'interested' parties) to publish (or not publish) anything.

Posted by Editor, Gazette Online January 2, 2013 08:57:40AM

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So what was the final outcome of this "beach party"? Seems that the PG hasn't finalised its reporting of this event. Pressure been brought to bear perhaps?

Posted by Cyril January 2, 2013 05:46:32AM

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It was going off man!

Posted by kinny oh January 1, 2013 04:00:11PM

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It looks this will be a great flop. Patong has become even more inhabitable. Now 67 % of the main roads through can not be used, hotel guests can't sleep, etc. But at least some people have made a lot of money out of it.

Time to move to a nicer part of Thailand.

Posted by resident

If you think Patong is becoming even more inhabitable, why are you leaving? Does not compute!

Posted by Tom January 1, 2013 10:27:32AM

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It looks this will be a great flop. Patong has become even more inhabitable. Now 67 % of the main roads through can not be used, hotel guests can't sleep, etc. But at least some people have made a lot of money out of it.

Time to move to a nicer part of Thailand.

Posted by resident

Am guessing you mean uninhabitable. As for moving, yep, possibly February, I'm heading to Mukdahan, far too many, two legged, rats on Phuket.

Posted by Laurie Howells January 1, 2013 07:54:53AM

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As they taught me in the army: prior preparation planning prevents poor performance. No planning, minimum preparation = poor performance even when rich kid wannabe promoters do it.

Posted by Arthur January 1, 2013 04:19:47AM

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I drove by this incredible monstrosity four times today and not once did I see any semblance of a crowd. Until sometime after 6pm even the traffic was ok.

At midnight I did try to get down the beach road and it has been closed for some silly reason, there was no music booming from the floating cluster.

And tell me what happened to this event being held at the south end of Patong Beach, it was dead center!

Posted by James Bond January 1, 2013 01:59:53AM

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Snubbed event...a small group on the beach? Nah don't be silly, everyone's bought 100,000 Baht boat tickets.

Posted by The Clown December 31, 2012 11:08:39PM

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It looks this will be a great flop. Patong has become even more inhabitable. Now 67 % of the main roads through can not be used, hotel guests can't sleep, etc. But at least some people have made a lot of money out of it.

Time to move to a nicer part of Thailand.

Posted by resident December 31, 2012 10:14:51PM

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The "biggest floating stage, in the world" looks nothing like it was supposed to.

Posted by Laurie Howells December 31, 2012 07:45:43PM

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For those who are not happy there is a Facebook page to complain. www.facebook.com/pages/Sydictive-Element-Please-Explain/226687970795616

Happy new year

Posted by ratatoee December 31, 2012 07:22:33PM

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To all readers a Happy New Year, and a celebration without any accidents on the way home! Take care everybody!

Posted by Fritz Pinguin December 31, 2012 07:20:53PM

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This is what happens when you try to FORCE, or hype, an event into a market that doesn't want it. Phuket just isn't backpacking Koh Phang Ngan or lower-end Pattaya. Not even blue-collar Patong is giving much of a welcome to this one.

Posted by Udom Somboon December 31, 2012 06:50:49PM

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