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Friday, September 17, 2021

Hippie Festival Samui Bust: The Full Scoop

Four foreigner musicians were arrested in the raid.

Note: Links to all photos, profiles, and pages are in “Sources” section below

You may have read about the hippie festival on Koh Samui that was busted on February 19th.

Some of the details have made it to the English language press but there was plenty missing as well.

The event, which was named “Hippie festival samui” according to the Facebook event, was hosted by La Bohemia Beach Lounge. On the “about” section of the event page, the organizers stated:

“Friday 19 Febuary,La Bohémia invites you to its “1st hippie bohemian festival” which will celebrate music, culture and the hippie spirit. From 12 pm.
Workshops, mini shops, parades, all united in promoting a message of peace and love.
Music live and party with ADAM&BATA”

Original Facebook event.

The event was open to the public and was free to attend.

According to the Thai press, police inspected the event at around 4PM on February 19th. They were tipped off by local residents that the restaurant was hosting the activities. They found more than 100 Thai and foreigners at the event with music and other activities.

Alcohol was being sold at the restaurant. Two bottles of beer were confiscated and the restaurant was allegedly “selling beer on a day or time that the sale was prohibited or violated conditions or exceptions of the law.”

Four musicians were arrested at the scene, all of them foreigners. The Thai report indicates that they were all French nationals, but I confirmed one of the musicians is originally from Turkey.

The band of musicians were identified as follows:

  • Mr. Julien Michel Bonnereau, drummer

Mr. Julien had shared a flyer for “Hippie festival samui” in the days leading up to the event.

  • Mr. Alain Jean Raymond Auvieux, saxophone

Mr. Alain shared a flyer for “Hippie festival samui” in the days leading up to the event.

  • Mr. Alaettin Mehmet Sarialioglu, electric bass

Mr. Sarialiuglu appears to be from Turkey per his Facebook profile.

  • Mr. Devrainne Julein, electric guitar

I wasn’t able to find Mr. Julein’s social profile.

The four were arrested for allegations of working without a work permit. Their instruments were seized. They were sent to Bo Phut police station for further investigation.

The restaurant hosting the event, La Bohemia, made a Facebook post on their public Facebook page indicating that the event was registered legally.

La diffamation public en Thaïlande est sous le coup de la cour criminelle.
Thaivisa n’hésitant pas à communiquer sur son compte l’inégalité du festival hippie . Faute pour lui d’avoir fait un vrai travail d’info…. le festival hippie était enregistré et autorisé par les services Thailandais compétents .
Rendez vous au tribunal messieurs .
La Bohémia vous souhaite un bon dimanche
(original French)

Public defamation in Thailand is under criminal court.
Thaivisa does not hesitate to communicate the inequality of the hippie festival on his account.
Foul for him for doing a real job of info…. the hippie festival was registered and authorized by the competent Thailand services.
See you in court gentlemen.
La Bohemia wishes you a good Sunday
(English translation)

A band called “Nesta’s gang” is identified in the flyer. I wasn’t able to find a page for them, but there are many videos floating around Facebook of them playing music, especially on Koh Phangan.

If there are any further details from the event, we will be sure to follow up with them.

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My take: This story will definitely divide opinion.

Do I think the foreigner musicians should be arrested for playing a bit of music at the bar? That’s not my call — it’s going to be settled in court or before through negotiations.

The fact is, the raid happened, people were arrested, and these are the facts as they stand.

Source: Thai article: https://www.khaosod.co.th/around-thailand/news_5989172

Alain Auvieux’s profile: https://www.facebook.com/alain.auvieux.1

Julien Michel Bonnereau’s profile: https://www.facebook.com/julien.pedro.716

Mr. Alaettin Mehmet Sarialioglu’s profile: https://www.facebook.com/freakmemo

Hippie festival samui event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/852098622248892/

La Bohemia’s post on page: https://www.facebook.com/LaBohemiaBeach/posts/437190344298047

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