Thousands attend Thai music festival... via Zoom

It may appear to lack some of the atmosphere of a traditional festival, but for thousands of Thai music fans on Sunday (June 7) this was the next best thing.

The country staged its first online, six hour music festival via the video communication app Zoom.

From screens at home an audience of nearly 3,000 logged on to watch eleven Thai and international bands perform - for a ticket price of 499 Baht - around 15 US dollars.

Samkwan Tonsompong, of event organizer What the Duck, said the audience and artists could sing along together and chat - calling it closer than being at an actual concert.

But for fans like 15-year-old student Sirinapa it wasn't the same as a live event.

"Even though I'm watching artists close the screen, it still far apart because we are in different locations. I'm watching only with friends via Zoom it's kind of lonely. One down side is that even when I scream so loud, the artist couldn't hear me."

Public events were put on hold or cancelled in Thailand in mid-March.

Cinemas and theaters can now reopen, but with no more than 200 people at a time and with strict social distancing measures.