*Farang, in Thai means Westerner or white person—or basically, one who’s not Asian.*
The staff had come out to set up on the west lawn. They spread white linen over the tables and arranged the silver into its proper arrangement. Christmas lights were strung in the trees overhanging the stage. When everything looked right, they stepped back and waited for the bands to arrive. And one by one, the farang bands arrived, all nine of them: Celtic Colours, Stranded, Rick and Iggy, Simon & Friends, Bastard, Cannonball, Inuendo, Soi Dogs, and Flow.
The day was the 5th of December, the King of Thailand’s birthday. The place was The British Club in Bangkok, and the event was the second annual Britstock.
Britstock is unique in that the band members are mostly farang and mostly English schoolteachers by day. Sure, these guys are just teachers, but they the can really rock. They put as much soul into their music as their day jobs—probably more. Besides, most bars, if not all, were closed for the Thai holiday.
Rick Fafoutas of the band Rick and Iggy said this about the event and his peers: “Normally we don’t get to see all our friends together like this. We get to meet good friends and hear their music we normally don’t get to hear, because we are always playing in other bars.”
This story first appeared on the Bangkok Jungle website before it changed ownership.