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MTV EXIT Announces Regional Artist Line-Up For Udon Thani Concert

February 21, 2014 Destination Thailand No Comments Email Email

MTV EXIT, in collaboration with MTV Thailand, today announce the full line-up for “MTV EXIT Live in UdonThani”, a free concert on 15 March to educate young people about the dangers of human trafficking.

Multi-platinum artist Bodyslam will join top bands from around the ASEAN region, including Project E.A.R.

MTV EXIT Live in Udon Thani LOGO“The fact that ASEAN’s top artists are pledging their support for the MTV EXIT campaign is testament to how the fight against human trafficking is gaining traction in the region,” said Matt Love, Director, MTV EXIT.

The “MTV EXIT Live in UdonThani” line-up includes Thai bands Bodyslam, Slot Machine, MILD, Yellow Fang and Kala, Lao rockers Cells and Kai Overdance, and Project E.A.R. (East Asian Revolution). Project E.A.R. brings together talent from established bands across ASEAN, including members of Pop Shuvit (Malaysia), Slapshock (Philippines) and Thaitanium (Thailand).

“It is inspiring to see artists from across ASEAN come together to raise awareness about human trafficking. It is a devastating crime that can affect anyone. I call on my fans in UdonThani to come to our concert on 15 March to learn about human trafficking, and for my fans everywhere to join the fight against human trafficking in their communities,” said ArtiwaraKongmalai, lead singer of Bodyslam.

The MTV EXIT campaign is produced in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). It is supported by ASEAN, theUdonThani Municipality and the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security of the Royal Thai Government.

122420-89d64b2e-a1dc-4859-a7b4-cf6519141308-mildfbpost2-large-1392727387“We have to work together to end human trafficking and exploitation,” said Kristie Kenney, U.S. Ambassador toThailand. “With MTV EXIT and others, we join forces with our partners across Asia and beyond to say this: enough is enough — the scourge of human trafficking must end.”

James Wise, Australian Ambassador to Thailand, said: “Human trafficking affects women, men and children alike. Australia is proud to be working with the United States, Thailand and the ASEAN community to combat this heinous crime. MTV EXIT’s concert in UdonThani will bring together governments, communities and artists to inform and mobilise people in the fight against human trafficking. This is important because lasting change will only happen if everyone works together.”

“MTV EXIT Live in UdonThani” takes place at the UdonThani Football Stadium on 15 March 2014. Gates open at 17:00. To pre-register for free tickets, go to www.mtvexit.org. Free tickets 

will also be available to pick up from 16:00-20:00 on 7, 8 and 9 March at Central Plaza UdonThani. Supplies are limited!

People are trafficked from, through and into Thailand for sexual exploitation, forced domestic work, begging, and forced labour in the fishing, construction, factory and low-end garment industries. UdonThani is a known area for human trafficking due to higher levels of poverty and low levels of awareness.

The majority of Asia’s 11 million victims of human trafficking are young people, making the large university town of UdonThani a perfect location to reach those at risk with information on how they can protect themselves.

“MTV EXIT Live in UdonThani” is the thirty-ninth free human trafficking awareness-raising concert MTV EXIT has held globally. MTV EXIT made history by producing the first-ever major international concerts at Angkor Wat inCambodia and in front of Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar. MTV EXIT concerts have featured top international and local artists, including Placebo, Jason Mraz, Super Junior, Simple Plan and R.E.M. MTV EXIT’s live events have reached over 1.8 million people globally.

MTV EXIT is pleased to haveNok Air, Central Plaza, MCOT and TQPR as official partners for this event.

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