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Ho-Hai-Yan Rock Festival will not ban thongs: Chou

STAFF WRITER

C-shaped thongs will not be banned from the upcoming Kungliao Ho-Hai-Yan Rock Festival (貢寮海洋音樂祭) nor will people be barred from bringing their own beer to the event, the Taipei County Government said.

Taipei County Commissioner Chou Hsi-wei (周錫瑋) made the remarks in response to rumors the county government would impose such a ban.

Dismissing the rumors, Chou said at a press conference on Thursday to announce the launch of the music festival that event attendees would be allowed to bring their own drinks.

“Stuff like the C-shaped thongs, I told people that unless there are other regulations governing such things … we will not bug people for [wearing them,]” he said.

Director of the county government’s Tourism and Travel Bureau Chin Hui-chu (秦慧珠), said the county government welcomes people to wear C-shape thongs as long as the attire does not violate public decency by exposing the chest or genitals.

The annual music festival made its debut in the summer of 2000. This year, the three-day event will take place from next Friday at Fulong Beach (福隆海灘).

It will feature shows and competitions, a battle of the bands and outdoor concerts by local and international bands. Performers will include Golden Melody award-winning singers Stanley Huang (黃立行) and A-mei (張惠妹).

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