AFP

PHNOM PENH

Cambodian officials said they had banned partygoers from holding a massive rave on a tropical island after deciding the festival would be ‘indecent’.

Thousands of predominantly Russian revellers were expected at the Kazantip festival in Koh Pos - also known as ‘Snake Island’ - for ten days of non-stop partying that was supposed to kick off on Wednesday. Previously held in the Crimea and Georgia, the Cambodia event was billed as the organiser’s first winter gathering and was described on its website as one of the world’s ‘longest, craziest and liveliest’ parties. But Cambodian officials Tuesday said they had told the organisers the party could not go ahead. ‘We have stopped the festival,’ Chhin Seng Nguon, deputy governor of Preah Sihanouk province - also know as Sihanoukville - told AFP by telephone.

‘We saw what the festival looked like in other countries and their performances involved indecent activities. But our culture and tradition is different from others,’ he added. Kazantip’s organisers could not be reached for comment.  Photos posted on the group’s Facebook page showed organisers constructing a stage and putting up large wooden structures on a tropical beach venue. An official line-up flyer posted to the page also listed at least 53 DJ’s and artists who were expected to play at the festival.