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Rhythm of Unity

Posted by kenchill. Categories Event Coverage, Events, Music

The stage halfway

The Rhythm of Unity concert was set to improve ties between Malaysia and Indonesia but what turned out was really unexpected.

The event was supposed to start at 5pm and when we got to the venue at 4pm, the stage was still being constructed halfway. Rumor has it that the organisers could not afford to pay the second payment after the stage has been built, prompting the stage company to deconstruct the stage. The organisers then managed to contact another event company for the stage to be built on Saturday afternoon itself, just before the event starts.

Night crowd

Luck was not on their side though as it started to rain at around 6.30pm, just before the lighting and main speakers could be lifted up to be secured on the main boom. The heavy thunderstorm roared for 2 hours before finally giving way. It took the stage crew another 2 hours to properly setup the stage and have a thorough sound check.

The unlucky crowd had to shelter themselves at the covered walkway near the LRT station before managing to have a bite at the celop vans setup just outside the barricaded area. Some entertained themselves at a smaller rock gig held just nearby while some went to Endah Parade to have dinner.

Hujan merchandise booth

Celup

ANYWAY, despite all the delays and setbacks, the show had to go on and it did.

Speaking about the barricades, they were just the metal see through barricades surrounding the stage area, which means if you did not have a ticket, you still can stand outside the barricaded area and watch the concert! Though luck. The organisers had thought about it and just before the event started, they secured plywoods above the barricades to prevent anyone outside the barricades from watching the concert.

Barricades + plywood

At this point of time (about 10pm), I don’t think it was any use to do this as people who had tickets were of course staying back to watch the show and those without tickets are not going to buy the tickets at the door. They even dropped the price of the tickets to RM35, but I guess it was useless anyway. RM35 for a 2 hour show? Hmmm….

One Buck Short

One Buck Short opened the show with a 5 song set to a quiet crowd. It took quite a while for the crowd to warm up due to the long delay and frustration. Once their mood was up, they started enjoying themselves.

One Buck Short

One Buck Short

One Buck Short

Bunkface was no where to be seen as they had to perform at another venue.

Hujan

Jaja - Hujan

Hujan was up next, with much support from their fans in the crowd. They did unleash their new single Obsesi, before ending their set with Aku Scandal and Empayarmu.

Hang Dimas - Hujan

Crowd

The Indonesian crowd with their flags up supported by human pyramid structures.

Crowd

Letto

Letto

Letto took stage next, playing quite a number of songs and entertaining the hungry crowd.

Letto

Letto

Letto

Din - Estranged

Estranged

Estranged‘s slot was sandwiched between the 2 Indonesian bands and they managed to play around 6 songs, despite the lack of time. The lack of proper sound system setup was obvious as the vocalist’s microphone was cut out a couple of times during their set.

Estranged

Estranged

Security

Heavy security.

Slank

Slank

Slank took stage as the clock was approaching midnight and played a disappointing 2 songs (last song of the night being Ku Tak Bisa) before giving a bow to the crowd and then quickly into their bus.

Slank

Slank

Slank

The crowd was totally enjoying themselves and singing along to all the songs played by all the bands, but I guess they went home really disappointed as Slank only managed to play 2 songs and also with the lack of Bunkface.

As for the organiser,  this being their first event really brought down their reputation but I wish them all the best in organising their next event.

 


2 Responses to “Rhythm of Unity”

  1. afina - July 16, 2009 / 11:13 pm

    wow, awesome pics, u make the event looks thousand times better than it really was :)
    me n my frns were there too, as the crews.. and guess what, they havent paid us till today x( troublesome EO

     
  2. kenchill - July 21, 2009 / 1:07 pm

    Ah well, the wait was horrible, but not getting paid sucks even more.

     

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