Sundown Festival 2013 : Celebrating Asian Music As the Sun Goes Down
November 24, 2013
We didn’t know quite what to expect when we are over at Sundown, at the open area near F1 Pit Building as it was my first time attending a music concert held right over there. But thank goodness, the rain has stopped and by 6.45pm, the crowd started to stream in. Of all the Asian pop acts tonight, I am only familiar with Yoga Lin’s (林宥嘉) music. Though I am unfamiliar with the rest of music artistes, I am still pretty excited about the concert. Who knows? Maybe I might just become a fan of one of the artistes performing tonight.
Like any other open outdoor concert, there were no chairs for us to sit put only patches of grass for us to stand. It’s actually really tiring to stand at the mosh pit for hours. It’s cram, sticky, humid and hot. After standing for about 2 hours, my legs started to ache really badly. Perhaps I should really think twice about attending outdoor concerts as I’m getting old with my ‘rickety’ bones growing weaker each day… ( Can’t believe I’m actually feeling this though I’m only in my twenties).
One of the supposedly exciting part of the concert is Asian Street Food Village that is housed within the concert grounds. I expected a wide variety of stalls selling street food of various Asian countries but I was disappointed by the limited number of stalls set up in the tent. It wasn’t a ‘village’ at all. It was more like a town with just a row of representative stalls of the various Asian countries selling quick bites.
The concept of gathering music artistes from all over Asia to perform in Singapore, against a beautiful city skyline is eventful and quite spectacular. But it would be even better if they called upon singers and bands who are more iconic and could better represent their country and culture. Say for Taiwan, we could have Ah Mei (張惠妹) and perhaps a few other more well-known regional artistes. Ahhh…but I do know that it isn’t easy to beckon these big shots to come over to perform…
Even though they weren’t any really mega stars tonight, but all the performers did a great job in rocking the stage. At least, the concert goers around me were really into the mood while listening to great music under the blanket of stars and a bright full moon ( all hidden behind the clouds).
Rocksteddy is an alternative rock band from the Philippines and their main singer, Teddy Corpuz really bring up the atmosphere with his strong vocals. Even though they are singing in Tagalog, the audience who were mostly Singaporeans, was moving to the beat. That’s the power of music. It has no boundaries.
Members: Teddy Corpuz ( lead singer), Jeff Cucullo ( drummer), Howie Ramos ( rhythmic guitarist)
Rocksteddy is formerly known as Acoustic Faith, an acoustic band which plays Christian music. But they later decided to venture into alternative rock music. But nevertheless, they are still brothers in the name of Christ.
Singapore’s really hot and humid, yeah? It felt like sauna in here.
He’s got the attitude.
No More Tear
Before I introduce them, I got to say that the female lead singer who little strangely like myself. It’s like I’m seeing myself in her. Weird, I know. But this Thai pop band is really of substance with the lead singer, FukFang who took the stage like a superstar and unleash her vocals that speaks of passion. These are the music people whom you can tell that they really love what they are doing.
Members : FukFang (Singer), Chay ( guitarist), Tae (Bassist), Ice ( drummer)
Adonia Shao 邵雨涵
The next to take on stage is Adonia Shao, a sweet-looking 27-year-old singer from China. She seems a little nervous on stage but she manage to find herself back when she won the crowd with her elegant ‘swan dance’ she did during one of her slow songs.
Adonia ended off her performance with a ‘Cheerleader’ smile!
The row of fan girls started screaming at the top of their lungs when Screw was introduced, I was like, ‘ Don’t tell me I am standing right behind a row of Screw’s super die-hard fans. I was weary that these enthusiastic fans might just knock me out with their banners, lightsticks or maybe even with their ear-piercing screams. But thank goodness, it didn’t happen.
However, the fans were in this total trance when Screw begin to perform.The fans, mainly girls, were thrashing with their heads to the beat of the music. The atmosphere skyrocketed to another level when the members of Screw started to flail their heads, from left to right, with their hair flinging all over. And same goes to Screw’s fans who thrash their heads out to the front, while grabbing tightly onto barricades and pushing it as they rock to the music. It did shocked me to see the security guards suddenly walking forward to add resistance to their push on the barricades. But the fans were simply in their own world, flinging their hair all over the place, even right into the faces of the irritated security guards.The air around me was filled with this sweaty hair scalp smell and tiny bits of dandruff floating all about.
This Japanese visual-kei band is really something, huh? This 5-member indie band also has build an pretty extensive discography with hits which topped the Indies chart in Japan.
Their performance is quite spectacular seeing that the crowd were wowed by their music and presence but I’m just not too sure if what they have done on stage is really appropriate for the crowd as there are families with young children. If you were there at night, you will know what I mean. To some, Byo’s actions might seem offensive.
Members: Byo ( lead vocalist), Kazuki (leader, lead guitarist), Manabu (rhythm guitarist), Rui ( bassist)
Jin ( drummer, percussionist)
Yoga Lin 林宥嘉
I heaved a sigh of relief when Yoga Lin appeared next with a guitar and his amiable persona on stage. Finally, my ears could get some rest as I listened to the soothing tunes and voice of Yoga.
I was also standing to a fan of Yoga who came all the way from Philippines. I couldn’t help but to ask her how she get to know of Yoga’s music and she said it was through a friend who introduced Yoga’s songs to her. And I guess this pretty much explains the meaning and objective behind Sundown Festival – to bridge the various Asian cultures together through good music.
I got to know of his talent through this Taiwanese singing talent show called One Million Star(超級星光大道) where he was the winner of the first season of this talent show. Though he might be petite, his vocals is of unique quality – slightly husky but soothing and gentle.
Rico Blanco is another artiste representing the Philippines. This rock icon, Rico, shines on stage in a filipino traditional native costume. In essence, his elaborated costume has already stole the show. He’s another multi-talented artiste that his own music being appreciated by people outside of Philippines. His most recent album release, Galactik Fiestamatik, scored the number one spot on iTunes worldwide.
Bosco Wong 黃宗澤
Anyone who watched Hong Kong drama serials would be familiar with this Hong Kong TVB actor. He may look quite mature on photographs but he looked super handsome and young in real life. Who’s that evil photographer who added more wrinkles to his face on photograph?
I told you, he looks incredibly young and fit here.
So exercise do make you look young, huh?
After Bosco’s performance, I leave with no choice but to leave the concert grounds as my legs were going to break into two. Anyhow, I missed the performances by AOA, D=OUT and Nidji. AOA is a korean pop girl band that would probably receive lots of cheering from the guys. Nidji is a pop band from Indonesia and last but not least, D=OUT, a Japanese visual kei band. What about Singapore? They should rope in local songbirds like Tanya Chua.
Hmm, I wonder if there were D=OUT fans present that evening to rock the moshpit?