President’s Night Out
An avid heavy metal aficionado, President Joko Widodo discovers a new world of music by Charli XCX and Shura at We the Fest 2017
We the Fest, the annual summer festival of music, arts, fashion and food, has rocked Jakarta for the last four years and features a variety of musical genres, including pop, rock, indie, hip hop and electronic dance music.
On the Friday of the second week of August, after attending another event at the Jakarta International Expo compound, President Joko Widodo paid an impromptu visit to the festival. “I just want to see the new trends in music,” said the president. “I am for heavy metal, but what I saw in Shura’s concert is okay with me.” During this special night out, President Jokowi also enjoyed an exceptional piece presented by Charli XCX, a British singer and songwriter known for her 2014 hit single “Boom Clap” from the soundtrack album The Fault in Our Stars.
A night out President Joko Widodo greets his fans