Power down music fest
The Power Down Music Fest, a part of the Eco Film Fest, was a feast of diversity for the masses.
ALL good things must end with a bang! At least that was the idea for the Power Down Music Fest, which marked the the closing of the Eco Film Fest 2010.
Held last Saturday, the second last day of the festival in Universiti Malaya’s Faculty of Economics and Administration, Power Down had bands blasting away on the X Plugged stage throughout the day.
The Power Down Music Fest, presented by The Star media group, was the first time the Eco Film Fest hosted a night time event.
The afternoon session included newcomers Keladak and Think! Tadpole! Think! plus Goodbye 20th Century, Shh ... Diam! and Kyoto Protocol, who had performed for the Indie Youth Festival just a few weeks before.
In the spirit of eco-awareness, the bands performed environment-inspired songs using as little stage equipment as possible. Kyoto Protocol took this challenge to heart, doing an acoustic set. Even without their usual set up and only three of their five bandmates, they played as hard as ever, with lead singer Fuad Alhabshi’s guitar string actually snapping mid-set.
Girl band Shh ... Diam! had the crowd dancing along in the afternoon sun to songs
Tree Theatre Group’s wayang kulit performance at Power Down Music Festival, presented by Fest in Universiti Malaya last Saturday. – Ricky Lai/The Star Jazz pop singer Amirah Ali getting into the groove. about clean showers, french fries and marinelife preservation. “ Dugong Ku is really about dugongs. It’s a song from my solo days, back when I sang in Lepaq Cafe,” said Shh ... Diam!’s Farah Saad, 25. In fact, the band members are big believers in recycling, having even made music instruments out of so called “trash”.
Students Liyana Jamili and Ayisha Rahman, both 21, had come just for the music but found the rest of the festival to be just as interesting.
“It was great, I found out more about what a vegan diet is, really useful stuff ‘ cause one of my friends is a vegetarian,” said Liyana.
The Power Down Fest went into full swing by evening, with the setting sun leaving the X Plugged stage in darkness, save for a few lamps. The later session featured music by Rollin’ Sixers, Monoloque, Amirah Ali and crowd favourite Aizat Amdan, plus performances from break-dancers Wakaka, the Eco Drum Circle, bamboo nose player Raman Bah Tuin and a wayang kulit show by the Tree Theatre Group.
Performing at the Eco Film Fest for the
at the Eco Film
Eco Drum Circle banging up
Go Green awareness.