Power down mu­sic fest

The Power Down Mu­sic Fest, a part of the Eco Film Fest, was a feast of di­ver­sity for the masses.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - FRONT PAGE - By Qishin TariQ

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

Pup­pet power:

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Eco Drum Cir­cle bang­ing up

Go Green aware­ness.

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