Leona Lewis was the star attraction at the AreYouVolkswagenEnough? street launch.
BRITISH R&B singer Leona Lewis sold out her Labyrinth Tour concert at the O2 Arena in London earlier this summer. But as far as the sweltering heat is concerned, Lewis must have felt an “extended summer” during her recent showcase at the Are You Volkswagen Enough? street launch at Changkat Bukit Bintang in Kuala Lumpur last Saturday.
Her public appearance was one of the city’s best kept secrets to coincide with the German car manufacturer’s launch of three new models.
The art of keeping a secret has never been one of the local entertainment scene’s strong points. As expected, a steady stream of music fans started thronging Changkat Bukit Bintang from 7pm to get the best spots to view the 25-year-old singer’s free performance.
A series of homegrown opening acts kept the orderly crowd occupied, notably some lively sets by Arabyrd, Bittersweet and Liyana Fizi while Australia pop punk outfit The Veronicas rolled out a performance that was full of fizz but hardly Volkswagen Enough to tweet about.
By 10pm, the whole place was buzzing with anticipation. It was time for Lewis to go on stage and nearly 2,500 fans were ready to be swept up by her amazing vocals and charm. Talk about a special treat – a former X Factor reality show winner in a free showcase here.
Lewis obliged the masses with a 12-song set, with cherry-picked selections lifted from her upcoming Labyrinth Tour DVD setlist.
Unlike London, there was no pyrotechnics, fancy lighting or the kitchen sink. The big difference was, this was Lewis, dressed in a black dress with a train, on a narrow open-air stage in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. The humidity was rather oppressive but credit to the young woman for pulling through with an enthusiastic, spirited performance.
This was no diva action, this was Lewis playing the pro and putting on her best form. She clicked her heels with the groovy numbers ( Bleeding Love, Sweet Dreams), nailed a few intimate moments on a bar stool ( Cry Me A River, Naked, Happy) and had her indie hat on with a rousing cover of Snow Patrol’s Run. It was mission accom- plished for the Leona Lewis hour, a show that definitely saw the singer singing hard for her supper.
It all ended with smiles and fire- works as Changkat Bukit Bintang continued the street party until the wee hours of the morning. – DarylGoh
Singer Leona Lewis savouring the moment at the AreYouVolkswagen Enough? street launch on Changkat Bukit Bintang in Kuala Lumpur last Saturday.