Lorde em­braces adult­hood in her new al­bum

The Sun (Malaysia) - - ENTERTAINMENT - BY AZIZUL RAH­MAN IS­MAIL

ROCKAWAY The Saga Con­tin­ues had big shoes to fill last Satur­day when it ‘blasted’ off at the Ex­treme Park Bukit Jalil. This mega-con­cert had to top the epic Rockaway Malaysia Mo­toGP con­cert on Oct 29 which brought to­gether Musa’s May­hem, Wolf­mother, The Dark­ness, Wings, and Scor­pi­ons on a sin­gle stage.

What The Saga Con­tin­ues promised was the chance to see 28 lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional acts, across three stages.

Mu­sic fans who made the walk to the top of the hill where the con­cert was held were in­deed spoilt for choice.

There was a Main Stage made up of two sep­a­rate stages where main­stream acts per­formed while up-and-com­ing in­de­pen­dent and heavy metal bands were fea­tured on Stage Three.

Ask any­one in at­ten­dance which act they were look­ing for­ward to the most, and you would get a dif­fer­ent an­swer every time.

And nei­ther the blis­ter­ing heat nor the long 15-minute trek up the hill or the even­tual rain damp­ened their en­thu­si­asm or stopped the flow of in­com­ing fans.

The Saga Con­tin­ues was kicked off by acous­tic rock group Dir­ga­hayu on the Main Stage, while Malaysian melodic hard­core band WTNSS took over Stage Three.

Toko Ki­lat was up next on the Main Stage, fol­lowed by loud, fun-lov­ing DIY punk band LyMe.

Its front­man Javier Badillo kicked his shoes into the crowd while dancing, and promptly asked for them back af­ter his set was done.

At the same time, Man Un­der Zero Ef­fort con­tin­ued the beau­ti­ful acous­tic rock vibes on Stage Three, and were fol­lowed up by 60s TV, Don’t Look Back in Anger Born to be Wild, Jump. But no other band brought out the fun like Son of a Policeman (SOAP). The in­die band from Subang pulled the crowd to Stage Three, with a set fea­tur­ing coloured pow­der, bouncy balls, and dhol drum beats, all de­spite the light rain. Next up were The Sum­mer State from

Sin­ga­pore, and lo­cal rock NEW ZEALAND singer Lorde ( left), who en­joyed phe­nom­e­nal suc­cess while still a teenager, cel­e­brated her re­cent 20th birth­day by an­nounc­ing a new al­bum that will ex­plore be­com­ing an adult.

The long-awaited fol­low-up to her block­buster 2013 de­but al­bum, will be out soon, she said, with­out giv­ing a date or a ti­tle for the al­bum.

“Writ­ing was my way of en­shrin­ing our teenage glory, putting it up in lights Ku Hi­jau. Bo­hemian Rhap­sody. for­ever so that part of me never dies, and this record – well, this one is about what comes next,” she wrote on Facebook from New York, where she has been busy record­ing the al­bum.

On turn­ing 20, she said: “I’m not a kid any more, and I’m re­al­is­ing that the weird­ness of those My­lar bal­loons is go­ing to be okay.”

(She was re­fer­ring to the shiny, colour­ful bal­loons present dur­ing birth­day cel­e­bra­tions.)

Hav­ing writ­ten songs since Kau Il­ham while hang­ing up­side down.

This was fol­lowed by Third Eye Blind who brought back mem­o­ries with Jumper and Semi-Charmed Life.

Fi­nally, cap­ping off the 11-hour con­cert was But­terfin­gers. Af­ter a 17-year hia­tus, the band still had the touch, leav­ing the 8,000strong crowd sat­is­fied.

When ev­ery­thing was over, ev­ery­one be­gan the walk back down the hill, still pumped with adren­a­line from the big­gest rock event in Malaysia.

With their paths lit by street­lamps, thou­sands of rock fans went home with a skip in their step, a ring­ing in their ears, a song in their head, and a story to tell from Rockaway the Saga Con­tin­ues. age 13, Lorde be­came an in­ter­na­tional sen­sa­tion with her song, Roy­als, a mock­ing look at the pur­suit of ma­te­rial wealth that won the Grammy for song of the year in 2014.

Lorde, whose real name is Ella Yelich-O’Con­nor, has man­aged to avoid the ex­cesses and tabloid head­line-gen­er­at­ing life­style that are no­to­ri­ous among child stars.

She made “a very de­lib­er­ate choice to with­draw from pub­lic life” over the past year, she wrote, and en­joyed the greater anonymity for the most part.

“I started to dis­cover in a pro­found, scary, blood-aching way who I was when I was alone, what I did when I did things only for my­self.”

Say­ing lit­tle about her forth­com­ing al­bum, Lorde boasted its lyrics were “the best I’ve writ­ten in my life”.

“The party is about to start,” she wrote. “I am about to show you the new world.” – AFPRe­laxnews

Some of the Rockaway high­lights ... (clock­wise, from far left) Tak­ing Back Sun­day; But­terfin­gers; Third Eye Blind; Zainal; and The Al­l­ey­cats.

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