Afro­jack stars at Golden Land fes­ti­val

The Myanmar Times - - The Pulse - RJ VOGT rj.vogt@mm­times.com

WORLD-FA­MOUS DJs don’t of­ten come to Myan­mar. So nat­u­rally, when Dutch DJ Afro­jack per­formed live in Yan­gon on Oc­to­ber 1 at the Shwe Htut Tin Com­pound, peo­ple took no­tice.

An es­ti­mated 2000 elec­tronic dance mu­sic fans at­tended the show, which head­lined Myan­mar’s Golden Land Mu­sic Fes­ti­val, pre­sented by Road Run­nerz En­ter­tain­ment. On a bill that also in­cluded DJs An­drew Ravel, Wolf Pack and Ap­ster, Afro­jack de­liv­ered a blis­ter­ing 90-minute-long per­for­mance that fea­tured ad­vanced light dis­plays and hits from his 2014 de­but al­bum For­get the World.

“He should have played more,” said Yu Yu, who at­tended the event with her 13-year old nephew. “Even if the weather was hot, and we were sweat­ing a lot, we could not stop danc­ing.”

The DJ, who DJ Mag has ranked in the top 10 in­ter­na­tion­ally for the last five years, has pre­vi­ously head­lined mas­sive in­ter­na­tional fes­ti­vals such as To­mor­row­land, Ul­tra and Coachella. Hav­ing co-pro­duced with artists David Guetta and Madonna, Afro­jack has also con­trib­uted to the work of pop su­per­star Beyonce.

The Golden Land Fes­ti­val was not Road Run­nerz En­ter­tain­ment’s first ma­jor mu­sic event, as the group has made a name for it­self in Myan­mar with its an­nual God Theatre Wa­ter Fes­ti­val shows, or­gan­ised since 2009 in con­junc­tion with the Bud­dhist new year cel­e­bra­tion of Thingyan.

But this week­end’s fes­ti­val marked the group’s big­gest yet, with lo­cal artists Ken­drick, Rush, M In­vaders and Burmese Smash kick­ing off the mu­sic lineup at 4pm Satur­day af­ter­noon. Tick­ets for the event ranged from K40,000 to K1.5 mil­lion.

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The DJ went on at 11pm, fin­ish­ing his set at 12:30 early on the morn­ing of Oc­to­ber 2.

Face­book/Golden Land Mu­sic Fes­ti­val

The stage at Shwe Htut Tin Com­pound hosted Dutch DJ Afro­jack on Oc­to­ber 1, part of the Golden Land Mu­sic Fes­ti­val or­gan­ised by Road Run­nerz En­ter­tain­ment.

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