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Friday, 22 March 2013

Future Music Festival Asia 2013 Was Rocking!!

Always, always, strike a pose!
So you probably read my post about my experience at A State Of Trance last Friday (and if you havent , why not?! You can view it HERE ;p), but now I wanna share the awesome time I had at Future Music Festival Asia! This was definitely one of the best events/concerts I've ever been to!
A familiar face! Jude, whom I met in KK during a different Carlsberg event
With Mr Soren, MD Carlsberg M'sia
For those of you who dont know, FMFA is a carnival-like event featuring a mind-blowing number of international and local artistes performing on 4 different stages in one night. (You can view the whole list of artistes in my previous post HERE if you're interested.) I was a bit worried before I found out the set lists that I'd have to miss some acts or spend too much time running back n forth between different stages, but luckily for me, all the people I wanted to rock out to were performing on the Flamingo stage, until, of course, headline act (and the ones I was most looking forward to) The Prodigy performed on the Warrior Dance Stage at the end of the night.
Group picture with Carlsberg MD Mr. Soren Ravn and the Asahi girls.
Sam, Jess, Xiang, Joanna, Don, me , Nath - Cheers to Asahi!


After arriving, we went straight to media briefing in the Asahi VIP air-conditioned area where they had free flowing beer and a DJ especially for the media and VIPs. As one of the lucky 10 bloggers to be sponsored by Asahi Super Dry, thanks to Manoah Consulting, aircon was a luxury I was allowed on such a hot and sticky day (even though it did drizzle a bit in the beginning)!
Big Hair, Xiang, Nath - Ferris Wheel!
Don, The Man (Because his glasses say so.)
After the briefing I ran off at top speed just in time to catch Australian indie-rock band The Temper Trap starting their first performance. They are amazing live! Lead singer Dougy Mandagi's voice was on point the whole time, right down to the last song - the hit that rose them to fame "Sweet Disposition". By the end of their set I was totally in love with Temper Trap, so when I got to snap a quick photo outside with Indonesian-born Mandagi, I was besides myself with joy! Nathalie was prolly thinking I was insane as she helped me take the photos.. Hahaha..
Dougy of Temper Trap
This is how close we got to be! Only for the first song or so, but still.. ;p
Subjecting himself to the groping, Dougy went right up to the screaming crowd!
Got to meet Dougy! ERMAHGERRDDD!!!! ;p
Staying where I was, UK pop singer Rita Ora came on next with her pink cheese dress. As was the case yesterday, we had a pretty international crowd, with flags of all nationalities being held up within the crowd, and we were right in front of 2 English girls from Jersey who were big Rita Ora fans, and even bigger Rihanna fans! I'm not that big of a Rita fan, so I left after we were shooed from the media pit and went up on the faster-than-normal spinning Ferris wheel with Nath. We got a real good look at the crowd from so high up, and it was crazy!
With Jersey girls Jessie and Vanessa
With Sam, after getting kicked outta the media pit.. Lol!
Rushing down to catch Korean sensation PSY with his world (in)famous Gangnam Style, we only got to be in the media pit for 2 of his other songs, which to be quite honest were quite ok. He mentioned that FMFA would be the last stage performance he will be doing of Gangnam Style, which he has been performing worldwide for 9 whole months. He requested that the crowd let him enjoy, and enjoy with him, this last performance (I quote, "Same old horse, same old dance"), so he performed it twice: The first time for videos and photos, the second for everyone to join in - which we did! =D
Gangnam Style!
Even local celebs cant resist the pull of PSY! Jin Hitz, Raymond Kang and Natalie Hitz.
One of the biggest highlights of the whole FMFA was seeing FUN. perform live. The energy from Nate Ruess is amazing! Performing their singles 'We Are Young', 'Some Nights' and 'Carry On' had the crowd singing along, and continuing the dancing and fun (pun intended) with some of their other songs like 'Why Am I The One' had me falling in love with their album all over again. I read somewhere that one of the acts you should see before you die is FUN., and I have to agree.
New friend Shaun from BandWagon.sg
Going down to take a short break and regroup with the rest (we had all split up by now, and unfortunately the reception wasnt that good all the way in Sepang, so we had no idea where everyone was), Sam decided to mess up the braid Nath had done for me earlier on and try his hand at it.. Not bad really, other than fact he only decided to do half my head! Lol!
Jason flew in from Sabah and generously let us crash in his hotel room near Sepang!
Lookie lookie! Preeti from FMS! =D
Dedy from Indonesia, a Livescapes photographer!
Fellow blogger Xiang
While taking a break in the media center - Nath, Sam, Kahmon, Xiang, Don, Zana, Me!
Unfortunately, the last part of the night had 2 (kind of) downers. Number 1, there seemed to be a problem with Flamingo stage, as Bloc Party, who were supposed to perform at 12am, were still not ready to go when I had to leave to The Prodigy's performance at 12.45am. So I never got to see them perform.. Secondly, media were not allowed to go into the media pit to take photos of prodigy, I'm guessing cz of the pyro involved with their performance, but I could be wrong.
Feeling the music, dude!

Other than that however, The Prodigy was everything I had expected and more! Great performers, screams always in tune (lol), and a whole lot of headbanging like never before! I was pleasantly surprised that Sam, Joanna and Ryan were just as much of a mosher as I was, so we let our wild sides out all the way until the end at 2am, when we still didnt want them to stop! Next time a rave is in town, count me in! =D
Ready to rock!
Nath caught me in action!
All sorts of crazy was unleashed!
Joanna, Kahmon n I giving our necks a break!
 I took some short videos which I was planning to turn into a vlog post for you guys to see, but unfortunately since I was right in front of the speakers, it turns into a whole lotta noise, so I dont really think it's worth uploading.. =( I didnt think of that when I took the videos.. Sigh..Oh well..
Group shot!
In testimony as to how hard we partied, I started to fall sick the Monday I got home.. But hey, if FMFA really was the cause? It was pretty damn worth it.


xxxxx

Photo credits to Seraphsam, Xiangcool , Kahmon and Nath.

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2 comments:

  1. omg you guys are so close to the stage! Nice shots :D

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    1. Yea, we were so lucky! Did you go too..? Thanks! =)

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