Saturday, January 31, 2015
Urbanscapes 2014 @ Genting Highlands
I would like to share with you 10 best things about Urbanscapes 2014 at Genting Highlands (because man, I like to do lists!):
Starting with number...
10. The venue.
This year's edition of Urbanscapes was held at Genting Highlands, another new site chosen after Serdang and Padang Astaka. I loved it! Why? It was quite near from my home. And the parking area was okay and provided for FREE! A little financial improvement from last years.
And still got the signature mud.
9. Side activities
I played ping pong, I drew, I ran through a brief rain, I played games organized by Nando's and got rewarded. One thing for sure, comparing to last Urbanscapeses, this year I did a lot of things besides enjoying live performances.
8. The Lemonheads
Seeing this 90s music sounding bit like Oasis was a pleasure.
An area was reserved for Biji-Biji to showcase their creative inventions. There was a cool idea where I got to trade my healthy sweat (biking) for a sight of green liquid getting ejected from a water tower.
6. Food and beverages
San Francisco Coffee's buy 1 free 1 beverage promo. Nando's rewarding free meal vouchers via games. Nuff said.
5. North Bangsar
New thing I discovered at Urbanscapes. It got Borat-like Jon Mayer, funny signboards, cartoonist Zunar getting jailed and... Pony Eusoff.
I saw her last two years at Singapore and this time around I got to see her performing some songs from her new wicked album 'The Golden Echo'. Energetic as usual. The dress was so Kimbra.
3. Upfront Stage
Like last year at Serdang, I fell in love with the amazing Upfront Stage as it continued serving superb live sets with great sound and lighting system. I love it more than any other stage! Maybe I just love indoor-like stage and I have this belief that the smaller the venue and closer you are to the music, the better live music experience you would get. Too bad I only saw a few acts there; Cashew Chemists, Ali Aiman and... I'll tell you later.
2. Local Natives
Urbanscapes has this habit of introducing cool new music to me. And I have this habit of liking to discover new music and bands. I never heard any Local Natives' music before so I was skeptical about this unknown band they brought to the event. Well, now I am thankful to the crew I have seen one of the best live performing acts this year. Everything was moving on and off the stage. With an excellent Talking Heads cover performed alongside their owns, Local Natives were one of the magics which happened that night.
1. Jagwar Ma
Jagwar Ma! The last band I saw on Upfront Stage and boy, it was THE highlight of the event, for me. The band, the music, the crowd, the set-up (well, it's Upfront Stage! It can't do wrong.) and everything else about this performance were perfect. Perfect in the form of 10/10! So tight and mind-blowing.