Figuratively speaking, but literally, by the rain.
Stompin' Sabah 2010 - did it meet my expectations?
Honestly, I was deflated in the beginning.
'Coz it was freakin' raining!
Luckily I got VIP tickets and I smugly went through the VIP's lane. Then felt slightly FMLed when I saw the VVIP lane next to it.
The audience arena was divided into three parts:
1. VVIP (RM100)
Food and drinks served, chairs and tables provided plus shelter, and front view but further way back - where all the 'important', rich bastards who would go hysterical if a splotch of mud landed on their Calvin Kleins sat.
2. VIP (Complimentary. Maybe)
Food and drinks served, chairs and tables provided plus shelter, and a side view waaay at the side - where all the cheapskate bloggers and bored looking parents who thought they could relive their younger years with their children sleeping in prams sat.
3. XPAX Arena (RM30)
No food and drinks, no shelter but right at the front where you will be showered with the singers' saliva, get body rubbed and molested once in a while and of course - where the real party's at to go wild!
But then again, where do you think is THE best area to be at?
XPAX Arena view:
VIP area view:
Exactly. But the free food and Jim Beam Coke made everything better though.
Like I mentioned earlier, the rain was a total killjoy, but that didn't stop people from partying.
Some dumb parents even brought their babies wrapped in a blanket under the pouring rain.
Now about the concert itself.
Was it really a child prodigy of the Rainforest Music Festival and MTV's World Stage?
Well, not exactly, but I dare say there were more contemporary music than traditional, and the occasional fusions.
This concert actually served as a platform for new and upcoming local Sabahan bands who are trying to get their first big break - performing covers, introducing their own songs (which were ASTOUNDING) and of course, doing fusions.
Then the stage was set on fire by bringing in our local Malaysian artists and international ones like our very own rock queen Ella and Wicked Aura Batucada from Singapore.
Wicked Aura Batucada, as their name suggested, are absolutely wicked. Period.
But there was one performance that really blew my fucking mind away.
It was Shawn Lee, ranked no.9 in the beatboxing world.
He is the testimony that you don't need music to party when you have a turntable in your mouth.
I recorded his whole performance, including the one with MC Vibe and I don't know how to edit and shorten it for this post because you HAVE to see his whole performance.
For one orgasmic moment there, I wanted to marry him and make cute little beatboxing babies with him.
I didn't stay till the end of the show though, especially when Ella started to take over the stage, so do check out Chegu Carol's.
My parents were getting sleepy. Yes peeps, my parents wanted to tag along. Along with my aunt, uncle, cousin...
I managed to hang out with one of the bands playing that night, The Ariez.
Photo courtesy of Tracy Lynn Sagindai
Well actually the head of the band is my cousin's husband hence the look-at-me-I'm-so-cool-hanging-out-with-one-of-the-bands photo.
For those who couldn't make it that night and think pictures can't do justice, here's a compilation video how it was roughly. Note ROUGHLY. And shaky too. Also note that I left after Wicked Aura, so there was none with Ella and the others after her.
Though initially I thought the concert's was gonna be put out by the rain, it sizzled throughout and yes, I enjoyed it in the end.
Will I go again? Hell yeah. And this time I'm leaving my parents at home.
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