Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Malaysian Music Festivals

Music plays a significant role in the life of Malaysians and the country hosts various music festivals and concerts throughout the year. During the month of March, the country host two mega music festivals which are expected to attract hordes of tourists to Malaysian shores.

The Future Music Festival- 15th and 16th March 2013

The Future Music Festival Asia has been declared as the official kickoff event for the F1 Malaysian Grand Prix Week.  The festival which will be held  over two days-  Friday, 15th March and Saturday, 16th March at  the  Sepang International Circuit (SIC).

The Future Music Festival is expected to be the largest music festival ever held in Southeast Asia.  This Australian music festival which has only ever been held in Malaysia outside of Australia is a huge tourism magnet and records indicate that the 2012 event attracted 7000 fans from countries all over Asia and beyond. This year, the event which features an exciting and diverse musical offering, is expected to attract an influx of more than 10,000 tourists.

On the first day of the festival, fans of trance music and  famed Dutch DJ Armin Van Buuren will have much to look forward to, as the event will  feature its star attraction 'A State of Trance 600: The Expedition World Tour'.  This event will celebrate Armin's legendary 600th 'A State of Trance' (ASOT600) show. The stage will also feature various other top acts handpicked by Armin Van Buuren himself.

The lineup for day 1 will also include well-known hip hop acts like Naughty by Nature, who will be presenting the 20th Anniversary of Hip-hop Hooray, and De La Soul. Other confirmed appearances include English electronic band, Ladytron (DJ set), well-known Dutch DJ Sidney Samson, trance superstar Andy Moor and electronic musician, DJ and producer Angger Dimmas, considered to be the pride of Asia.

The second day of the festival will feature stars like PSY of Gangnam style fame, Rita Ora, The Prodigy, Fun., Bloc Party, Temper Trap, Rudimental, Stafford Brothers, Timmy Trumpet, and Tenzin. 

The festival will also showcase much regional talent in the form of acts that hail from the region like Idiotape (South Korea), Shut Da Mouth (South Korea), Sixteen (Indonesia), DJ Stas (Singapore) and DJ Bento (Japan). 

Aside from these big regional names, the festival roster also includes many top-notch local acts like top DJ duo, Goldfish & Blink, Malaysia’s king of HipHop, Joe Flizzow, alternative rock band, Kyoto Protocol, iconic electro duo, LapSap, indie music set, They Will Kill Us All amongst others.

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Penang World Music Festival

The second major Malaysian music festival scheduled for the month of   March is the 2013 edition of the Penang World Music Festival.  This event  is set to take place over two days, Saturday, 30th and Sunday, 31st of March at the tranquil Quarry Park situated within the Penang Botanical Gardens .

The lineup for the festival features a whole host of international acts like Mu from Portugal, Kimi Djabate (Guinea- Bissau), Nasout (Iran), Alp Bora Quartet (Turkey), Saharadja (Indonesia), Inka Marka (South America), Kalayo (Philippines) along with Malaysian acts like Akasha.

Each act will showcase their unique music and instruments at the festival. While Mu from Portugal will perform rousing Portuguese folk tunes using the bazouki and hurdy gurdy, the cello and percussion instruments, Kimi will introduce the audience to the sounds of Africa on the balafon, and the Inka Marka will play melodic folk tunes from the Andes.
This annual festival is being organized by the Penang State Tourism Development and Culture Office, with the aim to attract more visitors to the island state. Tickets to the festival are priced at RM80 per day for adult and RM40 per day for a child between five and 12 years old.
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So if you believe that music makes your world go round, do head to Malaysia to take in one, if not both of these exciting Malaysian music festivals.

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