Stompin’ Sabah 2010 was last Saturday.
So how was it you ask?
Thanks to Nuffnang and Celcom Xpax, I got this ticket for FREE!
Alright, bear with me here…
The event started at 6p.m. but having to comply to family commitment first, we (my sister in-law, her friend from KL and I) went to the concert quite late… nearly 11p.m.
And it didn’t help that it was raining profusely from the afternoon until after the 10 minutes we were there.
If you guys on Facebook noticed, I have been updating my status on Stompin’ Sabah frequently than I update my personal status updates. Even a friend was asking me how it was knowing I was dang excited (judging from my updates) about the event.
I was indeed excited and madly looking forward to go to the event. I even visualized meeting and taking group photos with other blogger friends who were also going. Read: Annieming, Amanda, Ennie, Paival and Adriel. So yeah, when the rain didn’t seem to want to stop, I was already feeling agitated thinking I might have to cancel the plan going there. (Oh No!)
Fortunately, the rain simmer down and I put high hopes that I’d able to enjoy the concert despite being late. Rain or no rain, the show must go on…I must go!
When we arrived, we were gestured to the Xpax VIP tent. The moment I saw the crowd under the tent, I knew that it wasn’t my place. I mean, this was a concert…a concert needs people who stand up, hands in the air, feet stompin, body moving and clad with party face!! Since I needed better view to snap pictures of the event anyway, we decided to head to the area where real party people were (although again, not everyone was sport enough to show their move-your-body-now mode)… the front stage, next to the (undeniable) deaf-causing speakers. And by the time we arrived, it was the performance from the Singapore band, Wicked Aura Batucada. Man, they are GREAT!!!! If you can hear me saying this, you can also hear me hissing the ‘T’ longer. Because they are REALLY that good.
Like I said, a concert is supposed to be able to make you move and jump to the beat. This Singapore band made that happened. I just couldn’t stand not responding to them shouting, “Are you good, KK??” or “Do you want some more??” or when they wanted us to sing along with them. I don’t need any sort of booze to get me crazy dancing. Wicked Aura Batucada was all that I need. They even sang the song ‘Rozana’ in reggae beat and being an 80’s child, we happily sang the song together with less effort. Syiok!
You can check their website or their Facebook profile for more detailed info about this group.
While waiting for the next performer, we were entertained with DJ Spin from DJ Tony. He’s one great DJ as well. The choice of songs he spun, man they were fantastic. It surely felt like partying in the club yo!
Next, came up Ella our Queen of Rock.
Honestly, I am no fan of Ella so I didn’t give much expectation on her performance. But yes, she does have good voice to suit her rock genre. But hey, who can argue on that. She has more than a decade proven track records and a title attached to it already.
Then came up Mr. Dicken, our very own talented guitarist from Ranau. Seeing him on stage the first time, with his clean cut short hair and pretty neat clothing, I wouldn’t have thought he’s into rock genre. But he definitely rock it! His perfect (to my ears) guitar solo was as good as them Man Kidal and Joe Wings. He even jammed with Man Kidal on stage and from the look of Man Kidal’s face, it was surely a gesture of ‘hat on you’ to our Mr. Dicken.
Then, there was of course solo guitar performance from the legend himself, Man Kidal. I’m not really into rock music (except when I was in Uni where I used to listen to Led Zeppelin, Metallica and Guns N Roses to lull me to sleep) but I can very much tell you with confidence that Man Kidal IS a legend! I could feel my nerves thumping hard as his music crescendo to the climax.
Joe Wings was next and his performance too, gave the same effect as Man Kidal did on me. They are indeed a legend of their own. So yeah, it was really a great opportunity to be able to listen (and watch) them perform live on stage.
I was anticipating the band from the Philippines, Kulahig. Since I was late for the event, and having asked around about that particular band, I thought I was able to catch up with their performance. You know how the Philippines people are very well-endowed with good voice and singing talent, right? Unfortunately, I was told later that they did not make it to the concert due to some circumstances at the immigration. Too bad.
Ella performed a few more numbers from her album before inviting her back vocalist (forgot her name) to sing the final song ‘Sayang Kinabalu’ to wrap up the stage concert.
Obviously, I had missed performances from Shawn Lee (beat boxer) to which Ennie claimed was a great performance as well. And then, there was the performance by our local bands but I did not manage to get their names.
Overall, I was quite pleased with the event despite the rain as well as not being able to come early. Personally, I think the crowd would be more if it wasn’t because of the rain. But hey, I’m pretty sure there will be event like this again next year. And I personally wish there will be more artistes performing - both locals and international.
Finally, to all you bloggers who came that night (and planned to meet)…such a pity we didn’t get to meet each other and take group photos (padahal bukan berjauh pun). Only bumped on Xander and Radzie and of course, Ennie.
Moi with The Wandering Sumandak before we head home.
Stompin’ Sabah 2011?
I’m so gonna go again!!!
Until next post!