this year, as it turned out, it was about everything but the music. sorry. i have nothing fantastic to say about the selection of bands. there were a few memorable acts, particularly a polish and an african band which were outstanding. the others were, well, i shall call them acquired.
we all know about the storm on the first night already. i found myself stranded under a white canopy with an elderly local couple. auntie told me that they have been coming for the festival every year since it started eleven years ago. she tells me that the selection of bands has evolved over the years. when it started so many years ago, it is about real world music – native sounds from all over the globe, no matter how weird they are. now it is all about the party atmosphere.
i have only been here three years running. but i have to agree with auntie. i am this close to even calling some of the band sell outs for overdoing the fusion element in their music. aku ni bukan la pakar world music, tapi memang obvious la that some of the bands sengaja modify their lagu so that it is more ‘contemporary.’
mak aku ajar aku masa kecik-kecik dulu, if i got nothing nice to say, i should not say anything at all. so like i said, it was not primarily about the music for me this year. instead, it is about going with the flow of things and all the people along the way. no plans. no strings. whatever sounded remotely interesting enough was fine and well by me.
i found old friends. and i mean friends whom i have not met in years and years. i found friends i used to work with asking me where my bazooka cameras are. i found neighbourhood friends asking each other – eh, you also come here for the festival ah? i got introduced to new friends and became friends of friends. and i found instant friends – people that happen to be standing next to me at the festival site or at the longhouses.
we got hold of some home brewed juices for the first day.
apple and sugarcane juice for the road
would you like some apple juice?
apple juice makes people happy
on the second day, i went to kacau kawan-kawan yang bertugas during the event this year.
showing off expensive camera strap
you can’t see it, but R is actually wearing a maternity dress
Z and his sporty specs. i call it his his emo glasses
and on the last day, it is all that jazz about a would of strangers who can become friends *snaps fingers ala tyra banks* just like that.
in the shuttle van to the festival site
people i sat with in the iban loonghouse during the rain
people round me during the finale of the festival
people who jump in front of my camera at a burger stall and people yang sengaja nak tumpang bergambar dengan british band. you see, this is why i am usually the one behind the camera. memang ada orang in this world yang memang takde talent to handle a slow sync flash.
i will upload these and more compromising photos up on facebook malam nanti. overall, i had fun. tak kisah la whether the fun came from the event ke, the music ke, the people ke. it was a nice holiday. right about now, i am nursing a fleet of sandfly bites akibat berkaki ayam in the mud during the festival.