Indie music acts and artworks impress at Tiger Jams Malaysia 2016
The hashtag's #UncageMusic. The purpose was to provide a platform for local music talents to be discovered. But at Centerstage held last Friday (2 Sept.) at Rhapsody Square in TREC KL, Tiger Jams certainly did more than just that. It could've been its very own music and art festival with the cool setup at the venue and the displays of amazing artworks.
Tiger Jams Centerstage was headlined by Scottish indie synthpop band Chvrches and the event was exclusively for contest winners and invited only. Before the band was revealed as the mystery international act that would be collaborating with the winner of Tiger Jams, I didn't really know much about the band apart from this incident that went viral. But after hearing their stuff on Spotify, I couldn't wait to see the three-piece band perform and they didn't disappoint. Their performance was energetic, full of heart and they managed to get the usual tough Malaysian crowd moving to their fun, youthful music.
The last few songs Chvrches played was like a countdown to the most popular tracks on Spotify. Even though their stuff was still relatively new to me, I find myself singing along to the catchy tune of the chorus in their last song, The Mother We Share. Lauren Mayberry, the frontwoman of the band, understood that this event was by invitation only and promised that when they come back to Malaysia, it would be a concert open for anyone to attend, "... because Chvrches is for everyone." Local fans of Chvrches who didn't get to attend this event would be very pleased to know that.
Chvrches was not the only live music act at the event. Asian acts ToNick (Hong Kong), The Sam Willows (Singapore) and Darren Ashley (KL) took 'Centerstage' as well along with the three Malaysian Tiger Jams finalists Rozella, Son of a Policeman (SOAP) and Donamarie to entertain the crowd. As mentioned, the setup of the place was fantastic with works by Kenji Chan (graffiti), Flex (light artist) and Donald Abraham (street artist). It's like a secret underground gig, which suits the idea actually. My girlfriend and I find ourselves taking more photos than we usually do while making our way to the stage. Our only regret was that we didn't bring a better camera to capture all the details in the awesome dimmed setting. We absolutely loved the art pieces and what organisers did to the place.
Despite the lack of free flow of drinks like we were spoilt of having at such events back then, I had a greater time than I expected and it was quite an eye opener. It was certainly not just another music event by a beverage brand. If there is to be another Tiger Jams next year, I sure hope I'd have the privilege once again to attend it regardless of who the international act headliner would be.
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