Since it first started in 2009 with the theme SeoulOut!, the annual music event called Sundown Festival by the good people at Red Spade Entertainment has grown from a Korean concert to one with acts from all over the region today.
This year, the Sundown Festival 2012 sees 5 acts from around the region and with big names looking to entertain, it was no wonder that fans camped early at the entrance for a good spot.
Kenneth Wong gets a little more than he bargained for as he reports from the mosh pit.
BTOB (Born to Beat)
Starting off the concert proper was Korean boy band BTOB who is no stranger to Singapore having performed here earlier in the year in May. Consisting of Seo Eunkwang, Lee Minhyuk, Lee Changsub, Lim Hyunsik, Peniel D. Shin, Jung Ilhoon and Yook Sung Jae, the 7 member group from South Korea opened with “Born to Beat” followed by “Secret (Insane)” from their first mini album.
The boys then did a short greeting to crowd which sent their many fans, mostly female, into loud screams as they performed “Irresistible Lips” followed by “My Girl”. Ending off their performance with another short talk set where they mentioned they will surely miss Singapore, the boys from BTOB performed “WOW” to even louder cheers from all their fans.
Anthony Neely (倪安东)
Next to take the stage is Taiwanese American Mandopop singing sensation Anthony Neely who shot to fame on season 5 of Taiwanese popular singing competition, One Million Star. Speaking to the crowd in both English and Chinese, the 26 year old opened his set with his single “Sorry That I love You” from his debut album “Lesson One”.
Singing “Wake Up” from his latest album of the same name, Anthony Neely demonstrated his ability to sing in both English and Chinese. Even though it was obvious which was the stronger of the two languages, you can’t hardly find any fault with his Chinese as he sang “纏鬥” (Brawl) and “讓我愛她” (Dear Death). Anthony then did a cover of “Hallelujah” where he played the guitar as well before closing his set with 散場的擁抱 (The Last Embrace).
Jeno Liu Liyang (刘力扬)
Another singer who shot to fame on a singing contest is Liu Li Yang who hails from the city of Beijing. She first found popularity in the 3rd season of Super Girls (also known as Super Voice Girl). Emerging tops in the Guang Zhou district competition, Jeno then went on to be crowned 2nd runner up during the finals.
Singing a mixture of songs from her various albums such as “旅途” from her 2nd Studio album “旅途-心歌自選輯”, Liyang also performed songs from her first studio album such as “眼淚笑了” and “我就是這樣”. The 30 year old also mentioned during a short interview with the host that she would like to act in roles that are more towards to “cool” side. Although she would seriously consider if the role requires her to shave off all her hair.
Headlining this year’s Sundown Festival is visual key band from Japan, Alice Nine. No stranger to the visual kei genre, the 5 member group of Shou (band leader and lead vocalist), Hiroto (lead guitarist), Tora (rhythm guitarist), Saga (bassist) and Nao (drummer) have definitely come a long way since forming in 2004.
Opening their set with their 2011 single “Heart of Gold” followed by 2006’s “Rainbow” Alice Nine rocked the place with their unique blend of rock music with a touch of pop. From the head banging in the mosh pit to the hands in the air in the area behind, the band from Japan definitely put up a performance to remember.
Closing their set with 2006’s “Blue Planet”, the band gave the audience something to remember them with flying drum sticks, guitar picks and even a water bottle for keepsake.
Raymond Lam (林峰)
Closing the night off is a name that is no stranger to both the TV and Music scene is top TVB actor and award-winning singer Raymon Lam. Making his acting debut back in 1999 with “At The Threshold Of An Era”, the talented actor has gone on to star in many other series such as “Moonlight Resonance” for which he won the Favourite Male Character Award at the 41st TVB Anniversary Awards.
Opening his set with “愛不疚” (Love With No Regrets), the theme song from “Moonlight Resonance”, the 32 year old charmed everyone with his voice. Following up with a track from his 4th album “Come 2 Me”, Raymond serenaded “Morning Cute” to a fortunate fan who got to be on stage with him. The girl was both embarrassed but happy as can be seen by her facial expression. Surely a concert to remember for her.
Ending his set with “一刀切” from his 2012 album “Self Portrait”, it was definitely fitting that Raymond was the one to end a night where artist from around the region showcased their very best.
It was a rather interesting experience for me to trade my usual photo responsibility to be in the mosh pit with other fans. From the screams for their favorite artist to the head banging, the fans really showed their support for the various artist.
Even fans who were obviously there for one artist or band also showed their appreciation for the other artist / band which was heart warming to see. Overall an enjoyable experience I have to say and I am definitely looking forward to seeing what the people at Red Spade Entertainment has in stored for music fans next year.
Do also check out the official photos from the concert:
Gallery Photos by Red Spade Entertainment & Sundown Festival 2012
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