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Ara Music Fest 2 / KL Bike Rally 2009 | Ena Photography

Ara Music Fest 2 / KL Bike Rally 2009

With the number of gigs I’m attending, I’m hitting with a few backlogs of pictures to be selected and edited. I still have pictures from Laundry session from last Thursday and the Thursday before that but I guess that can wait. For this gig, we return to the same venue where Search held its concert which is the Bukit Kiara Equestrian resort. (With the number of events held at the polo field, it will only be a matter of time before the members at the Bukit Kiara club strike back. I mean, the noise pollution and garbage from the events are just not good for the horses. I’ve stopped horse riding for 10 years but if I was spending RM20,000 per month on maintaining my horses, I would want it to be top-notch service, no?) Anyway. Side rant.

This gig was held as part of the Kuala Lumpur Bike Rally 2009 where (I assume) bikers from around the ASEAN countries (I remembered there was an Australian team – if I’m not mistaken) gather around to… err..parade their bikes? Anyway, I’m not much a fan of bikes even though dad did had one when I was growing up. I think it was a Gold Wing and Ducati. Ah good times. Anyway. The stream of bikes came in some time around 9pm when the rain halted. It’s been raining every afternoon in KL and for this day it was no exception. The rain began pouring at 5pm and thankfully stopped in time before the Indie bands started their show.

First impression of the stage: lighting was much much better than the Search concert. Sounded better too but according to the Pesawat boys, the monitors were a bit on the low side. There were two screens on each side of the stage where a video of bike rallies from other countries (most likely the States) were on replay. Here comes rant number two. So Beyonce was not allowed to perform 2 years back because she wore sexy clothes and it was derogatory to the Muslim image of the country. But here, in full view (or should I say sebesar alam), girls were clad in skimpy bikinis or butt-cut-out pants parading their assets on the video. I kid you not, the videos were very distracting.

Turn out was pretty small. Again, obviously due to the rain but it slowly picked up towards the end of the night. When me and the boys first arrived, I swore the ratio of photographers (i.e. those with a dSLR) was 5 to 1. *chuckles* There were no barriers set up in front of the stage so that made easier access for the photographers to get up-close to the performers. A good thing I guess if you have the crowd under control – which was not really a problem if the crowd is small. My intention was just to shoot Pesawat but I can’t help get hyped up by the energy of Incarnation – head-banging music almost always produce good photos.

Here ya go peeps!





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