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Friday December 7, 2012

Finale looks set to up the ante for dance enthusiasts

<b>Art attack:</b> Buchholz stands in front of his sculpture, Wish, at the Burning Man Festival in the US in 2010. Art attack: Buchholz stands in front of his sculpture, Wish, at the Burning Man Festival in the US in 2010.

TOMORROW’S Heineken Thirst Finale is set to provide more than just the experience of listening to your favourite international and home-grown DJs.

No doubt, this year’s Thirst Finale expands to two stages for the first time in its nine years, but the Thirst music programme’s continuously evolving roll call of creative and collaborative talent doesn’t end with the music alone.

In the search for ever-more exclusive and inclusive experiences for Heineken Thirst, the organisers have further developed the festival site (as compared to last year’s finale) at the Sepang International Circuit, Sepang, near Kuala Lumpur.

They have added some of the latest innovations in creative technologies, digital landscaping and interactive collaborative installation pieces.

In another Heineken Thirst exclusive, the festival will feature a huge sculptural centrepiece in the form of Robert James Buchholz’s Wish, fresh from its appearance at this year’s Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas.

Wish is a 17m-tall installation consisting of three LED-lit flowers that pulse in time to the music.

Also a favourite at international music festivals such as the Coachella and Nocturnal Wonderland, Wish was designed by the San Francisco public art conceptualist Bucholz.

Wish is a figurative sculpture of three dandelions losing their seeds in the wind,” explained Buchholz in an e-mail interview.

“As a child, I was always told that when you held a dandelion and blew the seeds off, a wish was to be made.

“Building it from the ground up for the first time here in Asia will be nostalgic and as epic as Heineken Thirst,” he added.

Clad in aluminium leaves and mirrored glass, the structure is edged with pulsating LEDs that react to the beats of the music surrounding it.

“The project’s seeds are made of polycarbonate glass that glow in different colors with the help of 22,000 LED RGB diodes.

“We control the lights with a remote control and usually walk around the crowd talking to the party-goers and asking them what their favourite colours were,” Buchholz explained.

“The project will also be hard wired into the main sound board, so when Justice is dropping their heaviest bass lines, Wish will pulse to the beat of the music.”

French electronica pioneers Justice will be headlining the Star Arena, with Swedish house supremo Avicii on the Main Stage.

They are just two of the 12 DJs performing over both arenas.

Alongside these icons, a line up of top-flight international and local artists will be bringing Heineken Thirst to a climax for this year.

Also featuring on the Main Stage, UK-based trance trio Above & Beyond make a return visit to one of their favourite destinations.

French flavours reign as, joining Justice on the Star Arena, underground favourite Brodinski also returns to Malaysia with his mix of dirty house and electro, with his Bromance Record label protege and fellow Frenchman Gesaffelstein in tow.

As for the local line up, Goldfish & Blink, Malaysia’s first EDM superstars, will be drawing a capacity crowd at the Main Arena, joined by Mr Nasty & Guruguru — which features Thirst alumni Didjital — and Thirst alumni Phil K Lee (2010) and Tommy Cham (2011).

Thirst alumni DJ Blink’s (2005) underground electronic project LapSap, along with DJ XU, will be rocking the Star Arena, with Nick Haydez (Finalist 2011) and Heineken Green Room stalwarts Jee Hoe and Hypeembeats.

Today is the last day to obtain pre-sale tickets (at RM128) from all Rock Corner outlets in the Klang Valley.

Limited tickets will also be available at the venue at RM158 from 2pm tomorrow.

For more information on the event, download Heineken Thirst festival guide at on.fb.me/SLpwmK or follow Heineken’s at www.twitter.com/Heineken_MY.

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