The sea breeze in your hair and a folk musician swaying and strumming away as the sun sets on the paddy fields that stretch as far as the eye can see. Feels like a quiet getaway from the city?
Well, this weekend, it won’t be so quiet there.
But a getaway? Yes, please.
The Padi Music Festival will have some 150 local musicians and singers gathered in the sleepy town of Sekinchan, Selangor on Sept 7 and 8.
Sekinchan, which is the rice bowl of Selangor, is also home to a lively fishing village.
With two stages set up - one on the beach and the other in a waterhole in the middle of a paddy field - this scenic destination will soon be buzzing with song, dance, arts and merry-making.
Padi Music Festival concerts are ticketed and can be purchased online or at the venue. The weekend's line-up includes Yudi Yap, Chow Kam Leong, Orang Orang Drum Theatre, WVC Jazz Ensemble, Nusantara metal band Farasu, The Muffin Scars and a host of pop singers.
But if you are wondering what else you can do there, particularly if you are on a budget, fret not.
Just head over early to the Sekinchan beach and wander about.
There is a seaside bazaar, where you can browse handmade arts, paintings and village products, including handicrafts and musical instruments.
Food stalls will be set up as well, with traditional delicacies on offer. Not to forget an array of pop-up cafes. On top of it all, there will be folk music buskers on the beach, to entertain festival-goers.
“We really wanted something that is set in nature, hence the decision to have it in the paddy fields and on the beach. Come and have a good time, enjoy the music, sea breeze and paddy fields, spend time with family and friends. It is a family-friendly event so everyone can come,” says Kim Wong, Padi Music Festival's programme coordinator.
The idea of having a festival was mooted by local singer-songwriters Chow Kam Leong and Chang Sang Teck, Sekinchan’s creative arts and cultures enthusiast Alan Heng Hua Loon and event curator Peter Teoh.
Expect a variety of music styles and groups, playing an array of folk songs, oldies, pop tunes, jazz groups and rock bands.
“We have so much talent in Malaysia, and not all have had the recognition they deserve. This festival aims to serve as a platform to promote local talent, both established and emerging musicians - all set against Sekinchan's beautiful backdrop,” says Wong.
The Padi Music Festival is organised by the Padi Music Empire, together with Khind Starfish Foundation. It is hosted by the Sekinchan Tourism Development Association and supported by the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, the Ministry of Youth and Sports.