LOCAL bands brought the D.R. Seenivasagam Park alive with their music and energy during the Wknd At The Park concert last Saturday.
Held only for the second time in Ipoh, the day-long event featured up-and-coming acts as well established names, with the likes of One Buck Shot, Altimet, Seven Collar T-Shirt, and Love Me Butch, in the local alternative music scene.
Young fans of indie rock, heavy metal, and hip-hop music made a beeline to the event, which also featured BMX street demonstrations and a BMX Flat Land competition, graffiti art demonstrations and a line of booths selling unique items.
Organising chairman Raja Khairi Ehsan Raja Norddin, of House of Music Entrepreneur, said the event was aimed at promoting youth entrepreneurship.
“As you can see, this event is much more than music.
“There are people selling food, clothing and other things here.
“Many of our youth leave Ipoh in search of job opportunities in bigger cities as soon as they leave school.
“We want them to know it does not have to be that way.
“They can actually start their own ventures here,” he said.
Performing for the very first time in Ipoh, hip-hop artiste Altimet said he loved performing outside of Kuala Lumpur.
“Hopefully, this event can inspire more young people to enter the local music scene and make a name for themselves,” he said.
Vocalist Nurshan Rizal Mohd Shadik, of home-grown act Masquerader, said it was the biggest gig they had played so far.
“It is great to be able to play in front of our home crowd,” he said.
The concert was a rousing success — even a thunderstorm in the late evening failed to dampen the spirit of the performers and their fans.