Indie festival comeback thrills fans

Mafidz bringing the audience together with harmonious folk tunes at TapauFest 2019.

THE TapauFest was back for the third time to the arts community’s delight after a three-year hiatus.

The festival featured independent local live music, minimalist art, streetwear brands and films, all of which lend support to Malaysian creative talents.

It is organised by Tapautv, an online platform started by creative agency IkanPaos Kolektif.

Tapautv co-founder Ahmad Faris said, “This is a great year for the local independent scene. We can see many local bands creating sounds, producing material, releasing videos and independent filmmakers producing movies featured in cinemas.”

When it first made its debut in 2014, TapauFest was reputed to be the first crowdfunded festival in Malaysia as well as being the biggest crowdfunded project in South-East Asia. The crowd also funded the festival’s 2016 edition.

This year, Tapautv opted for a more conventional route by collaborating with sponsors and venue partner, The Gasket Alley.

“In the span of three years, we built a lot of connections and sponsors while people have been asking when TapauFest would be making a comeback. And finally, we secured partnerships to work on this festival,” said Faris who believed he had found a sustainable way to keep the independent festival alive.

When asked if the festival would be held annually, Faris said he hoped for the best with the partnership and sponsors they were working with.

“This year means a lot to us and if we can deliver this year, it could be as per our original target to pursue the festival every year,” Faris added.

The festival at The Gasket Alley welcomed 1,500 visitors with 1,000 presale tickets sold within the first three weeks.

“From the past years, the concern has always been trying to reach the target number of visitors.

“This year, the demand was higher than usual.

“We were not expecting inquiries and calls on door tickets after we had sold out our presale tickets,” said Faris who also allowed 100 door tickets to be sold on the festival day itself.

TapauFest has always been centred on all things local and independent, from food to movies and music.

This platform serves independent vendors too such as Kide & Ika.

Kide & Ika is a venture between co-founder Khiddir Baharudin and Syafiqah Sharom, a husband-and-wife team.

Khiddir, also known as Kide, is best known for his participation in canvas shoes art at the Vans Asia Custom Culture competition in 2017 as one of the finalists.

“It really opened my eyes that many people appreciate local, independent art,” said Khiddir, who experienced tremendous support from Malaysians during that period.

“The Malaysian art scene today is getting livelier. Many have supported our local talents,” Khiddir added.

Khiddir recalled the earlier days when artists struggled even more, citing the classic local comic called “Ujang” as proof of hard work to ensure its survival.

“What we have now is all because we are at the right place, at the right time,” said Syafiqah with regards to the reception towards the independent scene today.

During the festival, there were movie screenings bringing in local films like Sepet and Kami.

There were also nostalgic Malaysian food and drinks offered such as fish satay and ice-cream bread, to name a few.

Staying true to its mission to showcase the best of Malaysia’s independent music scene, the top-notched line up of artistes featured Hacktick!, Milo Dinosaur, Mafidz, Iqbal M, Midnight Fusic, Lust and Toko Kilat, Airliftz and Lunadira together with BTSWT (formerly known as Bittersweet) and last but not least, Lucy In The Loo.

Lucy In The Loo reunited at TapauFest 2019, making it their one-night-only comeback after 12 years.

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