High-energy beats at music fest

Music lovers enjoying the performances by local bands during the Northern Music Festival at Juru Auto City.

FANS of local music bands turned up in droves for the Northern Music Festival (NMF) in Penang, touted as one of the biggest musical festivals in the northern region.

They wore colourful, trendy clothes and some even brought along their own chairs to watch the high-spirited performances at Juru Auto City in Bukit Mertajam.Among the performers were Bunkface, The Times, 21 Miles Away, Midnight Fusic and Sweet***, as well as Talitha, Tres Empre, Krusty and No Good.

Festival director Hafizi Fahmi Mokhtar said this was the fourth time the event was held.

Previously, it was held in 2012, 2016 and last year, right after the movement control order was lifted.

“This year’s festival is the biggest held so far with about 2,500 tickets sold before the two-day event began.”

There were outdoor and indoor stages set up for the fans.

“Most of the crowd were youths aged between 20 and 27 who came from all over the country,” said Hafizi during the event.

The group 21 Miles Away taking the stage.The group 21 Miles Away taking the stage.

“Their support helps promote local bands and musicians.”

About RM14,000 worth of tickets were also sponsored for universities, schools and youth organisations.

Among the early birds was project engineer Farah Zahidah Abd Halim, 23, who came with her friends from different states.

“I’m from Penang and came with friends from Perak and Selangor.

“We have been following the event updates on social media since last October.

“We are glad that it was organised again this year, as we had fun attending it last year.”

Yoodo, an event sponsor, brought along a hot air balloon for the visitors to view the concert from above.

Yoodo head Chow Tuck Mun said, “We are glad to be on board for the NMF for the second time in a row.

“Yoodo has always been suppor-tive of the grassroots community including the local music scene.”

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