Thousands attend pier party


  • Nation
  • Monday, 13 Oct 2003

BY ELIZABETH LOOI

PENANG: Thousands of people thronged the nine-hour non-stop “rev-ELATION” party at the Swettenham Pier here on Saturday night. 

The party, which kicked off at 8pm, saw some early birds, mostly from mainland Penang and Kuala Lumpur, waiting anxiously outside the much-decorated entrance. 

Organised by Scenique Production, the party’s highlight was a two-hour concert by British rhythm and blues sensation Craig David at 10pm. 

 

SINGING SENSATION:David performing one of his rhythm andblues hits at his two-hour concert during the party.

The 22-year-old singer wowed about 2,000 fans at his debut show here, rendering soulful hits like Slicker Than Your Average and Seven Days

After the concert, the night got hotter with renowned international deejays Chris Fortier and British Princess Julia pumping up their own beat. 

 

Local deejays Bad Boy Ben, Terrence C and Desire also spun some house music to impress the crowd. 

 

The night's fine weather helped make the event a success, with overwhelming response from locals and tourists. 

Tickets, which were priced at RM100 each, had earlier been sold to about 800 Craig David fans from Thailand and Singapore.  

The normally sombre-looking pier was successfully turned into a party hub with laser beams running through the night, giving the venue a futuristic look. 

The event proved to be more than just a concert and dance party when professional in-line skaters, skateboarders and BMX bikers demonstrated their skills. 

The party-goers also enjoyed themselves at a virtual game station besides being entertained to a street-wear fashion show sponsored by Tropicana Life, Adidas and Wild Channel. 

Many also took the opportunity to get their arms and faces painted with colourful designs by professional artists. 

The crowd left the pier at 5am yesterday. 

Yesterday, Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon said objections to the event could be due to misunderstanding and miscommunication over the purpose of the event. 

“In my opinion, there was a misunderstanding and miscommunication as to what the party was about. Details about the event were not disseminated to the public correctly,” he said, adding that the party was a tourism and entertainment event. 

He said the state government would conduct a post-mortem of the event to see if things went smoothly. 

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