Tim Hagen

The ‘We the Fest’ music festival went down in Jakarta on 13-14 August. Asia Pop 40 Host Dom Lau, the AP40 team and a heap of lucky competition winners rocked out at this amazing festival. It was an experience to remember!

Day 1 began on an overcast Jakarta day, but that didn’t stop the festival goers partying hard from the start, enjoying the delicious food, colourful décor and impressive live music.

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Dom made some scheduled appearances at the festival’s Media Village, meeting and greeting fans of Asia Pop 40.

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Local favourite Rich Chigga, the viral gangsta-rap sensation, wowed the crowd with his explicitly catchy songs and ‘swag’ by the truck load.

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CL arrived in style, pulling up in a black Mercedes-Benz and taking to the stage with grace and elegance. The ex-2NE1 member, now solo songstress, performed old and new hits including her brand new single ‘Lifted’. Her vibe definitely lifted the spirits of the crowd post the thunderstorm that flooded the festival grounds.

Australian singer George Maple was up next, many would know her from her collaborations with DJ Snake and Flume. Her solo set had a different vibe to those collabs but was equally impressive. A visually captivating performance with a majestic light show and dramatic dance moves. But it was her music that really impressed, evoking 90s icons Portishead and Massive Attack mixed with a classic RnB vibe reminiscent of Aalyiah and Sade. The overall sound however brought a 2016 aesthetic of production and technique. George Maple is definitely one to watch as her career progresses. Dom Lau caught up with the rising star, check out the link below for the full interview.

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Macklemore & Ryan Lewis performed an inspiring set full of chart toppers and emotionally charged words of inspiration. Macklemore professed his love of Indonesian culture and food and even proclaimed he would move to Jakarta if a man in a red shirt down the back could catch the donut he flung into the crowd. Unfortunately for Jakarta, his donut didn’t make the distance! He did, however, promise to visit regularly so let’s hope he stays true to his words! The dynamic duo closed the show with encore performances of their funky hits ‘Dance Off’ and ‘Downtown’ which featured a charismatic guest performance from flamboyant rock vocalist Eric Nally.

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Aussie EDM duo Hermitude closed out day 1 with a bass heavy energetic set that sent the crowd into a state of delirium. The first day of ‘We the Fest’ in Jakarta would be hard to top, but considering the line up installed for Day 2, the possibility of another fun filled day of music and enjoyment seemed likely!

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Day 2 started much like Day 1 only with added water and lots of it! The festival had been flooded with mud but like Day 1, this didn’t stop the festival goers who partied on and didn’t seem to care in the slightest. On the upside all the rain had cooled down the Jakarta heat proving there can be a silver lining to thunderstorms in a tropical climate.

Similar to Day 1, there were many impressive local acts at We The Fest Day 2. Indonesian rock band Shelia On 7 stood out with a captivating performance on the main stage. Over on the B.A.N.A.N.A.S. Stage electronic duo Kimokal rocked a soulful set of smooth beats and sultry vocals.

The rain didn’t ease up but the fans trudged on through the muddy pools happily, simply because the music was so good! Breakbot performed a disco inspired set of dance-floor-friendly grooves, while Ta-Ku brought things down to a smooth vibe reminiscent of J Dilla, DJ Food and DJ Krush.

Next up was the highlight of the festival for many fans; a captivating live show from Australian band The Temper Trap featuring Indonesian native Dougy Mandagi on lead vocals. The band performed flawlessly through the rain playing hits from all three albums including ‘Sweet Disposition’, ‘Trembling hands’ and their new single ‘Fall Together’. Dougy’s iconic haunting vocals drifted over the festival grounds like a euphoric dream.

Asia Pop 40’s Dom Lau caught up with the band moments before this inspiring performance. Check out the full-length interview below.

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A marvelous live performance from The 1975 and an epic DJ set from Mark Ronson closed out an amazing Day 2 of We the Fest Jakarta. Proving to Asia and the world that this festival is on par with any live music event happening today. The AP40 crew is already looking forward We the Fest 2017 and hope that this festival is here to stay in Jakarta, Indonesia!

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