Sundown Festival 2011 kicked start with a Fan Meeting on the 25th of November with Taiwanese singer Zhang Yun Jing, J-rock band ViViD and K-pop group Teen Top! Held at Square 2 Novena, the Fan Meet was open for the public to view where non-ticket holders were welcomed to join in the fun too. The first 150 fans who spent S$50 between 11am to 4pm on that very same day were entitled to redeem an exclusive poster for the autograph session. The mall was packed full of fans who were there to catch a glimpse of their idols and Zhang Yun Jing was the first to turn up for the autograph session.
And here we have J-rock band, ViVID!
Not forgetting the group that had fans screaming their lungs out for – Teen Top!
Everyone was anticipating the day following the Fan Meet, which was the Sundown Festival 2011 Concert.
Held at the Marina Promenade last weekend, Sundown Festival saw more than 10,000 fans turning up for the concert which proved to be another successful year following Sundown 2009 & 2010. This year’s Sundown Festival had gathered Asian artistes from Japan, Korea and Taiwan to share the stage in bringing out the best outdoor event experience for music, cultural and entertainment in Singapore. Of the artistes invited were ViViD (Japan), Teen Top (Korea), Zhang Yun Jing, Hebe Tien & Show Luo (Taiwan). There were also various tentages set up for sale of Asian street snacks and beverages to fill up all the empty stomachs too. Although it started raining a few hours before the actual concert, this did not dampen the fans’ mood for the night.
Fans were seen queuing since morning (and some as early as the night before!) just to secure a good standing spot to catch their favorite artistes up-close. Despite having to brave through the on-going rain, most of them were fully prepared and armed with ponchos, umbrellas, and not forgetting their fanboards too!
Due to the pouring rain, the festival was slightly delayed and only started at close to 8pm that night. The opening of the festival was celebrated with a drums performance, followed by a traditional dragon-dance performance which certainly pumped up the atmosphere for the night.
The next moment we knew, ViViD was up on stage and brought the house down with their dynamic performances. Being a Japanese rock and visual-kei band, it was of no surprise to see ViViD rocking and taking over the stage within seconds after their performance started. Some of the hit songs performed that night included 「夢」～ムゲンノカナタ～(Mugen No Kanata), カケラ(Kakera), Crisis and Fake (Encore performance). It was the band’s first visit to Singapore and we’re sure that they have had an amazing time with the fans at the Sundown Festival. It was certainly an eye-opening experience for us too!
Taiwanese solo-singer Zhang Yun Jing (張芸京) was the next performer on list. More commonly known as 阿京 (A-Jing), she was the champion of the inaugural season of Taiwan talent competition show “Super Idol” in 2008. That night, she performed 义气, 让我照顾你, 相反的我 as well as 春泥 – a remake of Harlem Yu’s song. A-Jing even flaunted off her guitar skills during 相反的我 performance as well, which was much to the surprise of many!
And of course, the moment where all the K-pop fans were awaiting for – South Korean pop sensation, Teen Top. These 6 boys certainly did hyped up the whole concert atmosphere with their popular hit songs and synchronized dance movements. It was a joy watching them dancing and singing along to some of our favorite tracks such as ‘Supa Luv‘, ‘Angel‘, ‘No More Perfume On You‘ and not forgetting their ballad track, ‘The Back Of My Hand Brushes Against‘. On the encore stage, Teen Top also performed ‘Clap‘, earning roaring applause and cheers from the entire crowd.
Right after Teen Top’s performances came Hebe Tien (田馥甄), a Taiwanese singer who is also from the popular Mandopop female band, S.H.E. Dressed in a silky white maxi-dress, Hebe was no doubt one of the highlights of the concert as she performed her solo-album tracks which included ‘My Love‘, ‘Love‘, ‘To Hebe‘, ‘还是要幸福‘ and ended off with ‘寂寞寂寞就好‘. Her soft and soothing vocals had gotten the entire crowd waving along to the melody of the songs while she was singing on stage. Not to mention, we were absolutely enchanted and charmed by her performances too!
Last but not least, the finale stage of the concert belonged to Show Luo (罗志祥), who not only showed off his swift dance moves but also displayed his all-time humor self too. His dubbed title as ‘Dancing King of Asia’ was certainly beyond any doubt, as we finally got to catch his live performances that night – ‘精武门‘, ‘爱风头‘, ‘一支独秀‘ and ‘Only You‘. He even added jokingly in Mandarin, “I just gobbled down five black pepper crabs! Some are here (pointing to his tummy)…And another is here (pointing to his chest abs) but it has not yet been digested. Maybe I’ll have to dance a ‘Crab-dance’ later… (laughs)”. Although he eventually did not show the ‘Crab-dance’, we do look forward to seeing it the next time he visits Singapore again! And we’re sure all his fans do too! 🙂
With that, it had concluded the end of Sundown Festival 2011. Special thanks to Red Spade Entertainment and SPRG for inviting us to Sundown Festival 2011 to cover the event! We certainly enjoyed ourselves that night and had a great time there!