Following the Islamic prayer’s call of maghrib, the distinctive stamping beat of night life was heard at the Swimming Pool Stadium of Senayan, Jakarta. It was completed by futuristic lighting system, Andezzz was the opening performer on the second day of Sayfestville: International Music & Arts Festival. The Swimming Pool Stadium and surroundings were transformed into arena of urban picnic in last two days (13-14 April).
Visitors may approach two main focuses at Sayfestville: Urban Picnic Cinema & Open Air Theatre or VIP class of ‘layar tancap’ as well as Jazz under the Stars, where musicians entertained the spectators in front of the fore stage next to the swimming pool. Although boasting the word of jazz, Sayfestville was likely to be contained by other music such as electronica, house, and pop. Such as Andezzz who performed for an hour yesterday.
Performed almost without any interruption among tracks, Andezzz entertained some attending spectators. The electronica/house/lounge music adherent exhibited his skills which made the crowd’s hearts were taken aback whilst from time to time welcomed the crowd in English.
On about 8 P.M., by the end of his gig, crowd started to infest the tribune and pool’s edges. Andezzz got huge appreciation which was represented by screams and hilarious hands clapping. The earlier sleepy venue was gradually getting infested. A few people wore casual shirts as if wanted to do a picnic or ready to swim. Meanhwile on the other side, The Groove geared up to put forward the real definition of Jazz under the Stars.
On 20.05 P.M., a funky introduction was spurted to welcome Reza and Rieka, the duo vocalists of this 90’s band. Crowd instantly exclaimed and clapped their hands by finding their idols. The Groove continued their gig by Katakan dengan Cinta.
Rieka and Reza kept on making interaction with their fans, whose looked yet calm and sat in relax. Rieka even repeatedly ‘commanded’ her fans to dance and stretch their hands to the air. It was probably because of the stage was a bit far to identify, so visitors as if reluctant to lose their control and chose to enjoy the moment in relax. Moreover, the weather was too hot without blows of winds. “Excuse if you assume me doing against etiquette, it is too hot …”, Reza said whilst released his clothes.
Besides the high temperature, The Groove seemed would like to make the atmosphere hotter by one of their mainstay hit, Satu Mimpiku. So, few people were found stood up and danced in harmony with the nostalgia tune. Amidst this song, Rejoz (percussions) suddenly left this instruments and joined in the duo to do a rap. That was one of cool scenes of the night.
The Groove kept on continuing their gig by old and new songs, such as “Let’s Go (Reunian)”, “Pangeran dan Putri” and “Hanya Karena Cinta”. Meanwhile, number of the crowd was kept on increased as they did not stop singing along and they increasingly were satisfied as the intro of “Dahulu” was played. Everybody instantly danced whilst waving their hands and obeying what Rieka had instructed. The climax moment of The Groove that night was “Khayalan”, the classic piece of the band, as the closing menu for the gig.
After The Groove got off stage, Jazzanova DJ Set by Alex Barck took the turn to entertain the Swimming Pool Stadium. Rasmus Faber and Emily McEwan presented an ending menu. As the last performers, the two musicians accompanied visitors whom chose to swim while witnessing the gig. Rasmus, the adherent of house music and Emily the folk artist delivered their two hits, “Everything is Alright” and “Ever After”. The music was actually lasted until the dawn comes.
A day before, at the same stage, Colbie Calliat also performed with minimalist romantic pop melodies. She delivered songs such as “Fallin’ for You”, “Realize”, “I Do”, “Begin Again”, “Oxygen”, “I Never Told You” to “Lucky” which was popularized with Jason Mraz. “Bubbly” was then delivered as the climax.
Meanwhile on the other area, there was another interesting agenda, such as Film Making Workshop and show of short movie from S.A.E Institute, L.A. Lights Indie Movie and the winner of competition. Bonita & the Hus Band and Stars & Rabbits also participated in presenting music at the ‘layar tancap’ area. Near the exit gate, there was activity at Live Graffiti location, where people can watch artists painting the walls.
Sayfestville, which had just been staged this year, in fact can indulge youngsters–and those who are a bit older than youngsters—to enjoy the weekends by music and picnic ala urban. The festival that presents collaboration among music, film, visual art and so on seems promising to be staged on the next year, bearing in mind its unique concept that can allure public to visit this event.