Events, Live Reviews — November 26, 2012 at 5:04 pm

Happy 10th bday, Urbanscapes! (First impressions)



I arrived at Padang Astaka, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia on Saturday afternoon, with the indication not to wear my new Jimmy Choo heels as the field was a bit muddy for the last days’ rain. It’s ok, I’ve never been a fancy fashion festival goer.

Once inside the festival, the feeling was at first quite disconcerting – a huge field, lots of stages, no paper map, and these white gazebos as far as the eye can see. After some errands, my flip-flops abandonment, the first concerts (and beer), everything felt into place. 

Urbanscapes is all about music and a bit about arts, under the sign of the environment with a Green market – environment -friendly stuff, yummy ice-creams, and more. Surprisingly enough, the line-up was not heavy music-oriented at all, and covered a wide spectrum of music – from indie to folk, rock’n’roll, post rock, pop Malay icons and electro. With at least 95% of local brewed music, and some foreign UFOs (Charlie Lim – SG, The Trees and The Wild, White Shoes & The Couples Company – ID, 9 Maps – HK, and the most anticipated Sigur Rós from Iceland), we had high quality music at our fingertips! 

Urbanscapes, you made my week-end – I’m on my way back to Singapore, with long-lasting snapshots in my head (thanks to the closing fireworks, among other things like bands), and mud stuck on my toes for a while – all the ingredients to come back next year!


Day 1 favourites: Tenderfist, Enterprise, Charlie LimPitahati

Day 2 favourites: The Trees and The Wild, White Shoes & The Couples Company, Lapsap X Mini Compo, Sphere, The Impatient Sisters