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Here’s what we have lined up: Bo Bedroom Sanctuary, Pesawat, The Otherside Orchestra, Sam (Kuman), Azmyl Yunor, Reza Salleh, Jerome Kugan, Liyana Fizi, Zalila Lee, Izzy Mohd, Dichi Michi, TILU, Beatburns, Tres Empre, Beeha, Amirah Ali etc.

In partnership with our friends from Pekan Frinjan and Zulhabri, we bring you over 55 acts during the weekend.

We’re pleased to report back to you on the latest confirmed musicians for the festival. Let’s start with the headliners, and we will release more information within these next 2 weeks. We thank you, all bands and singer songwriters for your patience as we go through our list. There are over 100 bands signed up and we need sort give priority to those who have performed at Doppelganger Open Mic, or at least we’ve heard you play LIVE before at one of our shows.

We’ll start with a festival special gig at No Black Tie. This night will feature a “Sweden Malaysia Collaboration Gig” between Malaysia’s homegrown singer songwriters – REZA SALLEH, LIYANA FIZI, JEROME KUGAN, IZZY MOHD, ZALILA LEE & BEDROOM SANCTUARY (BO AMIR IQRAM) and also Sweden’s homegrown folk/blues/americana duo, THE HARVEST. The show will be recorded LIVE at No Black Tie on 9 May 2011. Tickets at the door and will go on sale starting 27 April. Limited release of the CD compilation will go on sale end of May!

Jerome Kugan

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The Harvest (Sweden)

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Hey there folks! Now you can go shopping without money – at our monthly event, Doppelganger KL open mic gig & SwapMeet Bazaar. Just bring 10 items for free entry (otherwise RM10) and you will then receive Doppelganger dollars to ‘buy’ other products. Over 20 acts lined up, good old faces and new acts. We can’t wait to see you all there at Palate Palette!

Local Artistes Transcend Boundaries at World Expo

Visitors Fascinated by Indie Musicians’ Performance at the Malaysian Pavilion

Kuala Lumpur, 13 September 2010 – A group of Malaysian independent artistes were brought to Shanghai, China to perform at the Malaysian Pavilion recently. The group, which consisted of singer-songwriters Ady Suwardy, Ariff AB, Izzy Mohd, Liyana Fizi and Zalila Lee, were accompanied by punk-rock group, One Buck Short who were both surprised and happy with the reception they received during their one day performance on 31 August 2010 as part of the Indie Youth Fest 2010 World Tour (FEYST10).

Being the youngest in the entourage at 19 years old, Ariff AB opened the show for the public right after the Cultural Dance show by the Tourism Malaysia troupe. “I felt really nervous but gave it all that I’ve got and more. It was really great seeing all these different people from different backgrounds and culture enjoying the show,” he said.

His sentiment is echoed by the rest of the independent musicians company, especially by Liyana who said, “I was pleasantly surprised to discover that music transcends all languages, cultures, and ethnicities as the feedback was good (although) I needed an interpreter with me to introduce my songs.”

Meanwhile, the crowd sang along with Ady Suwardy with his rendition of popular Mandarin song ‘Xin Bu Liao Qing’ but the crowd was already smitten with him from his sound check. He still can’t get over the feistiness of the crowd that are unlike Malaysian audience.

Izzy Mohd, on the other hand, was surprised that she already has a steady stream of fans from Hong Kong and Taiwan, thanks to the internet. “I cannot even pronounce her surname but Izzy has a very soulful, melodious voice. I feel very lucky to be able to see her perform live,” say a Hong Kong fan who wishes not to be named.

In the meantime, One Buck Short was completely unprepared for their segment; having to play acoustically due to a technical glitch at the pavilion. Nonetheless, the boys marched on and performed a great albeit subdued versions of their popular songs. They even managed to garner new fans during their fast and peppy performance.

It was certainly a successful venture for the independent artistes despite the lowest amount of visitors to the Expo 2010 Shanghai China at 125,000. Aside from the crowd at the Malaysian Pavilion, the artistes also had audience standing in line at nearby pavilions as well as those relaxing nearby.

Some visitors were quite unhappy though when told that the artistes were only performing for one day. However, they were placated with the FEYST10 compilation album giveaway. The album features one song from each of the artistes who performed at the Malaysian Pavilion. According to Izzy Mohd, she “felt so great to be given the opportunity to represent Malaysia and perform at the World Expo.”

FEYST10 World Tour Shanghai was accompanied by indie filmmakers, Ikanpaos Collective, who documented the journey. The tour was organised by Go International Group Sdn Bhd, supported by Tourism Malaysia and sponsored by AirAsia X.

Indie Youth Fest will continue from 1 – 10 October at selected venues in Klang Valley featuring a music and film workshop, tonnes of music gigs and concerts, a beatbox challenge, mass blogger review competition, e-sports tournament and more with its finale youth carnival at Berjaya Times Square on 9 – 10 October 2010. Towards the end of October, winners of massive multiplayer online role-playing game Heroes of Newerth will have the privilege of representing their country at the Swedish Pavilion at the World Expo. They will then move on with cyber athletes of other games to the world’s largest digital festival, DreamHack, in Jönköping, Sweden in November this year.


Media Inquiries:

Jasmine Low,

Syuhada ‘Cece’ Adam,

Malaysian artistes’ tour’s premiere China performance made the audience hungry for more

Shanghai, 30 August 2010 – The Indie Youth Fest World Tour 2010 (FEYST10) to the Malaysian Pavilion at the Expo 2010 Shanghai China started with a resounding success with a short performance at Yu Ying Tang Live House – one of Shanghai’s oldest indie establishments.

Izzy Mohd, Liyana Fizi and Zalila Lee got together on the stage backed by Izaad Amir on guitar and vocals to perform a singer-songwriters circle that completely wowed the crowd. Taking a turn each, they started by presenting their best ballads first to the crowd.

Beginning from Izzy’s soulful delivery of her song ‘Fall’, the circle received a thunderous applause from the crowd. They were also dancing and swaying to the songs performed by the trio.

One Buck Short pictured here with fans in Shanghai

Their second segment featured a faster, edgier pace which had the crowd moving. Some were recording the performance while texting their friends about it on a second phone. But the night wasn’t over yet.

Tour Manager of FEYST10 and Director of Go International Group, Jasmine Low, got on the stage briefly before One Buck Short’s performance. In her speech, she thanked national low cost carrier AirAsia X for their assistance and sponsorship. “(Shanghai) is huge but we love your city. We hope we can come back again,” she said prior to giving away one FEYST10 compilation CD to a lucky audience. Jasmine’s speech was translated into Mandarin by Assistant Translator, Michelle Low, who is part of the FEYST10 entourage.

The Yu Ying Tang crowd didn’t know what to expect from punk-rock band One Buck Short, or just OBS to their fans, when they walked on the stage. Vocalist for the band, Mooky, started their show by thanking Jasmine Low and Go International Group for making the tour happen and explaining to the crowd about the band. With the words, “We are really loud”, they commanded the attention of the-now international crowd, which included a group from the German Pavilion at Expo 2010 Shanghai China.

This writer thinks that the words from OBS’s bio “OBS is a band that will definitely get you screaming, rocking and moshing non-stop!” does not do them justice. They are the happiness factory of joy that will get rock your soul, spirit and make you embrace life with all cherry on top of the whipped cream.

The crowd shouted “No, no! We want more!” when Mooky announced their last song. It was obvious that the crowd wanted OBS to go on forever. For their final song of the night, bassist Izal jumped into the crowd and jumped along with them, all the while playing along with the band.

There were definitely a lot of love from the Yu Ying Tang crowd for OBS and it is of no surprise that they were invited to perform at the club one more time before the FEYST10 entourage leaves Shanghai.

Some of the audience came up to the artistes after their performances, chatting up a storm. Meanwhile, some of the FEYST10 compilation album were also snapped up by the audience which were selling for RMB30 (RM15). The album consists of one song from each of the artistes featured in the tour, including Ady Suwardy and Ariff AB.

Media inquiries:

Jasmine Low,

Syuhada ‘Cece’ Adam,