It was a dark and stormy night in Kuala Lumpur on 8 December 2012 and I was rather hesitant about going for Heineken’s Thirst in SIC as I knew that there would not be any shelter from the rain. However after a couple of calls to my mates who were at SIC early they assured me that it was not raining there so I decided to press my luck.
Heineken Thirst has evolved over the last three years into a landmark event on the international festival circuit. This time with two arenas instead of one at a custom-built festival site located at the paddock area instead of the rather cramp SIC Welcome Centre, Heineken brought down headliner Avicii at the Main Stage and Above & Beyond who have a huge following in Malaysia. Representing Malaysia were our very own EDM superstars Goldfish & Blink. This was a show not to be missed and I had been waiting for it since the stellar lineup was announced in November.
I (somewhat brilliantly) injured my left foot earlier in the week however that certainly did not deter me from going for the event. I slipped on a pair of slippers, jumped into my car and headed over to SIC. Fortunately the VIP area was relatively near the paddock building and there were shuttle buses to ferry us right to the doorstep of the VIP entrance! I thought that was pretty awesome as I didn’t need to hobble and limp all the way from the car park to the entrance so kudos to the organisers for thinking of that!
I actually went only to see two (2) artistes – Above & Beyond (which I had the honour of seeing up close in Zouk Club KL a couple of years back) and Avicii and I timed my arrival at SIC to coincide with their set times. First stop though was the bar in the VIP zone to get a couple of ice-cold Heinekens! Then it was down to the cabanas to meet up with the rest…
Unfortunately I did not stay until the end as my foot was hurting so I left at 1.45am before the event ended and missed the fireworks (sigh).
BTW here’s an interesting fact for you. See the three (3) flowers lit up in purple in the photo above? Ok here’s a clearer pic below.
The 50 foot high flowers were called ‘Wish’ and made its Asian debut at Heineken Thirst. D esigned by San Francisco public art conceptualists Robert James, Wish consists of ‘three contemporary dandelions that are losing their seeds in the wind’. Clad in aluminium leaves and mirrored glass and edged with pulsating LEDs that react to the tempo of the music far below, Wish was a pretty cool visual sight at Heineken Thirst.
I found out after the event that 28,000 party-goers attended this year’s Heineken Thirst making it I believe the highest turnout ever for a Thirst in Malaysia. I think this had to do with the superstar acts as well as having two (2) stages to cater to different music tastes. I’m glad to see that EDM is alive and
kicking dancing in Malaysia!
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