ISSN: 1391 - 0531
Sunday, May 27, 2007
Vol. 41 - No 52

Exceptional experience

By Natasha Fernandopulle

The rock concert, Chaos Invited was held on May 20, at Clancy's.
So just to get a feel of what went on, the Mirror Magazine caught up with a few people who were there and this is what they had to say.

"It was an exceptional musical experience and a welcome change in the mundane and highly monotonous string of events in the Sri Lankan musical industry," said Sohan (19), adding that it was, "A welcome break and a stimulator for all metal heads who are normally not catered for, with the music being sweetly brutal fused with out of this world melody.” Says Wendy (20) "The concert was awesome. Everyone had a lot of fun and it have been a long time since the Stigs has had a well-organized concert."

"The atmosphere was amazing," said Doos (23) a merchandiser from Brandix. He also said that the crowd was a young one, where about 40% were young guys between 16 to 18 years. Why this was something noteworthy is because the crowd that comes is usually 20 years and upwards.

"This time though, there were a lot of ladies… do you know why? Well, because entrance was free!" he said, adding, "There were ladies in 'the pit, they were going crazy." He went on to say, "everybody was with the three bands that played."

Doos went on to add that these were, "the best sounds I've heard in any concert in Sri Lanka, even though it was indoors, everything was clear like the rhythm guitar, bass, drum and vocals."

He had wanted to check what the sounds were like away from 'the pit' and when he had moved out he realized "it was crystal clear."

In response to whether he had a good time he said, "Absolutely! I'm still feeling it!"

Dhisni (24) said, "It was an 'awesome' show. Great music! Amazing crowd! Just smashing! Undoubtedly the best rock gig I've been to in a while."

Shiraaz Nooramith, a poplar musician in Colombo said, "I was very impressed with all the rock bands especially because they performed originals – that's excellent!"

"I think they are doing a great job," he went on to say, adding, "I hope to be at the next concert and I'll be a regular."

Rock is not usually Shiraaz's cup of tea but he said he was very impressed with the talent. With regard to the scope rock music has in Sri Lanka, he said, "they have quite a few fans but it will catch up and in time to come, they will have more."

"I want to wish them all, the best," he said and he also went on to say, "they should keep doing originals."

The premium sponsor for the gig was Axe. The electronic media sponsors were MTV and Sirasa TV while the print media sponsor was the Mirror Magazine.

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