On the 5th of August, we went to Glenn Fredly’s concert (apparently renowned Indonesian singer). This concert was celebrating his 20th year of career and even if I had some apprehensions, it was totally amazing!
It took place in Hard Rock Café Bali, and the ticket was a bit expensive, even compared to European standards, so I was very curious to know what was going to happen.
We arrived there at 9:00 P.M., and a long queue of people were already waiting at the front door. Was he that famous? We entered, and slalomed between the “reserved” tables to try to find a place to sit and wait. The show was supposed to start at 11:00 P.M.
9:30 P.M., the room is half full, or half empty depending on the perspective. I begin to drink my free drink obtained with the concert ticket, the cranberry juice is good. The music they are playing and displaying on 30 different LCD screens is not bad either.
11:00 P.M., still no sign of the artist. Is he expensive and late? That’s not going his way for now.
11:10 P.M., we hear few girls screaming and observe people moving in the direction of the stage. Has he finally arrived? We try to find a spot where to observe the scene and suddenly realize that the place is full. He might well be famous in the end.
11:15 P.M., the band starts playing. There is one singer (Glenn obviously), two guitarists, one bassist, one guy at the drums and two guys on keyboards. And one saxophonist. THE saxophonist. He was incredibly good.
Before attending this concert, the only things I have heard about Glenn is that he was a love songwriter that girls are fond of, Hera included. But what I was listening had nothing to do with the love songs I had in mind. It was jazzy, groovy, funky! Even without understanding all the lyrics (majoritarily in Indonesian), the songs were all very entertaining! I don’t remember the last time I had this much fun during a concert.
It is almost 01:15 A.M. when Glenn finally says his goodbye. “I love you all so much”, “Thank you for the energy”, with a big smile on his face. Even when the microphones stopped working a first time, then a second time, he didn’t lose his calm and his smile.
What marked me the most during this concert (my first on Indonesian land) was not the performance in itself (which was amazing, don’t misunderstand me) but the public and the energy in the room. The room was full, packed. And the public was screaming his lungs out every lyrics of every songs. Sometimes, the public was singing so loud that it was covering Glenn’s voice, which he took with a smile.
At the end of the concert, the only thing I was thinking about was to get to know more about this artist and to get his albums. In my opinion, this is what every artist should aim for when they perform.
Glenn Fredly, Terima Kasih!