After an encouraging response towards the first two Miri Country Music Fest, the event will be back bigger and better next year. Country music fans can expect another exciting experience at the third edition of the festival which will be held on February 27 next year.
Next year’s festival will showcase country music bands from Nashville in USA, Australia, Singapore, Indonesia, Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu and Miri and these bands will serenade festival goers with their rendition of rock, pop, contemporary, bluegrass and folk country tunes.
The bands for next year are Ruby Boots from Australia, 2Country4Nashville (USA), Leonard and the Country Riders (Singapore), Tantowi Yahya (Indonesia) and Malaysian’s bands Os Pombos (Kual Lumpur), Jonathan Tse (Kota Kinabalu) and Mountain Wind (Miri).
Os Pombos, who is making a second appearance due to popular request, is expected to get the crowd dancing away to their upbeat tunes especially with their vocal harmony. After being in the business for more than two decades and an album to their credit, Os Pombos is definitely the father of Country Music in Malaysia.
Another act to look out for at next year’s festival is another big name in Country music in the region- Tantowi Yahya. Tantowi is not only popular in Indonesia but he is also well known among Country music followers in Malaysia and the nearby countries. A singer,television host, entrepreneur and politician, Tantowi had also released a Country music album.
Ruby Boots is expected to give the crowd a taste of the Australian Country music with their sparky and truth-soaked music and songs. Led by singer and songwriter Bex Chilcott, Ruby Boots music is heart-warming and full of charm.
Leonard and the Country Riders will ride in from Singapore with traditional Country and Western swing as well as classic tunes. The band pride themselves in their ability to “bring back to life” the sound and feel of real old Country Music.
2Country4Nashvill is a husband and wife band that perform traditional Country tunes. Spotting a pompadour hairstyle Jo-el Ulmer and his wife
LeAnne love and passion for Country music is very much evidence in their performances. In fact that was how the duo got the band’s name. They were auditioning for a music competition and was told that their music sounded too Country.
Kota Kinabalu-based Jonathan Tse is a singer, songwriter and music producer. His songs are inspired by faith, love and hope and his energetic performance is very contagious in getting the audience swaying to his beat.
Nearer to home, the boys of Mountain Wind are no strangers to the local music scene. They are often seen performing at clubs, wedding reception and corporate events.
Organized By: Planet Conventions and Events Sdn Bhd, the festival will be held at Parkcity Everly Hotel Miri.
The one-day event will showcase music workshop, line dance session, bazaar and music concert. The day’s program will begin from 2pm onward with the opening of the bazaar and followed with the music workshops. The line dance session will be held from 4pm while the concert will start from 5.30pm onward.
Line dance enthusiasts to get together to share and exchange dance technique and steps at the line dance sessions.
Planet Conventions and Events will once again invite other event organizers to use the festival as a venue to promote their upcoming events. The idea was introduced this year and it was well received with Rurum Kelabit utilizing the opportunity to promote its Pesta Nukenen (Bario Food Fair).
At the music workshop, festival goers can learn how to sing country tunes and play musical instruments. The workshops proved to be quite popular among the audience as that provide them the opportunity to get up-close with the band members.
Miri city is the northern gateway into Sarawak and it is known as the Resort City. Both Malaysia Airlines Berhad and Air Asia have direct flights from Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Singapore, Kuching and Kota Kinabalu to Miri.
RM 80.00 (Adult)
RM 40.00 (Child)
Tickets are now available in Kuching, Miri and Kota Kinabalu. In Kuching, the tickets are available at Planet Conventions and Events office (tel: 082 250400) while in Miri, the tickets are available at Parkcity Everly Hotel Miri (085 440288) and Planet Borneo Travel and Tour Services (085 414300). In Kota Kinabalu, the tickets are available from Asif Pishori (+6014 6922757).
For More Information:
Phone: +6082 368109
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