As the weekend flew by, a good few thousands of energetic and spirited youths from across the country and abroad danced and partied at We The Fest 2019. Indonesia’s highly-celebrated music festival organised by ISMAYA Live was back for its regularly scheduled programme where, for three days straight, the music and crowd were unapologetically festive and spry.
We The Fest this year called in festival goers for a weekend of music, games, fashion and food for everybody. And in the spirit that they’re known for, We The Fest brought in more than fifty international and local artists to perform across the festival’s four stages, one more than last year’s festival.
Among the lineup, international headliners easily stirred the crowd’s excitement the most. On the first day, the festival started strong with the pop duo Capital Cities, as well as DJ San Holo with his electrifying Lights. The night ended with a charmed audience thanks to Bazzi and Troye Sivan. On Day-2, the crowd didn’t hold back from dancing to Anne-Marie’s energy, Canadian indie pop band Alvvays, and the well-awaited Daniel Caesar with a soulful voice that triggers every romantic to wrap their hands around a loved one and dance in the dark. For the final day, Warpaint and Cigarettes After Sex graced This Stage is Bananas. While, over at the main stage, rapper 6lack serenaded our night, followed by Joji who tuned the cheering crowd with a remix of Toy Story’s You’ve Got a Friend in Me.
Whereas, the lineup of local artists cheered the festival before sunset. Some familiar names like Dipha Barus, Elephant Kind, Barasuara, The Adams, Kunto Aji and .Feast gathered loyal fans who didn’t contain the urge to dance and sing along in high spirits to accompany the captivating acts. This year, a few emerging local artists also performed their first momentous gig at WTF, such as the Duara duo, Hindia, and Eva Celia.
Amidst the music, there were plenty more to keep one’s hands busy: movie screenings, WTF Con, karaoke boxes and catchy photobooths kept the fun alive in anticipation of the following sets. Again this year, festival goers went in with the vibrant outfits and bejeweled faces, fit for a summer music festival painted in colourful and electrifying hues.
Indeed, it’s not just the music. WTF has done it again in delivering an all-around experience unlike any other. It’s not surprising to see the thousands of the highly-spirited youths revisiting the experience again and again. And so begins the anticipation for next year’s festivities.