Things are getting going in Jakarta… I’ve just agreed a full-time job which is rather good news involving photography, writing and web development. I also covered my first music festival since I started backpacking… I really missed it! And what a music festival! JakJazz (The 9th International Jakarta Jazz Festival) featured really stunning musical talent from Indonesia which really put the European and American bands to shame. Loads of incredible guitarists, which kept me really happy.
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I left Lily Allen and her accompanying media circus in time to catch a bit of Rodrigo y Gabriela, who had whipped up the crowd into a frenzy. I’ve not seen such an appreciative audience in quite some time. I nipped backstage to grab some quick shots after the performance, always a privilige to meet such amazing musicians.
Although I did enjoy myself… the location was fantastic and it was great to relax in (mostly) sunshine and good weather, it has to be said that there are many festivals around which are the same cost or cheaper. These festivals are miles ahead in organisation, quality of bands, atmosphere, variety of stalls, attention to detail, etc. Solfest and Knockengorroch are two festivals that come to mind which are similarly community based and not-for-profit.
One big issue… it’s not good to stop people bringing alcohol into the festival and then allow the only beer tent to run out of most drinks almost immediately.
The Pigeon Detectives brought the event to a close as if a whirlwind hit the festival. Pushy miserable photographers appeared from nowhere. One in particular really wound me up and got under my skin… she’s usually taking photos for Kerrang and I have previously found it not pleasant to be taking photos with her. She was literally pushing me out of the way for photos and sticking her camera in front of mine. I’d been very laid back all weekend, and this attitude really took me by surprise… there was just no need for it. The next time I see her in the pit with me, I’ll tell her that if it happens again, I will shove her out of the way.