Faizal Tahir Sizzles Brighton Malaysian Festival
LONDON, April 27 (Bernama) — Malaysian rock sensation Faizal Tahir sizzled the crowd at Brighton’s first Malaysian Festival held at Komedia, the south’s most popular venue for comedy and music.
The rocker who has always been in the limelight for his songs, gimmicks and daring stunts mesmerised the crowd with his 2014 single ‘Assalamualaikum’ and other songs from his previous albums.
“I’ve performed several times in the United Kingdom (UK) such as in London and Sheffield but it’s my first time in Brighton. It was great as the crowd was mostly from the younger generation and my aim have always been to spread some positive vibes among them,” he told Bernama after the festival Sunday.
Komedia is situated in the North Laine, in the heart of Brighton, one of the most cultural cities in Europe offering festivals, galleries, museums, film, nightlife, comedy and theatre.
The Brighton Malaysian Festival is held a week before the yearly Brighton Fringe dubbed as the largest arts festival in England with more than 760 individual events, 175 free events and 3516 performances at 176 venues.
The festival with a floral theme to usher the spring season in the UK was organised by Kelab UMNO Brighton.
“We had more than 200 people coming from London, Kent, Southampton, Portsmouth, Leeds, Manchester and other parts of the UK joining us in this wonderful get-together of Malaysians. It was also delightful to meet students from other parts of the world who joined our festival today,” said Brighton Kelab UMNO chairman Azad Ashraf Muhammad Sani.
Azad Ashraf, 22, an undergraduate economics and politics student from University of Sussex said there would be bigger plans for Brighton Malaysian Festival next year since it was their first time organising such an event.
“We hope to do something on a larger scale and open it to the public for people to know more about Malaysia,” he said adding that it would definitely be something along the line of entertainment and arts, for which the city was known for.
Apart from performances by Faizal Tahir, the crowd was also entertained by several games, competition and open-mic sessions with Malaysian food and retail stalls.