JOHOR BARU, March 24 – More than 50,000 people are expected to throng Danga Bay here every night from Thursday (March 26) for the four-day free concerts featuring some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry in Malaysia and the world. The Iskandar Waterfront Carnival 2015 in being held in conjuction with the coronation of the Sultan of Johor. Iskandar Waterfront Holdings Sdn Bhd (IWH), which is organising the concerts and beach sports and games, said the events were part of its corporate social responsibility programme.
The free open air concerts will be held on the sprawling new terrace paved with interlocking bricks behind the Danga Bay Convention Centre and overlooking the Straits of Johor and Singapore. They will be held nightly from 7.30pm. Each night’s performance will showcase different artistes from the United States, South Korea, Indonesia and Malaysia. There will also be magic shows and pyro musical fireworks displays.
The climax, however, will be March 29 when the Sultan of Johor and the royal family is expected to also witness the show, which will culminate with a spectacular fireworks display. Among those performing will be the Korean four-piece SISTAR, which has an enormous global following. Since their introduction in 2011, this all-girls group has won multiple hits and is now ranked among the top 10 K-Pop groups .
T-Ara from South Korea, another glamorous band with legions of fans, will also be performing. Australian-born pop star Havana Brown will also thrill audiences. The singer, dancer and DJ has toured the world and is a much sought-after entertainer. Taboo, a key member of the world-famous Black Eyed Peas, will also be performing, in addition to current Indonesian hot favourite Dato Ross.
Big names in Malaysia such as Fuying & Sam, Sheila Majid, Alleycats, Jacklyn Victor, Faizal Tahir, Shila Amzah and Penny Tai have also been signed up to thrill local fans during the four-day concert. “The concerts are absolutely free. It is our way of saying ‘thank you’ to the people for their support,” said IWH spokesman Gary Lee Seaton. The concert schedule is as follows:
March 26: Nicole Tai (Astro talent search star), Rossa (Indonesia), and SISTAR (all girls K-Pop group from South Korea);
March 27: Geraldine Gan (Astro talent search star), Jacklyn Victor, Sheila Majid, and Penny Tai;
March 28: Crystal Lee, Fuying & Sam (Taiwan), Alleycats and Faizal Tahir;
March 29: Shila Amzah, T-Ara (Korean K-Pop group), Havana Brown (USA) and Taboo (a member of Black Eyed Peas).
“Ample free parking space will be provided, with clear signage for the public to come for the concerts without any hassle. “A tram service is also available for those parking some distance away from the concert venue,” added Seaton. He advised members of the public to come early because of the massive crowds expected to turn up for the shows. Meanwhile, all beach sports and games will be flagged off on March 26 at Danga Bay at 8am.
These activities will continue daily until March 29, which will culminate in the prize-giving ceremony for the champions by the Sultan of Johor. The events include beach volleyball, netball, soccer and tug of war. Also included is a F3000 Powerboat Race, Boat Floats Parade and Competition, and a Cycle-around-Johor Race. The public can visit www.iskandarwaterfront.com for full details.