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Synchronize Fest 2020 to air on TV and internet

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Tue, October 20, 2020  /  01:47 pm
Synchronize Fest 2020 to air on TV and internet

Lake Stage at the 2018 Synchronize Fest at Gambir Expo Kemayoran, Jakarta. (Kompas.com/Ira Gita)

Multi-genre music event Synchronize Fest 2020 is set to air on local television channel SCTV for the first time on Nov. 14 at 9:45 p.m.

The event will also be livestreamed on streaming platform Vidio and AnggurOT’s YouTube channel.

Synchronize Festival director David Karto said the organizer wished to keep the music industry sustainable and provide entertainment to the public. “All productions will be run in compliance with health protocol. We want to keep moving. This industry has to stay creative,” David said in a press conference on Monday.

Kiki Aulia, program director of Synchronize Festival, said live music performances on television were no longer commonplace and that bringing the popular music festival to TV would hopefully also bring people back to TV and enjoy the festival for free.

“For people without television sets or local channels on their TVs, the festival will also be available on Vidio,” Kiki said. The entire show of Synchronize Fest will be streamed on Vidio, which has a chat feature for those who want to give shoutouts during the program. A special preshow will only be available on Vidio, which will present singers including Danilla, Kunto Aji and Pamungkas performing soundtracks of Indonesian movies from the 2000s.

Kiki said one of the challenges they encountered was how to shift the festival’s three-day experience to a three-hour show on TV. Featuring a total of 29 performers, Synchronize Fest 2020 aims to highlight performers who have been in the spotlight in the country’s music scene. People can expect to watch .Feast, Koil, Scaller, The SIGIT, Iwan Fals, The Upstairs, Pee Wee Gaskins, a collaborative performance between dangdut superstar Rhoma Irama and DJ Dipha Barus, as well as the reunion of Kangen Band. Founded in 2005, the band rose to national fame with its debut album in 2007. Lead singer Andika resigned in 2012. 

“This will be Rhoma Irama’s first solo performance without his band Soneta Group,” said Kiki. “As Synchronize Fest is [known for] reuniting bands, this year we will witness Kangen Band in reunion. They paved the way for Malay music to enter Indonesia’s mainstream music [in the 2000s].”

Established in 2000, Synchronize Festival was initiated by independent record labels Demajors and Dyandra Promosindo. The event is known for featuring celebrated performers and newcomers, including singer Ebiet G. Ade and the late Didi Kempot, a maestro of campur sari (blend of traditional Javanese and modern music). The festival’s 2020 installment was scheduled to run from Oct. 2 to 4 at JIExpo, Central Jakarta, but it was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (wir/wng)

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