The ambiance of a music festival sparks a light inside anyone attending. The electric energy pulsating through the crowd is an addicting rush that unites every single concertgoer in perfect harmony. Why else would you be sitting in the hot summer sun or cold winter breeze for hours on end? Obviously the music is the best part of festivals. Whatever genre the festival is, the hosts have plenty of different music opportunities for you to enjoy. They may even have multiple main stages going on at once and a few smaller venue tents here and there for people who want to experience different foods too. Regardless, festivals are surrounded by awesome music.
Recently, the second edition of The Koblumpi Music Festival, powered by Nescafe Basement, was held in the capital in Bani Gala, featuring over 8 hours of non-stop power-packed live performances. The Islamabad Chapter featured 16 amazing artists and bands from across Pakisan including Takatak, Karakoram, Maanu, Natasha Noorani, Mekaal Hasan Band, Poor Rich Boy, Keeray Makorey, Ali Noor, Jasim and The Pindi Boys, Ali Suhail, Sikandar Ka Mandar, Saakin, Amena Farooq, Haniya Alsam, Natasha Humera Ejaz and Uzair Jaswal. In attendance were music enthusiasts from Islamabad along with celebrities and personalities such as Ahmed Ali Akbar, Ali Rehman Khan, Asim Azhar and Ayesha Omar amongst others. The festival consists of Festival Director Mehreen Rana, Show Director Mekaal Hasan, Imran Mirza as the Audio Partner, Danish Qureshi as Lead Designer, Ali Khan as Creative Director.
It was an all afternoon family and community festival, from 12 noon to 9 pm, featuring a wide range of independent and mainstream artists from across the country with a focus on original music, added activities for kids and families, as well as a huge array of food stalls and refreshments. The Koblumpi team aimed to provide an atmospheric experience bringing people together to enjoy a great, music-filled afternoon with their friends and families. Indeed, the festival is an artist driven independent music festival which seeks to connect performers of original content with their potential audience base.
–– A. Jafri
Photography by Tayyab Naveed