The Friday afternoon brought in some surprises for the rock music lovers of Sylhet, as Dan Cake presented country's seven popular bands along with a popular local band together on the stage of Legacy of Rock N Roll in the Celebrity Hall in hotel Star Pacific, Sylhet yesterday.
The city was drenched in rain since the morning, which worried the organisers about the audience turn up. Nonetheless, they had their bets on the passion of the local music lovers, and continued preparations for the show. Head of marketing of Dan Cake, Minhaj Hossain made it clear that they intend to encourage growth in the music industry: “We also want to present the local bands to the audience, so that they can get exposure and do better in the future.”
The anxiety ceased as the young rock n roll enthusiasts flocked around the venue in their favourite rock band t-shirts. The show started with an explosive performance by H2SO4, a popular local rock band. The other performing bands were Arbovirus, Avoidrafa, Powersurge, Mechanix, Radioactive, Echoes and Savagery. The bands not only performed their own songs, but also covers to please the energetic crowd. Mechanix dedicated their song Niyoti to their band member Zeheen Ahmed, who passed away in his prime. Powersurge wowed the audience with a stellar medley cover of the songs of Guru James.
Four friends from MC College, Raiyanur Rahman, Sakibul Islam Ahmed, Mahir Daiyan, Nafis Sadik Siam were thrilled to see their favourite bands Mechanix and Arbovirus perform on the stage. Nafis said, “It is a great initiative to revive the concert culture. We haven't had a show of this grandeur in a long time. We hope they arrange more of these shows in the future.”
Nayemur Rahman is a CSE major and an apprentice in playing the drums. He took the trouble of travelling through the rain just to watch his favourite band Powersurge play live.
Nahida Akhter was one of the few female participants attending the concert. She expressed her joy by headbanging with the rest of the male-dominated crowd.
Many in the audience travelled here from Dhaka. They saw it as a perfect opportunity to listen to some rock music and explore the beautiful city of Sylhet.
The concert brought back life to live music for the audience. The musicians were pumped up with an audience who sang along with every lyric that they did. With the head bangs and air guitar move, the audience owned the space completely. The overwhelming response from Sylhet is a sure sign of hope for good music.