Fri 11 May – NOUVELLE VAGUE LIVE IN JAKARTA
By day, I was dancing around with a bunch of kindergarteners to the tune of nursery rhymes. A few hours later after the sun went down, I was standing with a bottle of vodka in my hand and shouting along to Too Drunk to Fuck
. It's just bizarre when the thought struck me.
Due to traffic jam, I was almost late arriving at the venue. My friends were already waiting, so we went straight in. I was initially shocked at realising how out of place my outfit was: a high collared beige jacket, a pair of Levi's and a pair of Converse. Yes, I know, the dress code was bikini and shorts, but there's no way I would wear such unprotective clothes amidst the blowing night wind. But I truly looked like an alien in the sea of flowing summer dresses, tank-tops and mini skirts. I finally took off the jacket when the body heat of the crowd started to become unbearable, but I still felt out of place.
The gig started out late, luckily we were armed with a complimentary bottle of a very tasty vodka-juice. The atmosphere was pleasant: the stage was set up across the pool from where the audience were, wind was blowing softly, music was blaring loudly, everyone seemed happy [if not slightly tipsy] and full of enthusiastic anticipation. I thought I saw a friend, but once she disappeared in the crowd it was impossible to find her again. I also tried to look for fellow last.fm-ers but it was virtually impossible! I had been expecting a low-key intimate gig, but there I was, in the middle of a giant clubbing scene, packed with more trendy people than I'd ever seen in my life. I kind of regretted not dressing up better, since I don't have much chance to dress up and this was a perfect one. But, ah well.
The band entered the stage in style. There's something very captivating about the girls of Nouvelle Vague
: they're pretty and sexy. Both wore flowing mini dresses, black stockings, and shiny flats, which were just perfect for their figures and dance moves. Opening with Killing Moon
, the band were met with a very warm welcome.
The girls were very active onstage; singing, synchronised-dancing, playing various handheld instruments, and egging the audience to sing along. When we're not loud enough, one of them shouted, "Come on, you can say 'fuck' but you can't say 'aa-ah'?" Their onstage exuberance reminded me of Jane Birkin
at times, whose performance I had the honour of watching. They seem to be really into the music.
The crowd kept moving and changing, I managed to eventually get a good view of the stage after being stuck behind a large Afro-haired bloke for some [annoying] time. I knew the songs, the performance were very entertaining, and an air of disappointment swept the crowd as they announced that Love Will Tear Us Apart
would be their last song ["Maybe," said them teasingly]. They - of course - came back after that, continuing with the extended version of the aforementioned song, and launched into In a Manner of Speaking
They closed with Just Can't Get Enough
. There certainly wouldn't be any more songs because... well, by this time, some people from the audience already jumped into the pool, and right after the song was finished, the men of the band jumped along with them! It was just a right memorable ending for an entertaining performance. There was an after party, but my friends wanted to head straight home. Well, admittedly I'm not a devoted fan of Nouvelle Vague, but they managed to provide me with a fun, chilled out, and memorable evening. Merci beaucoup!