Ruel Shines at Debut Indonesian Show by irvan wahyudi


The debut Indonesian show of Australian singer Ruel was filled with loud cheers from hundreds of his most loyal fans last night at Soehanna Hall, The Energy Building Jakarta.

A total of 13 songs were performed throughout the show that started at 8 PM, including Jack Garratt's "Weathered" that Ruel performed at triple J's Like A Version segment, making him the youngest ever act to perform there. 

"This is one of the songs that started my journey," Ruel said before an audience that was dominated with young teens.

Aside from his hit singles such as "Dazed & Confused", "Not Thinkin' Bout You", and "Say",Ruel also took the opportunity to perform three unreleased songs which were "Real Thing", "Unsaid", and "Pain Killer".

The Weeknd's "Call Out Your Name" and John Legend's "Who Did That to You" were amongst the song in Ruel's 13-song setlist last night.

Ruel closed the show with two of his Gold-certified singles, "Don't Tell Me" and "Younger". "Thank you so much, I promise to come back here soon," Ruel said.

Ruel's Jakarta show was the seventh stop of his first Asian tour, Ready Tour 2019, that visited major cities in the continent including Manila, Tokyo, Seoul, Hong Kong, Singapore, Bangkok, and Kuala Lumpur.

At just the age of 16 years old, Ruel has caught the world's attention with his soulful voice through Gold-certified singles including "Don't Tell Me" and "Dazed and Confused", taken off of his debut EP entitled "Ready" that was released June last year.

We The Fest Drops Star-Studded and Diverse Phase 1 Lineup by irvan wahyudi

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Indonesia’s premier festival for all things music, fashion, food and the arts, We The Fest, today announces its sonically diverse and star-studded phase one lineup:

Year on year, organisers Ismaya Live continue to outdo themselves with carefully curated lineups, pieced together with artists right at the top of their respective genres. The first headliner bound for Indonesia’s bustling capital this year is none other than viral hip-hop duo, Rae Sremmurd. Still riding a wave of success from their global hit ‘Black Beatles’, and specialising in party-friendly trap anthems, the Atlanta-based duo will be lighting up the WTF mainstage come July. They join multi-grammy-nominated R&B icon Daniel Caesar, who gained international attention with his Billboard #1 album Freudian back in 2017 and major follow up collaborations with the likes of H.E.R and Jessie Reyez. Also announced today and continuing on the R&B tip, is South-Korean sensation DEAN, and one of the hottest breakthrough acts currently on the circuit, 6LACK. With his music a nod to the sounds of Usher and T-Pain, his cuts including ‘OTW’ and ‘PRBLMS’ have struck a chord the world over.

Returning to Jakarta is one of Indonesia’s best loved bands, Cigarettes After Sex. With their sultry and emotionally charged tracks soothing the nation and beyond, their performance will certainly be one to remember. Taking things up a considerable gear is future-bass connoisseur San Holo, and one of house music’s rising stars Yaeji. Together with Australia’s most sought after DJ Anna Lunoe and New Zealand indie-pop sensation Baynk, there will be plenty to keep the party going right until curfew.

Flying the flag for pop is Toronto five-piece Alvvays, whose sugary melodies and dreamy chord progressions will be going down a treat with the Jakartan crowd, as will Jess ConnellySabrina Claudioand Rad Museum’s unique brand of soulful R&B.

Indonesian talent is also on display with the likes of Coldiac, TULUS, .Feast and rock outfit DEWA19 featuring Ari Lasso & Dul Jaelani, showing why the country continues to put out some of the most exciting music in the region.

With many more names yet to be announced, as well as plenty of activations and surprises still in store, We The Fest 2019 is already shaping up to be one for the history books.

Stay up to date with all things WTF via our social media channels.

More Than 70,000 Foodies Attended Jakarta Culinary Feastival 2018 by irvan wahyudi


The fifth edition of Jakarta Culinary Feastival welcomed more than 70,000 foodies throughout its 4-day run on 1-4 November at Senayan City.

A total of 72 tenants was featured across 6 zones of the festival that was split into 2 tents — Spoon Tent and Fork Tent — located across Senayan City’s North Lobby and South Lobby respectively. Spoon Tent hosted the Restaurant Area, GO-FOOD Festival, and Main Bar, while Fork Tent housed the always brewing Coffee Room, Dessert Garden, and the festive Market Place area.

On the last day of the festival, a diverse range of cooking demos hosted by the some of the region’s culinary stars took place in Fork Tent. Highlights included Indonesia’s living icon Sisca Soewitomo’s “Permata Dari Jawa Timur” show and MasterChef Australia 2017’s runner-up Ben Ungermann’s very own “A Taste of Holland” cooking demo.

Festival goers also took part in various activities such as the Mie-stery Box Challenge, Burger Stacking Competition, GO-FOOD’s interactive photo booth, and world’s spiciest noodle eating contest.

One of the main highlights of the festival’s fourth day was Revo’s Kids Cooking Class in the Masterclass area. Revo, who’s now arguably one of the nation’s most famous chefs, found his then-new passion in cooking in the same Kids Cooking Class back in JCF 2012. This year’s JCF marked Revo’s last appearance before flying off to New Zealand to pursue his dream of enrolling in a cooking academy at Le Cordon Bleu.

Over at Spoon Tent, various Chef’s Table session hosted by the festival’s brightest culinary stars took foodies to our dining table. Potato Head Jakarta’s head chef, Aditya Muskita, and Mr Fox Jakarta’s Vebrina Hadi took turns to showcase their signature dishes to participating foodies.

JCF 2018 reached its climax with a mixology demo by Agung Prabowo, representing The Old Man’s Hong Kong that currently sits on number 10 of World’s 50 Best Bars.

In its fifth edition, JCF delivered its 360 degrees culinary festival experience for the capital’s foodies through its 4 main pillars; taste, sip, learn, and fun. “At JCF 2018, festival goers experienced more than just eating and drinking,” said Sarah Deshita, Ismaya Live’s Brand Manager. “Foodies got to interact with their most favorite culinary stars across 100 free activities and 30 Masterclass and Chef’s Table sessions,”

“We hope that everybody who celebrated JCF 2018 with us is inspired to explore the wonderful culinary world even further. See you at JCF 2019,” Sarah continued.

World's Craziest Touring Party Elrow to Debut in Bali on 25 August by irvan wahyudi

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After a successful Indonesia debut at last year’s Djakarta Warehouse Project, globally-acclaimed party touring concept Elrow is returning to Indonesia for their latest Elrow Sambodromo do Brasil tour on Saturday, 25 August 2018 at Ismaya Group’s brand new Manarai Beach House in Nusa Dua, Bali.

Part of Manarai Beach House’s series of soft opening events, the event entitled “Elrow Sambodromo do Brasil” is set to be a truly unique dance music spectacle with their grande Brazilian theme concept and production that have visited numerous countries around the world including China, Italy, and Paraguay last week alone.

The magnificent concept will find spectators in a jungle-like atmosphere surrounded by Elrow’s  signature colorful decorations with dancers and performers joining the audience on the dance floor as DJs lead the crowd from stage adorned with confetti rains galore.

“The Elrow Sambodromo do Brasil experience will be an immersive experience for the audience. It will be a celebration of everything Brazilian including samba and butacada,” said Sarah Deshita, Assistant Brand Manager of Ismaya Live. “Elrow’s globally-acclaimed eccentric dance music experience is something you have to experience yourself,”

Elrow Sambodoromo do Brasil event will mark Elrow’s first ever Bali event that will feature an eclectic lineup of performers including Chelina Manuhutu, Marc Maya, Rafa Barrios, Tini Gessler, and Candice Halliday.

Tickets to Elrow Sambodromo do Brasil are available for purchase at IDR 660,000 per ticket for the GA - Early Bird category at www.ismaya.com/tickets.