There are too many shopping malls in Jakarta. It’s not like the people need them, it’s just the way to get the most tax, rather than keeping an open space. Jakartans are hungry for different kinds of entertainment, activities that do not need to be done indoor and could still be enjoyed by everybody, young and old.
That’s why two sisters, Teges and Kleting, had an idea to throw a concert in their estate, Tanah Tingal. Tanah Tingal is located in Jombang, Ciputat. The 10 hectare land is functioned as city wood that includes a reservoir, a kindergarten, a primary school, and family home. Kleting told me that her family estate is often rented for weddings and company outings. Which made her and her sister thought, why didn’t they make an event open for public? They have enough space to begin with.
Luckily, the sisters are friends with one of Indonesia’s most celebrated indie bands, White Shoes and The Couples Company. The band immediately took liking to the sisters’ idea and almost instantly, contacted their friends and acquaintances about going to do a performance in Tanah Tingal. Within a week, Kleting and Teges got at least twenty friends willing to open food and drink stands for the event. They also announced via social media and White Shoes’ official website about the date and the tickets. Since this event was their first trial, the sisters only opened the venue for 400 visitors. The tickets were sold out within days.
Whatever you do, have White Shoes’ live music as your background
Apsari, lead singer of White Shoes told me, her band was looking for a way to get intimate with their fans. Things had been quite tricky, especially many of the fans now have their own families. “The concert here [in Tanah Tingal] is perfect. We also put a fairy tale corner, where children could enjoy reading and listening to stories,” she said.
So there it was, on a balmy Sunday afternoon, White Shoes and The Couples Company’s cheery sixties melodies drifting through the leaves. Almost everybody, adults and children, danced. It felt almost like a child-friendly Woodstock (I do not want to say Kid-Chella, as Kanye West might sue me and accuse me of stealing his daughter’s birthday party’s theme).
Aside from White Shoes, there were also performances by the band’s own guitarist, Ricky Virgana with his own brood; 12 year old Sisilia on the cello and eight year old Sachi singing Morissey’s “Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want” in perfection. Another performances was by Hightime Rebellion, a fairly new alternative band, which I recommend you to search them on Youtube.
The concert went for about four hours. With 30 minutes breaks every hour. During that time, the audience could hang out with the band members. Everybody agreed that there should be more activities like this in Jakarta. It’s a city of 24 million people with minimun open space. Jakarta is trying too had to modernize itself, but forgetting the most essential thing about becoming a modern city; convenience. Convenient lives that means ease of access for everybody, whether it’s transportations, educations, and recreations such as this.
Until that Jakarta arrives, let’s us enjoy this rarity. Good afternoon, everybody.