Review: MTV World Stage Malaysia 2014

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MTV World Stage Malaysia was back for its sixth installment on Aug 16, 2014 at the Surf Beach in Sunway Lagoon. The annual music festival featured a spectacular line-up of international artists, who performed for 10,000 enthusiastic fans at the venue.

Thanks to MTV Asia, we had the opportunity to attend this exciting event and catch the King of Collaborations B.o.B, Malaysian singer-songwriter Yuna, Thai-American hip-hop outfit Thaitanium and Korean boy band Boys Republic live in the flesh!

Opening the fun-filled night was Thaitanium, who got everyone on their feet and dancing with fan favourites “Bong Tong” and “Put Your Hands Up”. Also, the five sons of Siam—KHAN, WAY, DAY, BIG CALO and Tony B—performed their newest single, “Wake Up (Bangkok City)”, which features rap legend Snoop Dogg, for the very first time live at MTV World Stage Malaysia. Thaitanium definitely helped to kick off the night with a bang!

The next act to entertain the crowd was K-pop group Boys Republic, who kicked off their set with “You Are Special”. The boys mesmerised the 10,000-strong crowd with their well-choreographed dance moves. Members of the Royal Family (that's the name of their fan-base) whipped out their smartphones for the next song, “Video Game”, in hopes of having their Instagram videos featured on MTV Asia.

With their strikingly unique outfits, Boys Republic looked like they came straight out of a music video. A lucky fan became the envy of everyone when she was serenaded by the band onstage during their performance of "Dress Up" after winning their Girlfriend contest. A Boys Republic concert is not a Boys Republic concert without “Party Rock”, and that was exactly how they ended their enthralling show.

Malaysian superstar Yuna was met with a warm welcome upon her arrival onto the stage. Starting her homecoming show with “Falling”, the 28 year old singer was obviously the crowd's favourite as everyone sang along with every word she sang.

Local fans were treated to Malay songs “Lelaki”, “Dan Sebanarya” and “Terukir Di Bintang”. With her soulful voice and her ability to entice thousands of people at once, it comes as no surprise that the Southeast Asian star has gained fans from all parts of the world!

The final performer of the night was none other than the King of Collaborations—B.o.B. Jumping straight into a sixteen-song medley featuring hits like “Nothin’ On You”, “Magic” and “Both of Us”, the hip-hop star instigated thunderous cheers at the Surf Beach throughout his entire set.

Cheekily taking phones from audience members to take selfies and attempting to crowd surf, B.o.B set a whole new standard for live fan engagement that night. The biggest highlight of the show was when he dedicated the “Airplanes” to anyone who has lost anybody in light of the recent aviation tragedies. “Don’t drink and drive. Just enjoy life,” B.o.B shared with his fans that night.

MTV World Stage concluded on a high note as fans danced and sang with all their might to their favourite tunes. I had a great time at MTV World Stage Malaysia 2014 and I'm already looking forward to next year's installment of MTV World Stage Malaysia!

Recorded live for global telecast, the show premieres on-air Wednesday, Aug 20 at 6.30pm (WIB), 7.30pm (SG) and 8.30pm (MAL) and repeats on the same day at 10pm (WIB), 11pm (SG) and 12am (MAL). It premieres in the Philippines on Friday, Aug 29 at 10pm.

MTV will also be airing the following artist specials:

MTV World Stage: Yuna

  • Wednesday, Sept 3 at 6.30pm (WIB), 7.30pm (SG) and 8.30pm (MAL) and repeats on the same day at 10pm (WIB), 11pm (SG) and 12am (MAL)

MTV World Stage: Boys Republic

  • Wednesday, Sept 10 at 6.30pm (WIB), 7.30pm (SG) and 8.30pm (MAL) and repeats on the same day at 10pm (WIB), 11pm (SG) and 12am (MAL)

MTV World Stage: B.o.B

  • Wednesday, Sept 17 at 6.30pm (WIB), 7.30pm (SG) and 8.30pm (MAL) and repeats on the same day at 10pm (WIB), 11pm (SG) and 12am (MAL)

MTV World Stage: Thaitanium

  • Wednesday, Sept 24 at 6.30pm (WIB), 7.30pm (SG) and 8.30pm (MAL) and repeats on the same day at 10pm (WIB), 11pm (SG) and 12am (MAL)

Repeat telecasts of MTV World Stage Malaysia 2014 will air during the following times:

  • Friday, 22 August at 9pm (WIB), 10pm (SG) and 11pm (MAL)
  • Saturday, 23 August at 11am (WIB), 12pm (SG) and 1pm (MAL)
  • Wednesday, 27 August at 2pm (WIB), 3pm (SG) and 4pm (MAL)
  • Saturday, 30 August at 10pm (WIB), 11pm (SG) and 12am (MAL)
  • Sunday, 31 August at 2pm (WIB), 3pm (SG) and 4pm (MAL)

Photo credits: MTV Asia & Lucas LauMTV Asia & Aloysius LimMTV Asia & Kristian Dowling

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