Writing about concerts for Malay Mail – Avril Lavigne, Il Divo & Bryan McKnight

I’m not a huge fan of concerts and raves and I usually ignore invites to such events. These invites are largely due to the fact that I am a blogger and the PRs/organisers who bestow the invite would expect a post event write-up.

It’s not that I can’t write a concert review, but I felt that not many readers are actually interested in such content, and most bloggers take the easy way out by just posting 20 photographs of themselves and their friends parting the night away.
To me that’s not a story worth writing.

But when I started my freelance gig with Malay Mail I realised soon enough that my dear Editor would send me to all sort of events and assignments. There are concerts, there are phone interviews, face-to-face interviews with celebrities and there are prestigious events like the Laureus World Sports Awards 2014.
Good lord, I do feel like a true journalist then.  🙂

My first concert assignment was Avril Lavigne. I didn’t really enjoy it as she was quite underwhelming considering her reputation.

I told my editor about my thoughts and she actually said that that’s ok, do write what you think. And thus my not-so-favourable review of Avril in KL.

MMAIL_20140320_026 (1) Avril Lavigne

LINK –> http://manage.mmail.com.my/story/more-expected-kitty-cute-avril-75530

Next was II Divo. Oh my god, this was an assignment to Genting to watch a group of singing grown men. The genre isn’t pop, there’s no dancing and from the little that I know, II Divo is a group of yowling men in high pitched voices.
I almost dreaded the trip going up but the show turned out to be one of the best performance I’ve watched in my 3 decades of life.

MMail_20140319-il Divo

You can read about it here –> LINK –> http://manage.mmail.com.my/story/cloud-bliss-il-divo-75453

The last concert that I attended was Bryan McKnight.

MMail_20140519-Brian McKnight

We didn’t manage to take a screenshot of the story so do read this link for the full article.
Full story: http://manage.mmail.com.my/story/mcknight-makes-it-memorable-night-79552

I’m actually looking forward to more of such “serious” artists performing in “proper” concerts. Concerts/performances where I’ll be enjoying the lyrics of the songs by truly talented performers.
Thanks again to my editor for such opportunities! 🙂

Category : Glamour