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Sunset Music Fest comes back for its tenth year this June

25th May, 2016

By PAUL MU

KOTA KINABALU: The Sunset Music Fest at the tip of Borneo is back for the tenth edition on June 4. It will be a one-day only performance unlike in the previous years when it was held over two days, said Sabah Tourism Board (STB) Chairman Datuk Joniston Bangkuai.

“Since the show is held during the school term holiday, we hope parents will take advantage to bring their children to watch the fest,” Joniston told a press conference at STB office, yesterday.

According to him, the venue has a seating capacity of 800 people and so far some 200 tickets have been sold. “We expect some 600 people to turn up this year based on our analysis during the previous years on average we have recorded 700 people over two days,” he said.

Aside from enjoying the fest, he said Kudat also have many tourism attractions that the concert goers can explore such as Kampung Sumangkap-Gong Factory, Kampung Gombizan-Honey Bee Farm, Rungus Longhouse, Tamu Kudat and Tinangol Beads Centre.

Sri Pelancongan Sabah Sdn Bhd general manager, Sitti Bahaya Damsal assured that there will be sufficient hotel rooms available to accommodate the visitors to Kudat during the festival.

“This year we have compromised with the district office where they agreed to hold the Kudat Fest after the fasting month.

“Before this, both the sunset music fest and Kudat Fest were simultaneously, thus causing problem for visitors to find accommodation,” she said.

The sunset music fest started as a public performance to promote the local talents and only in 2011, the sales of tickets started, she said.

In conjunction with the sunset music fest, MASwings is offering up to 70 per cent discount on flights to Kota Kinabalu (travel period between May 27 to June 12, 2016).

A chance to win air tickets to Sandakan, Mulu and Tawau are up for grabs during the lucky draw, sponsored by MASwings.

This year the attendees will be entertained by award-winning Esther Applunis and The Deep Buskers; D’ Franciscan UKE Onsoi, a group of students from SMK St Francis Xavier in Keningau and Matlankidz & Brothers.

Taking centre stage are Akademi Fantasia (Malaysia’s hit reality talent programme) alums Marsha Milan from Tamparuli, Farhan Azizan and Dafi.

The open air concert overlooking the meeting point between South China Sea and Sulu Sea will start from 5pm to 9pm.

Ticket is priced at RM50 and return transportation is available at RM20 per pax, departing from STB office at Gaya Street at 2pm. Closing date for the transport reservations is June 1.

Also present were Assistant Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Kamarlin Ombi, STB General Manager Gordon Yapp and MASwings Chief Commercial Officer Shauqi Ahmad.

   
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