Setting the stage stable

Himal Kotelawala looks back at the highlights of Rockapalooza, Pix by TIa Goonaratner

“I got a feeling… that tonight’s gonna be a good night… That tonight’s gonna be a good, good night…”
Sounds familiar? I bet.

Not the kind of thing you expect to hear at a rock gig, though, is it? A punk/grunge-ish version of the Black Eyed Peas’ hit single I Got a Feeling, performed by the young and fresh Point Blank, was just one of the many pleasant surprises that the recently held 'Rockapalooza' concert had to offer.

Scheduled to be held once every two months, this year’s Rockapalooza series of concerts opened with a bang that saw seven bands setting the stage on fire – including Magic Vinyl, the event’s chief organiser Anil Balasuriya’s magically diverse outfit whose drummer and lead guitarist happen to be members of the fairer sex.

Some of the other big names were Gravity, Stopwatch Theory, Radio Factory, Nuke the System and Helter Skelter – all of whom churned out some great covers and originals that really had the Clancy’s audience up on their feet.

Point Blank’s take on "I Got a Feeling" had the whole crowd buzzing, long after they had gone off stage. We caught up with the band’s frontman Nathan Imboden and lead guitarist Fahami Halaldeen and got them to spill the beans on how they came up with their fantastic idea.

“We were, basically, just musing. We wanted to do something really different. We were like, ‘what’s mainstream? What’s contemporary? What would people love if we played a different version of it?’ And then we thought, hey, Black Eyed Peas I Got a Feeling is a big hit. Everyone loves it. So, we just picked up the guitars… tried it out… and just like that, it just clicked. It was perfect,” said Nathan.

Commenting on Rockapalooza, Fahimi said it was a great way to help out new and upcoming bands.
“This is the third consecutive time we’ve played for 'Rockapalooza'. Upcoming bands can come and perform and showcase their talent,” he said. Anil has big plans for Rockapalooza productions. He told us that his company plans to open a record label soon.

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