1 SEPTEMBER 2012, BANDUNG: Australian indie-rock band, Expatriate took center stage and performed to over 25,000 screaming fans at the MTV EXIT Live in Bandung concert today at Lapangan Gasibu. It was the band’s first-ever performance in Indonesia and ignited the concert with hit singles such as Shooting Star and Do You Remember.
Broadcasted live, nationally on Global TV from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., the concert’s massive line-up of leading Indonesian artists included The Changcuters, D’Masiv, Pas Band, Bondan Prakoso and Fade2Black, Kikan, Winner, Rosemary, Speaker First and Glory of Love. Fans were rocking out to The Changcuters who performed smash hits, Parampampam and Hap Tangkap. D’Masiv delivered a spectacular performance with songs such as Semakin, Masih Bisa, and Jangan Menyerah. Bondan Prakoso and Fade2Black moved the crowd with Kita Selamanya and Ya Sudahlah, hits from their third album, “For All”, and energized fans with their latest hit single, Tak Terkalahkan.
Distinguished speakers joined together to raise their voices against trafficking in Indonesia and across the region at this energized live event. Mr. Ahmad Heryawan, Governor of West Java, opened the festival and his wife, Ibu Hj. Netty Prasetiyani M.Si, Director of the Bandung based victim service center P2TP2A rallied the young audience to prevent trafficking in their home community. Later, in an amazing moment of solidarity, representatives of ASEAN, including U.S. Ambassador David Carden and Deputy Secretary General Hapsoro Bagas, came on stage with a group of youths and led the crowd in a chant against human trafficking. Bapak Agung Laksono, Minister of the Ministry of People’s Welfare of the Republic of Indonesia and representative of the National Task Force to Prevent and Address the Criminal Act of Trafficking in Persons inspired audiences in Bandung and across the country as did U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia Scot Marciel and Australian Minister Counselor Stephen Scott. Top artists encouraged Indonesian fans to join them in spreading anti-trafficking messages to communities across the country. Concert hosts, Millane Fernandez and Daniel Mananta stressed the importance of coming together to take positive action and fight against human trafficking and exploitation.
Also at the concert, as part of MTV EXIT’s National Youth Sessions, youth leaders engaged concertgoers on the issue of human trafficking, getting them to take actions to ‘Join the Fight’. Youth leaders encouraged concertgoers to join them on Action Day on 2 September outside “Gossip” store in Dago (Hj. Juanda Street), for Car Free Day. Action Day will be filled with awareness-raising activities on human trafficking and exploitation, along with a presentation of the pledge number reached on the Action Site ‘act.mtvexit.org’. In partnership with Save the Children and Bahtera, school outreach activities will take place from 3 to 4 September 2012.
“After our successful 2010 tour in Indonesia, we are thrilled to be back in Indonesia to bring together fantastic international and local artists to continue our campaign against human trafficking,” said Matt Love, MTV EXIT Campaign Director. “Music is a powerful force for change, and tonight, over 25,000 Indonesian fans made their stand today in solidarity to make a statement on this global fight to end modern-day slavery!”
The MTV EXIT Indonesia Campaign is produced in partnership with the Government of Indonesia (The National Task Force to Prevent and Address the Criminal Act of Trafficking in Persons), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Australian Government’s Agency for International Development (AusAID), Walk Free: the movement to end modern slavery (WF), the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), with support from Global TV, ThinkWeb, Talk Link, and Novotel Bandung.