26 MAY 2012, HANOI: International modern-rock band, Simple Plan took center stage and performed to over 40,000 screaming fans at the MTV EXIT Live in Hanoi concert today at Hanoi’s My Dinh Stadium. It was the band’s first-ever performance in Vietnam and ignited the concert with hit singles such as Summer Paradise, Welcome to My Life, Perfect, including the first song ever written from hundreds of messages collected from fans via Twitter, This Song Saved My Life. The band also took the stage by storm with a surprise duet performance of the hit single Jetlag with Vietnam’s leading pop star, Mỹ Tâm.
All eyes were on Korean pop group, Brown Eyed Girls who performed to some of the fans’ favorite tunes, such as Six Sense, Hot Shot, Uncomfortable Truth, and Abracadabra. It was their first performance at MTV EXIT’s free concert and shared inspiring messages of what they have learnt about the issue and encouraged Vietnamese fans to join them in spreading anti-trafficking messages to all their communities across the country.
Australian vocal sensation, Kate Miller-Heidke, who previously performed at MTV EXIT’s 2010 concert in Hanoi delivered a spectacular performance to fans, such as Tiger, Caught In The Crowd, and Toxic. A special duet-performance of the song, When The Ship Comes In with Mr. Michael Wilson, AusAid’s Minister-Counsellor, Mekong and Regional, inspired fans with a meaningful message that everyone has a part to play to combat this critical social issue together.
Also, MTV EXIT’s new Celebrity Ambassador to Vietnam, Mỹ Tâm, encouraged fans to spread the awareness on human trafficking and be involved in the global movement to end modern-day slavery on www.mtvexit.org and www.walkfree.org. Mỹ Tâm is also the host for the new half-hour Vietnamese language documentary film, Enslaved: An MTV EXIT Special that showcases a real and rare glimpse into human trafficking and exploitation. The new documentary will premiere on 2 June 2012 on Vietnam Television (VTV1) at 9:30 PM and on MTV Vietnam channel at 11 PM.
“After our successful 2010 tour in Vietnam, we are thrilled to be back in Vietnam to bring together fantastic international and local artists to continue our campaign against human trafficking,” said Matt Love, MTV EXIT Campaign Director. “Music is really an incredible force for change and tonight, over 40,000 Vietnamese fans made their stand today in solidarity to make a statement on this global fight to end modern-day slavery!”
Ta Thuy Minh, Walk Free Ambassador for the global movement to end modern-day slavery shared an inspiring message, “I first got involved in the fight to end modern slavery when I took a job as a translator for an MTV EXIT documentary in 2007. At that time, I thought that slavery was something that happened long ago and far away. But through interviewing over 50 survivors from Vietnam, I learned just how close to home the problem really is and that I wanted to do something about. That’s why I’ve joined Walk Free. With Walk Free, I’m working to raise awareness of modern slavery in Vietnam and engage other supporters in taking meaningful action to end modern slavery in all its forms. I hope everyone will join me today.”
MTV EXIT Live in Hanoi concert special will premiere on Vietnam Television on MTV Vietnam channel on 24 June. Full broadcast details to be announced.
MTV EXIT is supported by the following partners: VTV, MTV Vietnam, An Thuan Media, TQPR Vietnam, NCT, Sinh Vien Vietnam, Hoa Hoc Tro, Xone FM, BOO Citi, and Crowne Plaza West Hanoi.
MTV EXIT is produced in partnership with the Government of Vietnam including the full support of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MOCST), Ministry of Public Security, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Australian Government’s Agency for International Development (AusAID), the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and WALK FREE, the global movement to end modern slavery.