It was raining Sid Sriram in KL last weekend… literally. The lead up to the much-hyped Sid Sriram Heart & Soul 2.0 Live In KL 2022 concert was wet and gloomy, with concert goers braving the weather to make their way to the event venue, Axiata Arena as early as 3pm. Their efforts however was not in vain, because Sid Sriram and Woodmark Events delivered what they promised and the 9000 fans in attendance were treated to a spectacular arena that vibed the night away to 3 hours of non-stop pure love and music.
Woodmark Events once again proved that Malaysia has some exceptional event organizers and deserve special praise for delivering on all their promises in the lead up to the show! You guys deserve a standing ovation for the surreal night which was a visual treat to all eyes and ears in attendance.
The Opening Act
What a great way to hype ourselves up before the LEGEND made his appearance!
The opening act on Day 1 to warm the crowd up was performed by DJ Jay and he was at his best throughout the two hours DJ session. From playing his finest DJ set of home-grown Tamil songs to Kollywood tracks, this man lit the whole stadium on FIRE!
Thanks for the Yaakai Thirri, DJ Jay. We grooved along with all the catchy beats!
Next we had Mighty Mastermind on – Day 2!
The warm up session on Day 2 was just as amazing with beats from Yogi B Natchatra to Padayappa Trap BGM, the heat was turned up and the dance floor set on fire with your amazing playlist.
The MAN with a Golden Voice
Deafening screams erupted around the stadium as the ultimate multi-hyphenate; singer/songwriter/ composer, Sid Sriram emerged on the stage along with his band to kick-start the night on the right note by singing a beautiful chant of the Ganpati Mantra, Vakratunda Mahakaya to invoke blessings from Lord Ganesha.
Melting the audience’s heart with his divine voice, the singer-musician then set the stage on fire with Adiyey, the song that launched his voice into the stratosphere, and continued one song after another with his electrifying performance of his other hit tracks.
Sid’s music creates a bold cross-section where Pop/Soul, his Indian Classical roots and alternative/ambient music clash vibrantly, and this was particularly evident in his superb selection of songs to perform through the night.
One splendid song after another, Sid and his talented band members turned the stadium into a frenzied dance floor. The audience, constantly on the edge of their seats, was ever-ready to jump out of their seats and break into a jig every time Sid took his MIC and jumped on stage. His stage presence was as always, larger than life.
“Malaysia is one of my favorite countries in the world. You guys are just amazing and each time I feel that I’m blessed to be here,” he said mid-way through the show.
Classical-based songs such as Kannathil Muthamittal, Pudhu Vellai Mazhai, and Vennilave Vennilave were the most surreal feelings that the concertgoers had this year. His rich foundation in South Indian Classical (Carnatic) music induces magic into each song he sang.
Mixed energetic and Power-Packed Performance from the Band
There’s something to be said about the band that goes above and beyond and delivered a power-packed performance for the 3-hour concert. And, the musicians/band members need a special mention for providing the amazing backdrop for Sid to shine!
Tapass Naresh (Drummer), Ramkumar (Electronics Drum/Percussions), Leon James (Keyboardist), Harshit Misra (Bassist), Sanjeev (Guitarist), and HN Bhaskar (Violinists) made the audience scream at the top of their lungs while everyone on the stage were also strummed away.
Constantly on the move with their respective instruments, they set the tone for the entire concert performance with epically energetic, feel-it-vibrate-deep-within-your-bones kind of bass drums, laying the foundational framework for a concert done right. They have a force in their playing, where their guitars are howling and booming, the synths produce an eerie ambient sound, and the drums are flogged mercilessly.
Crazy Full House Crowd
What came as an ultimate shock to us and Sid was when the concert tickets sold off like hot cakes in just 90 minutes for Day 1 and 8 minutes for Day 2.
The success of the ticket sales blew our minds as we’ve never come across this madness in a very long time. The stadium was jammed-packed after 20,000 die-hard fans thronged the Sid’s Heart and Soul 2.0 concert. The pictures speak a thousand word.
Watching the crowd, Sid made a special vow to his fans:
‘I promise you from the bottom of my heart, I’m going to give you guys a night to remember’! – Sid Sriram
And yes, he touched our hearts and tears were unequivocally shed. From swaying us under the rhythms to lighting us up as rockets poised to lift off from the ground.
Tears of Joy Amid the Sea of Flashlights
As Sid sang yet another soulful song aptly titled Kanne Kalaimane, the whole stadium roared with many cheers as he created an atmosphere that allowed the audience to feel his music through a spectrum of emotions.
While watching those flashlights, Sid was seen bawling his eyes out and thanking his fans for all the love and support showered upon him. A moving moment indeed.
“KL these last 2 nights have really been so so so beautiful, powerful and filled with love. True and pure love. Y’all packed out the stadium 2 nights in a row. 10k people each night. And we sang, danced, jumped, and felt through so many emotions together. Legendary!”
Malaysia, these last two nights were beautiful, powerful and filled with true, pure love. Y’all packed out that stadium two nights in a row, 10k ppl each night. we sang, jumped, danced and felt thru so many emotions TOGETHER. Legendary. All love, no hate forever pic.twitter.com/e0oebiG0kq
— Sid Sriram (@sidsriram) August 22, 2022
Woodmark Events – Have Set the Bar Higher!
Team Woodmark Events, please take a bow for organising such a mind-blowing concert after these 2 years of hiatus. Indeed a musical treat to all Sid’s fans who have waited with anticipation for the day with bated breath, participated in the giveaway contests, arrived at the venue early and stood in long queues. But, all the tiredness was forgotten; all that they craved for was that one MAN on stage with a microphone in hand.
Two-day SOLD OUT concert for a reason!
At 10 pm, while referring to the musicians as his “brothers” on stage, Sid also thanked the audience for the wild, standing response to the concert of the year.
Freeze that silent moment..Fans were left flustered and weren’t ready to say goodbye.
The whole stadium started chanting, “WE WANT MORE SID,” but nobody actually expected the MAN to make an appearance once again with his band.
“Do you want more music?,” was engulfed by loud cheers and claps after his voice was heard from the behind stage.
The unbelievable scintillating moment as Sid made his appearance again with his band. The entire stadium was cheering when Sid sang the last two songs namely: Vennilave Vennilave and Yennai Matrum Kadhale!
From jumping and screaming around the stage for three hours, Sid and the band’s energy never seemed to wane throughout the three hour concert. Like, how is that even possible? The vibe and energy on show was surreal!
This concert is summed up in one word: PERFECTION!
On the whole – Sid Sriram Heart & Soul 2.0 Live In KL 2022 was a well-executed show and the organizers deserve a pat on the back for making it an unforgettable lifetime experience!
If you share your love with everyone, you’ll overcome anything in life – With that, I’m signing off, All love, no hate forever! – Sid Sriram