No-Niche Fridays: The Base jump off Hamra Tower
Published on March 8th, 2013 | by Nabeel
Pretty much every godforsaken blog and instagram account is probably going to be covering this event in detail but at Kuwait Music, we’d like to put our own spin on this event.
First – here are some pictures for your viewing pleasure!
That little dot you see there is Chris MgDougall, nanoseconds after he jumped off the Hamra Tower. Chris, from the I’ve heard, holds the World Record of Maximum Base Jumps.
Here’s a high contrast one of him just a short while after. Yep – he’s free falling alright (cue for some Tom Petty right here!)
And there he is a little bigger!
I thought the jumps were fantastic and it’s true what they say - this was a one-of-a-kind event in Kuwait. Absolutely thrilling.
However because I am equal parts enthusiast and whiny bitch I’d like to get down to the not-so-greats of this event. I mean most of us had to wait for AGES before the whole thing started – which wouldn’t have been that bad – except for the fairly annoying MCs at this event. If you’re going to ask ‘KUWAIT ARE YOU READY’ over and over again, an entire hour before the show even starts, people are bound to get a little tired of answering and more than a little sceptical after a while.
Oh and what should be your FIRST order of business as MCs – if you want to pull off any legitimacy on your part, GET THE FRIGGIN GUY’S NAME RIGHT!
It’s not Chris McDugal, Chris Mcdagal or anything of the sort. I mean holy cow, the dude representing Hamra Mall who spoke completely in Arabic managed to get it right. Why don’t MCs in Kuwait stop working on their fake american accents and just learn to get the names of the people they are presenting, right. It’s not rocket science – don’t just show up at events, get on the mic and collect your paycheck at the end! It’s embarrassing on an international scale. Same thing goes for idiots who play Borat’s version of the Kazhakistan National Anthem instead of the actual one. But I digress…
OK one more rant and that’s it for today. I sorta enjoyed the music. I liked what DJ Viper put down and thought it suited the event really well. But I’d like to pose a question. When the average struggling musician in Kuwait finds it hard to get venues for rock, metal, acoustic numbers, ballads etc. because the culture views some genres of music as sinful and leading youth down the wrong path, what the hell sort of hypocrisy is it when Kuwait lets approved events like these play songs with lyrics such as ‘Come on rude boi boi, is you big enough’, ‘I like big butts’ and all the detailed vulgarity in that song - amongst others?
Again – I liked the music, I liked the DJ, I liked the fact that this crazy mofo jumped off a building twice. But Kuwait for the love of monkeys - your supposed standards shouldn’t get thrown out of the window every time fame, exposure, international acclaim, and KD bills are involved. Some of us just want the right to pull out a guitar on the beach without a bunch of bumfluffs harassing us… and others just want you to take the time to learn our names!
That is all!