KATHMANDU: From Bob Dylan to The Beatles to The Rolling Stones, some of the best musicians have hosted their concerts at the Wembely Arena and being there and performing is a dream come true for all artistes.
But it is no more a dream for Nepali folk-rock band Nepathya as the band performed before a crowd of 8,000 at the Wembley Arena on August 3, as per a press release issued by Nepalaya, the company that manages Nepathya.
What more would a band expect than a soldout show which turns out to be its largest indoor show? In the venue with a capacity of 12,500, “I am glad that we had a soldout show with 8,000 people turning up”, the statement quotes Kiran Krishna Shrestha of Nepalaya, who led the team to London, as saying. And this has been registered as the largest indoor show for Nepathya.
It was the very first time that a Nepali band was making its way to Wembley and the box office success was overwhelming.
In the two-and-half hour long show, the band’s frontman Amrit Gurung sang 20 songs back-to-back, as per the statement where numbers ranging from the band’s initial hits like Chhekyo Chhekyo, Euta Chitthi, Himal Chuhuree , Resham, Talko Pani to its recent hits like Jogale Hunchha Bheta and Salaijo found their way to the playlist. Social numbers like Mero Desh, Nepathya’s editions of Gaun Gaun and Rato Ra Chandra were also played.
Nonetheless, it was a moment worth remembering where the audience sang along with the band, which Gurung describes as a “beautiful moment”.
After the performance, the artistes have been receiving “positive response from all around the globe” through social media like Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. “From what I have been reading on social media posts, people are happy and proud of the show we performed. I am glad my band got the opportunity to be the catalyst to this happiness and pride,” Gurung was quoted as saying.
The band will return to Nepal on August 7 after enjoying a three-day holiday in the UK.