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Thousands attend concert at Kaohsiung disaster site

Thousands attend concert at Kaohsiung disaster site

Kaohsiung, Jan. 1 (CNA) Tens of thousands of people flocked to a free concert that was held Thursday in the southern city of Kaohsiung at the site of a series of deadly gas explosions that occurred last July. The concert featured the bands Mayday, Cosmos People, Mixer and Magic Power, and pop singers Jia Jia, Ann Bai, Yen-j, Luantan Ascent, Tiger Huang and Della. The massive crowd was moved to tears when the pop-rock group Mayday took to the stage with emotional hit songs like "Embrace," "Peter And Mary," and "I Don't Want You To Be Lonely." "I love Kaohsiung!" shouted Ashin, the lead singer of Mayday. He said his heart was filled with warmth when he saw that the roads had been rebuilt and everyone had returned to the area. The band's guitarist Monster expressed similar feelings. "My heart is filled with thankfulness standing here today," Monster said. "Thank you, everyone, for gathering into a strong force. Let's head into 2015 with this strength." All of the singers performed at the concert free of charge. The organizers estimated that 100,000 people attend the event, many of them filling the streets and some watching from rooftop balconies. The concert ended with all of the performers singing Mayday's "Stubborn," while the crowd swayed to the music and held their lighted cell phones aloft. Jointly organized by the city government, B'in Music Co. and a self-help group comprising families of the disaster victims, the free four-hour outdoor concert was held at the intersection of Ersheng and Kaisyuan 3rd roads. The area was hit by series of gas explosions around midnight on July 31 last year, which left 32 people dead and 321 injured. The four major roads that were ripped open -- Yisin, Ersheng, Sanduo and Kaisyuan -- and various nearby alleys have been rebuilt and were reopened to traffic in late November last year. (By Wang Ching-yi and Christie Chen)


Updated : 2021-09-21 10:17 GMT+08:00