The 4th edition of the Joy Bangla Concert, jointly organised by youth organization Young Bangla and the Center for Research and Information (CRI), began on Wednesday, March 7, as in previous years. The gates of the event’s venue, Banani Army Stadium, opened at 1.30pm and the show started at 3.30pm.
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Powersurge performs at the Joy Bangla Concert 2018, at Banani Army Stadium on Wednesday; March 7, 2018 Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune
The concert opened with a rendition of the famous patriotic song “Purbo Digonte Surjo Utheche” performed by a group of talented youngsters. After their performance, the main event started with a rendition of another famous patriotic song, “Maa Go Bhabna Keno,” by thrash metal band Powersurge.
This was the first time the band performed at the Joy Bangla Concert. They also performed their own tracks "Auprostut Juddho," "Agnisnan" and “Mitther Agrason.” Furthermore, they covered James’ famous tracks "Sultana Bibiana” and “Beder Meye Josna."
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More than 32,000 people were in the audience at the Joy Bangla Concert this year Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune
After Powersurge’s performance, alternative rock band Arbovirus took to the stage. They put on their own rendition of “Amra Korbo Joy” and performed their original tracks “Jalo Agun Jalo,” “Shohor,” “Hariye Jao” and “Omanush.”
Subsequently, a promo on "Mujib," the graphic novel based on the life of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, was shown and then Shunno began their performance.
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Alternative rock band Arbovirus on stage at the Joy Bangla Concert 2018 Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune
Shunno performed their tracks including “Cholo Aj Firey Jai Godhulir Opaare” and “Shoto Asha” along with renditions of “Joy Bangla Banglar Joy,” “Sonadia Bandhaiyasi Ghor” and “Shono Jonogon.”
After Shunno left the stage, a video clip from the UNESCO chief declaring the 7 March speech by Bangabandhu as part of their world’s documentary heritage was shown to the audience.
Next, popular band Nemesis performed their rendition of "Rokto diye naam Likhechhi/ Bangladesh er naam" as well as their original tracks including “Bir,” “Kobe” and “Ghuri,” before an animated short on how the historical March 7 speech came into being was played along with the full video of the speech.
Later, heavy metal band Cryptic Fate, folk band Lalon, Chirkutt and progressive rock band Artcell mesmerized the crowd with their dazzling performances.