Ahmad Albar of God Bless sings the band's classic rock hit 'Kehidupan' at the '90s Festival in Jakarta on Saturday. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

God Bless MMMBop and the Game Boy: the '90s Festival Mines Rush for Nostalgia

BY :YUDHA BASKORO

NOVEMBER 24, 2019

The '90s revival sees no sign of weakening as the latest edition of the '90s Festival continued to attract a large crowd, mostly middle-aged Jakartans, to the Gambir Expo in Kemayoran, North Jakarta, on Saturday.  

At the festival's community market, they gobbled up classic '90s memorabilia such as Tamiya Mini 4WD racing kits, Gundam toy robots, classic Nokia cellphones, analog cameras (came with expired but perfectly usable film rolls), VHS or Betamax video cassettes and Nintendo and Sega video game consoles. Are you a Super Mario or a Sonic the Hedgehog fan?

The festival also featured bands that used to be regulars on the Indonesian MTV Ampuh playlist: from locals Godbless, Potret, Wong, Element, Jamrud, Naif and Kla Project to international '90s sensations Aqua and Hanson.

Gameboy and some Nintendo games are sold at community market in 90s Festival. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Nintendo Game Boy consoles and Super Nintendo game cartridges were popular items at the festival's community market. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Cosplayer wears a costum of Lord Zedd, a major villain from the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers 90s series. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A cosplayer as Lord Zedd, a major villain in Saban's Mighty Morphin Power Rangers series. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A visitor tries to use the old Ericsson mobile phone at 90s Festival in Kemayoran, North Jakarta on Saturday (23/11). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
An old Ericsson flip phone. It only has enough space for one line of text on its tiny screen, and it still works. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A family enjoy Bagaikan Langit a song from Potret, Indonesias band which was spearheaded by Melly Goeslaw, Anto Hoed and Wong Aksan. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A girl looks on as her parents sang along to 'Bagaikan Langit,' a classic hit by '90s duo Potret. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Isaac, Zac and Taylor from Hanson sing Penny and Me at the 90s Festival 2019 in Gambir Expo, Kemayoran, North Jakarta on Saturday (23/11). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Isaac, Zac and Taylor from Hanson sing 'Penny and Me.' (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Rene Dif and Lene Nystrom of Danish-Norwegian Europop music group, Aqua sing the band hits Barbie Girl at the 90s Festival 2019. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
René Dif and Lene Nystrøm of Danish-Norwegian Europop duo Aqua sing the band's biggest hit, 'Barbie Girl.' (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Isaac Hanson in action during 90s Festival 2019 at Gambir Expo, Kemayoran, North Jakarta on Saturday (23/11). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Isaac Hanson in action. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A couple hug when Melly Goeslaw of Potret sings Bunda, a heart warming song dedicated to a mother. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A tender moment for this couple as they listen to Potret's performance of the tearjerker ballad 'Bunda.' (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Taylor Hanson sings the bands best known 1997 hit song 'MMMBop' at 90s Festival 2019 in Gambir Expo, Kemayoran, North Jakarta on Saturday (23/11). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Taylor Hanson sings the band's most famous hit from 1997, 'MMMBop.' (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

 

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