She said that she was feeling like Buddy Holly or Elvis Presley while she was performing on the stage. “This festival is like a rebirth of rock and roll in the country,” she added.
Qais Shahghcy, the band guitarist was so happy to see the enthusiasm of the audience. He was quoted by AFP as saying: "I had never seen such a crowd, that craziness. Look everywhere: it's the new Afghanistan. I'm so happy that I think I'm dreaming."
One of the performers, however said that it was very risky to perform in Afghanistan, as they had to face lot of problems. He alleged that he was even arrested once for 'not being a Muslim'.
Australian photojournalist and rock guitarist Travis Beard, founder of the Australian Sound Central music festival and its latest incarnation in Afghanistan said, "Afghans are really thirsty for music. The foreigners, who have more access to music, are more nonchalant about it." He added that this festival was an opportunity for the Afghan music lovers to get exposed to the music beyond the Bollywood and the pop.
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