Concert: John Legend at Potato Head Beach Club Bali

LOVE LEGEND. Appearing on stage with a grand piano, soul crooner John Legend hypnotized the audience at Bali’s most fascinating beach club

For those who don’t know John Legend, you guys are missing out one of the best voices on Earth. For those who know John Legend and didn’t come to the concert, well, you’re missing out the most romantic versions of his songs ever played live. On the eve of his upcoming album “Love in the Future,” Legend’s timely coming to Bali couldn’t pick a better season. To swoon the archipelago, so to speak, and the Australian tourists (mostly) is quite a chore, but not for this suave gentleman.


We had to admit though that at first upon hearing the venue, we’re a bit hesitant as what the concert would be like. Summer is a busy season for Potato Head Beach Club, which annually throws massive parties featuring the likes of Fatboy Slim, Justice, etc. But a soul singer? Come on. That’s got to be something special.

And it was. The doors that evening, August 17 – which is also Indonesia’s Independence Day – were opened at 7.30pm. Couples stormed in holding hands, and singles holding beer. We have to say that it’s not like the usual crowd, who don beer-label singlet and flip-flops. This time it’s decent. So was John Legend himself.

In a nice grey suit paired with white shirt and a pair of loafers, he immediately tinkled the piano the minute the spotlights were on. “Ain’t this what you came for,” his first lyrics made an entrance. The song “Tonight” was played smooth in a ballad melody, and Legend’s irresistible charm was electric. Soon, everybody was making out!

After playing for an hour, the crooner sealed off the performance with his record-breaking single, “Ordinary People.” When it was about to end the lyrics, he repeated the phrase “Take it slow… take it slow…” Both funny and romantic, he nailed an unforgettable performance that made everybody wish that each can bring a little piece of John Legend home.

Once Legend exited the stage, Australian DJ Symphology hit the bass and raised up the beat, and party time began! Fireworks burst in the sky when the clock struck 11.30pm. Odd timing, but they lighted up the sky like the fourth of July. DJ Anton Wirjono queued up next, banging the drum and bass to the max. Last but not least, it was DJ Lbs taking the party fever to climax till 3am. That summer time was, hands down, legendary. Still in our head though playing, “Ain’t this what you came for…”