Dengue Fever’s gig at FCC Angkor on Saturday night notched up an attendance record at FCC Angkor, with an even bigger audience than anticipated of more than 550 punters.
The band played for an hour and a half in the FCC garden and churned out musical favourites, including Tiger Phone Card and a cover of the hugely popular 1970s Ros Sereysothea hit, Chnam Oun Dop-Pram Mouy (I’m Sixteen).
The concert culminated with audience members being invited to join the band on stage, followed by a much-cheered-for encore, after which singer Chhom Nimol thanked the crowd in both English and Khmer.
Members of the band including bassist Senon Williams, guitarist Zac Holtzman and saxophonist David Ralicke continued the festivities into the night, crooning out a few tunes at Warehouse’s karaoke night.
It seems group members enjoyed the evening as much as the audience, and particularly enjoyed being back in Temple Town.
Tour manager Dickon Verey said the band was thrilled to play in Siem Reap again and thoroughly enjoyed the show and energy of the audience. He added, “They were very happy to see such a big and enthusiastic crowd and get such a fantastic reception from them.
“The show definitely solidified the band's view that Siem Reap will be a permanent fixture on any future tours of Cambodia.”
FCC Angkor general manager Douglas Moe was also delighted with the evening, and hopes to host more gigs at the hotel.
“We would love to organise more gigs in the future to entertain people in Siem Reap,” he said. “Knowing that Siem Reap is very limited in terms of entertainment and social community events and of course, we’d like to welcome people again.
“The band was very happy with the venue and the amount of people turning up to support them. It seemed like the whole of Siem Reap was at FCC that evening. We officially sold 550 tickets plus issued some complimentary tickets.”