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The month-long George Town Festival presents a city that is comfortable in its own skin

Here are the must-see acts

Published on Aug 8, 2014 3:11 PM

Picture this: disco lights are flashing and a man dressed in a blue checked shirt, with a little chest hair exposed, is belting out Stevie Wonder's evergreen hit, I Just Called To Say I Love You, accompanied by a flautist and a guitarist.

This is not a club, but a laid-back coffee shop called Asia Cafe on Jalan Kapitan Keling in George Town, Penang. On the walls are vintage enamel signs. A bird cage hangs from the ceiling.

The mood is convivial. Patrons spill out on the streets, content to drink their beer standing up.

This is Konsert Kopitiam, a series of free concerts held in coffee shops as part of the returning George Town Festival, which runs until the end of the month.

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