Jakarta rock fans, rejoice!
You have been starved of major international rock acts in recent acts due to overzealous travel warnings and low album sales (a consequence of rampant piracy).
But now there's a 3-day festival to enjoy, the Gudang Garam InterMusic Java Rockin' Land 2010, Carnaval Beach in Ancol, North Jakarta, 8-10 October.
Headline acts include:
You can see the full line-up here, which includes local acts Slank, Renny Djayusman and Merah Putih Band, Oppie Andaresta & BOP, Mobilderek, and the Brandals.
This author is particularly interested to see The Smashing Pumpkins. Back in their 1990s heyday, the Pumpkins had the biggest-selling rock double-album of all time, eclipsing even Pink Floyd’s “The Wall”.
Unfortunately, their subsequent dabblings in drugs, line-up changes, electronic music, battles with music labels and band management, more line-up changes, side projects, and still more line-up changes have resulted in them falling off the radar in recent years.
Earlier this week, Wolfmother frontman Andrew Stockdale (right) said he didn't want:
the tobacco industry's money to line (his) pockets
Only to feel differently the next day:
This one is for the fans in Indonesia who have parted with their very own cold hard cash to see Wolfmother. We realise their (sic) are sponsors and we neither support or condemn the sponsors affiliated with the festival.
Wolfmother would have joined a select group of conscientious foreign artists who objected to tobacco sponsorship of their Indonesian concerts. The only two in recent times have been Alicia Keys and former American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson.
They like touring Indonesia, they don't like tobacco sponsorship
Ironically, the event will (like all major concerts) be officially smoke-free for safety reasons; no lighters, cigarettes, matches or any other incendiary devices are permitted. However, it is unlikely that people will be searched too closely, and pretty ladies will probably be handing out free samples as patrons leave.
Indonesian rock concerts are really cheap in comparison to equivalent festivals in Australia, Europe or the USA. Single day passes are Rp299 000 ($US33), while 3-day passes are Rp690 000 ($US75). Tickets are available through the official website, Detikshop and good record stores like Aquarius Mahakam and Duta Suara. (To prevent scalping and piracy, tickets aren’t distributed until two days before the show; you receive a voucher which you exchange later).
Will you be attending Java Rockin’ Land? Why/why not? Does the festival’s tobacco sponsorship affect your decision? Please share your opinion.