The Rock Anthology of Java Rockin'land 2011
The shores of Carnaval Beach in Ancol Recreation Park, Jakarta, was transformed into a gigantic rock scene compound as the 3rd edition of Java Rockin’land (JRL) shook the ground with its thunderous sounds from July 22nd to 24th, 2011. Hailed as the biggest rock festival in South East Asia, JRL 2011 presented a complete anthology of rock music by over a hundred performers on 10 spread out performing stages. Rock fans of various generations and genres, along with their distinct styles, constantly moved from stage to stage as music played nonstop from every corner of the complex.
The biggest rock festival yet in Indonesia, the JRL has brought to the country some of the most prominent names in the international rock scene, including: The Cranberries, Good Charlotte, Frente, Ed Kowalczyk of LIVE, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Blood Red Shoes, Young The Giant, We Are Scientists, Neon Trees, Franco, Happy Mondays, The Dirt Radicals, Loudness, and the legendary speed metal band: Helloween.
JRL 2011 was also the celebration of Indonesia’s own rock scene, as more than 70 of Indonesia’s finest rock and metal bands across generations and sub-genres took part in this Mega-concert. Among some of the well-known Indonesian rock bancs were: Godbless, Power metal, /Rif, Burgerkill, Edane, Forgotten, Gugun Blues Shelter, Pas band, Power Slaves, Naif, Netral, Pure Saturday, Seringai, Sheila on Seven, the Changcuters, Tengkorak, and many more.
Proven successful this year, in its 3rd edition, Java Rockin’land will surely raise its bars for the next event. More and more international artists and fresh new concepts will likely be the feature for Java Rockin’land 2012, making Jakarta a truly cosmopolitan Music Entertainment Center in Asia.
Photo by Andi Muhaimin.