A new music festival is set to debut this weekend with a lineup that includes some of the country’s hippest names. Joyland will take place across two days, Saturday and Sunday, at the Senayan Swimming Stadium Park in South Jakarta.
It is the second event to be produced by up-and-coming organizer G Production, which seems to be on a roll after its debut event last month, Bandung-based Pure Saturday’s conceptual solo show.
Saturday’s headliner is, naturally, Pure Saturday, whose latest album has seen it change its nostalgic image into something fresher. Fans have taken to newer songs, such as “The Horsemen” and “Albatross,” as they did the band’s older hits.
Erna Andriani, a longtime fan who has already purchased tickets, said the current version of Pure Saturday was an improvement from the band’s mid-90s heyday, when it was a modest live act.
“They are much more theatrical now, and they play much better with a stronger live presence and arrangements,” Erna said. “I can’t wait to see them with my friends.”
Newly rechristened garage rockers BRNDLS, who dropped their “The Brandals” moniker for last year’s well-received album “DGNR8,” is another big name set to perform on Saturday.
“We’re going to play a lot of songs off of DGNR8, which we only learned the confidence to play live after our collaboration with [Indonesian rock legends] Koes Plus last year,” lead singer Eka Annash said. “There’s also going to be a guest appearance and we might play some covers.”
The band’s live prominence, not to mention international tours and film appearances, has arguably turned the BRNDLS into the biggest punk rock act in the country — one that has gotten away with rowdy alcohol-filled gigs.
Also performing on the first day is Bangkutaman, whose last record, 2010’s “Ode Buat Kota” (“Ode to the City”), received plenty of accolades.
Other bands playing live on the first day include orchestral rockers Polyester Embassy, piano-playing singer-songwriter Luky Annash, blues rockers The Experience Brothers and alternative band Swimming Elephants.
Sunday’s headliners are equally revered. Efek Rumah Kaca is as known for its political-activist stance as much as its commercial and critical success.
Fan Imo Maulana said the band was “Indonesia’s last hope for good music.”
“I think that it is the best popular band right now,” he said. “Its lyrics are smart and heavy on social issues, and its music is pop, but it is a different take on it.”
Retro-pop act White Shoes and The Couples Company will also co-headline on Sunday. The sextet is one of the country’s biggest artistic exports, having played major festivals in the United States and Japan, as well as releasing records internationally.
Other acts scheduled to perform on the second day include the harmony-laden band Backwood Sun, psychedelic rocker Zeke Khaseli, glam metal act Gribs and alternative pop duo Stars and Rabbits.
Taman Stadion Renang Senayan
16 & 17 June 2012, 15.00
Tickets available at:
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