After a three year hiatus, Livescape Group today announced the return of Rockaway Festival and the Phase 1 lineup for the iconic rock music festival series that has previously hosted Bring Me The Horizon, The Used, Soulfly, Enter Shikari, All Time Low, and a bevy of Malaysia’s best and brightest rock acts.
It’s clear that Livescape are going for broke with this installment, which happens concurrently with the Malaysian Moto GP. This year’s edition of the festival will be spread out throughout three days, with the Rockaway Weekender happening on 29 – 30 October at Sepang International Circuit and Rockaway The Saga Continues on the 19th of November at Bukit Jalil Extreme Park.
Rockaway Weekender will feature legendary rockers Scorpions, Wings, and Muzza’s Mayhem as headliners on the first day, while UK’s Wolfmother will join local metal militia members Daarchlea and Artefacts among others on the second day, and we’re sure even more acts will be added to the bill in Phase 2.
Rockaway The Saga Continues features a who’s who of local and international rock acts – including the long awaited return of the iconic Butterfingers to the stage. The legendary Alleycats and Zainal Abidin also feature alongside must-see international acts Taking Back Sunday, Third Eye Blind, and The Get-Up Kids. Among the other acts are Hujan X Radhi OAG, One Buck Short, who are celebrating their 15th anniversary, Prana, Singapore’s The Summer State, Indonesia’s The Changcutters and more.
When asked if there was any hesitation in bringing Rockaway back considering the previous troubles faced by the festival and other live festivals in the intervening years since Rockaway’s hiatus, Rahul told us there was never any hesitation. Elaborating on the tourism benefits the festival stands to bring Malaysia, Rahul told the assembled media and artists that it was time for the guitars to come out once again – and that rock never killed anyone.
With Phase 2 set to be announced and Livescape promising one or two more international acts at Rockaway The Saga Continues, we’re sure Rockaway 2016 will be Malaysia’s biggest rock festival yet!