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MALAYSIA’S BIGGEST ROCK FESTIVAL IS OFFICIALLY BACK!
The legendary festival is back and bringing all rock music lovers together in a place where rock music is alive and rockin’!
ROCKAWAY 2020 will include Zone GEM-PARK, a two-day fiesta of food and festivities. Whether you’re in a rock band, a fan or a friend of the two, join us in this zone to have a great time!
Zone ROCKAWAY LIVE will bring rock music to the forefront on the second day with live performances. Anticipate head-banging music, amped up performances by your favourite local artistes and rock your heart out to legendary acts.
Join our ROCKAWAY family of rock music lovers as we bring back the spirit of rock to the stage in March!
Food & Drinks
Fuel yourselves and recharge your energy with a wide variety of tasty food and thirst-quenching beverages from our popular local vendors.
Explore the two-day fiesta with unique festivities from our partners and stand a chance to win exclusive merch and gifts.
From local artistes to international acts, get ready for head-banging performances and stages from the best rockers.
Atreyu was formed in 1999 and hails from Southern California. The gold-selling metal mavericks Atreyu consists of Alex Varkatzas [vocals], Brandon Saller [drums/vocals], “BIG” Dan Jacobs [guitar], Travis Miguel [guitar], and Porter McKnight [bass] Their musical legacy speaks for itself. 2002’s Suicide Notes and Butterfly Kisses established them as an influential force, while 2004 follow-up The Curse enabled the group rose to global renown. A Deathgrip on Yesterday and 2007’s Lead Sails Paper Anchor both bowed in the Top 10 of the Billboard Top 200 with the latter garnering a gold certification from the RIAA—a highly rare accomplishment for a 21st century rock band.Following a hiatus in 2009, the band made a comeback with Long Live in 2015 which crashed the Top 30 of the Billboard Top 200 and earned widespread acclaim from Revolver, Loudwire, AXS, and Kerrang! who dubbed it “a hell of a return.”
The band has sold out countless headline shows in addition to sharing the stage with everyone from Slipknot and Linkin Park to Chris Cornell and Avenged Sevenfold. Atreyu has released their seventh full-length album, In Our Wake, which doesn’t just reaffirm Atreyu’s legacy, it expands it like never before.
“We were quite surprised with how the crowd reacted to Wau Bulan..” said Zamir the co-founder of Bombfire as they concluded their debut performance @ Garage Studios (Kuala Lumpur) back in 2016. This has fuelled Bombfire’s desire to compose groovy and melodic hard hitting music to serenade the local independent music scene of Malaysia. Throughout the years Bombfire has seen a few line up changes, but the main co-founders Zamir (Vocals & lead guitars) and Shahriz (Vocals & Bass) has remained staunch in their passion to serve up adrenaline laced heavy blues based rock music. In 2019, Bombfire has seen the addition of Paan (Guitar) and original drummer Ein back in the fold to complete the line up.
3 years on, Bombfire is still actively gigging in the club scenes in Malaysia. Their single “Sepatu Tarimu” debuted in 2017 and is available on iTunes and Spotify. They are on track to complete their first EP in 2020, slated for release in quarter two.
Budak Nakal Hujung Simpang
Budak Nakal Hujung Simpang is a Malaysian Ska Reggae Nusantara band, consisting of John Bear, Syed Danial, Suffren G, Ameer, Haziq, Sam, Iz (Izgastro), Hakim (Lampyy), Montel, Fifi and Ad Wafri. The band formed mid-July 2015 after Noh Salleh asked John Bear to open for a HUJAN performance at UITM. They started with 6 members and have grown to 11 members.
They’re labelled as “nakal” @ naughty because of their attitude, playful, easy-going and fun. They sing about everything from love, God, family and global issues. Their first album “Bumantara” showcases 5 songs which has led the band to tour peninsular Malaysia with other bands in mid-2019. They have also been invited to perform at the Reggae Festival 2018 (Bali, Indonesia) and Singapore Bulan Bahasa (Singapore).
Their newly released Mr. Pollution music video can be viewed on the Budak Nakal Hujung Simpang Youtube Channel.
Carthreena is a Malaysian post-hardcore band formed by 3 core Penang-based members out of pure passion for rock music in September 2009. Their music is a mix of powerful emotional vocal range, poetic lyrics, heavy riffs, melodic lead guitar, punchy bassline and powerful drum beats. Cathreena achieved national fame with the release of their single Change The World in December 2013 capturing the attention of the local underground music scene, gig organisers and independent media outlets. In January 2018, Carthreena released their 1st full length album ‘Breathe For Tomorrow’ in collaboration with Senndart Recording Studio. The album has been well received and has been named as one of the best album releases by ROTTW magazine. The music video for their single called ‘Streetlights’ features the vocalist of “Dean of Kids On The Move” has been regarded as a new hope for the underground scene.
In 2019, the band has undergone a revamp to prepare for more national & international shows.The current line up are Nhajril as vocalist/guitarist, Naz Mikanaz as bassist, Shazwan as lead guitarist and Arttech as drummer.
Color Heart was formed in early 2019, based in Subang Jaya, Selangor, as a collective of talents from diverse fields of music. What started as a side project, transformed into a full-scale 4 piece band over time. With their complete lineup in place, the band is dead set on making their mark as a band on the local music scene. They play a wide range of music – from acoustic to full band sets – Color Heart has captured the attention of a wide range of listeners throughout their stint in the live music scene.
In January 2020, the band debuted their single “Tidak Peduli”, which is mixed by JD @ 21:05 Studio and produced by Afiq PB aka Piko (band leader).
Since their inception in Osaka in 2006, Crossfaith have been on the edge of a fusion of rock, metal, electronica and big ideas on their albums; and the edge of euphoria with their live shows. Long-renowned as a live band without parallel having played some of the most prestigious festival stages in the world, Crossfaith continue to go from strength to strength.
A peerless set of musical warriors who leave no stone unturned when it comes to experimentation and excitement, through their albums and live performances they have established a reputation as a truly unique band.
Driven by the clash of cultures in the modern world and the love for everything that is heavy, Glistening Redchair (GRC) was formed by Gheff Abd Ghafar (vocals, guitars, productions) and Firdaus Nasir (drums), and later joined by Nabil Wahab (bass) and Soharzry Salehudin (guitars). GRC’s early days were mostly influenced by 90s alternative hard rock, as displayed aptly in their debut EP titled ‘Guide Us into Believing’ released in June 2017. GRC then leaned towards more apparent post-rock, metal, and noise influences with their sophomore release ‘Therapist’, creating an interesting amalgamation of sounds not often heard around today’s local music scene.
Hands Like Houses
Born and bred in Canberra, Hands Like Houses are one of the most famous rock exports to emerge from the nation’s capital. With over 150k record sales worldwide, over 15 full US tours and 10 UK tours on book, Hands Like Houses also sold out three back-to-back headline tours across Australia in just two years. Their newest release – Anon, has been snatching high praises with their first top 5 ARIA charting album with the album swooping in at #4.
During their decade together, the band spent their time thrilling epic crowds at home, playing packed arenas with Bring Me The Horizon & A Day To Remember, and as one of the headliners on UNIFY 2018. Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, Hands Like Houses have played to tens of thousands of people across Download Festival, Rock On The Range, Carolina Rebellion and Northern Invasion, alongside legendary acts The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Deftones, Alice Cooper and Disturbed.
Here Comes July
A pop-indie driven band based in Subang Jaya. Established in 2013 where Lukman and Danial decided to form a band and started recruiting other musicians. This lead to Arfan, Haziq, and Irfan joining the band in 2019. The band’s alluring, high-energy performances transport audiences back in time with Here Comes July (HCJ) creativity, showmanship, and tradition. Their recently released debut single, Malam Hari that is sure to be a kickstart to their journey!
Like their name, (HUJAN means ‘rain’ in English) HUJAN’s music alternates between light, heavy and torrential storms, a reflection of the many stories, moods and agendas embedded in their songs. Equipped with all that, and energetic entertaining live performances, in less than a year, HUJAN was already the talk of the town. Together, they paved the way for a new chapter of the Malaysian music industry. To date, Hujan has released two EPs and four albums independently and their list of achievements is expanding by the day. Awards aside, the sweetest milestone would definitely be the fact that Hujan has proven that, despite the language barrier, their music has a universal appeal and have brought them to prestigious venues in Indonesia, Singapore, Ireland, Britain, Australia and France.
JEMSON is Kuala Lumpur’s newest rock and roll tag team featuring guitarist, Najmi
and vocalist, Myo. They are currently rocking South East Asia with their debut album
“Balada Cinta Kosmos”. Soon after the release of their first music video for the song
‘Sakit Hati’, JEMSON performed their very first live show at The Bee, Publika in
November 2019 as the opening band for Japanese heavy metal kings, LOUDNESS.
JEMSON has made history for themselves when they were chosen as the
“headlining band” at the AOR Festival in Kedah, only 2 months after forming the
To further amplify their presence, JEMSON has recently released their second music
video, ‘Pape Saje’ featuring renowned guitarist, AG Coco of Hujan.
Kabus was formed in 2019 and hails from Petaling Jaya. The band consists of Fadhil (lead vocals/rhythm guitar), Aqmal (lead guitar), Faris (bass), Altaf (drums) and Zufayri (keyboard). Kabus’ music genre is indie alternative rock with a touch of Indonesian pop rock and is influenced by prominent bands like Sheila On 7, Hujan, Hippo Campus and Kings Of Leon. They also incorporate strong emotional messages through their lyrics which enables their listeners to immerse themselves into their art.
Not to be mistaken for members of Greenpeace, Kyoto Protocol are a five-piece outfit based in Malaysia who kick-started a renaissance in the Malaysian music scene. Since their humble beginnings playing covers in local bars, the band got their first big break when they opened for American rock band MGMT in their maiden concert on Malaysian soil, subsequently clinching spots at various music festivals in the Asian region, enjoyed relatively frequent radio play, and even picked up an odd award or two along the way.
Formed in 1994, Lacuna Coil quickly became one of Century Media’s biggest selling bands. From Comalies (2002) and Karmacode (2004) to Shallow Life (2009) and Broken Crown Halo (2014), the high-flying Italian act demonstrated an uncanny ability to pull in rock, gothic, and metal audiences. The band’s spirited and lauded live performances have also earned them a solid reputation for a band that not only delivers night in/night out, but also a band whose stage performance reverberates long after the show is over. Indeed, Lacuna Coil’s heartfelt, heavy, melodic, and rhythmic metal—a hybrid of gothic, groove, and alternative—has created a rabid worldwide following. Whether it’s “Our Truth” and “Delirium” or “Nothing Stands in Our Way” and “Trip the Darkness,” Lacuna Coil’s dual-vocalist assault is immediately identifiable. New album, Black Anima, continues the Italian’s reign atop the metal stack.
LOCH is an instrumental rock band from Negeri Sembilan and Malacca. Since forming in 2011, the band’s music has evolved tremendously, while still staying to their identity and style, with strong influences from Western progressive rock bands like Tera Melos, The Fall of Troy and ASIWYFA. Last year, their debut album titled ‘Everywhere We Go, We’ll Make This Feel Like Home’ was released. LOCH has since toured around Peninsula Malaysia, and even in neighbouring countries like Singapore and Thailand.
MAD AUGUST (feat.HILLARY ANG)
“MAD” referring to an abbreviation of – “Make A Difference” and “August” which in numeric, 8, points to success, opportunity and strength, this award-winning band uses their music as a medium to exhibit their beliefs and principles. This year, the members of Mad August celebrate their 8th anniversary as a band with their first ever major concert held late August 2019. All four members of the band have showcased their musical talents by both composing and producing their own music. The band recently released a brand new single in November 2019 titled ‘一切都值’ which translates to ‘Everything is Worth It’.
Hillary Ang, former guitarist for two of Malaysia’s prominent rock bands, Search and Cromok. After his venture into the two bands, Hillary made the decision to continue his music career as a soloist. Throughout his career as a professional musician, Hillary has released two solo albums to his name and has collaborated with the best in the industry as a sessionist for many artists.
Originally formed under the name ‘Lipstick’, this Malaysian band later changed its name to ‘MASDO’ to represent the genre of the 60s pop music. The band delivers energetic and unique sounds through their music, making it easy for their listeners to twist and groove to their songs. The birth of this Malaysian band is also inspired by the late Allahyarham Tan Sri P. Ramlee’s movie, Do Re Mi where one of the scenes show how three best friends formed a friendship at the riverside during the theft incident. MASDO’s biggest influences consists of P.Ramlee, A. Ramlie & The Rhythm Boys, Siglap Five, The Wonders, The Last Shadow Puppets, Changcuters and many more.
This 6 piece metal band, Massacre Conspiracy brings metal madness to the scene with energetic, fresh riffs and epic breakdowns. They are delivering a blend of unique styles of metal while maintaining the heaviness to the metal fans nationwide. Through out the years, they have been selected to be the opening act for most of the metal titans that have performed in Malaysia such as Suicide Silence, All Shall Perish, Unearth, August Burns Red, Bring Me the Horizon and more.
Their music is spreading quickly nationwide, gaining the attention and recognition from mass media as well from professional critics. They have also performed at Malaysia’s annual music festival such as Rock the World for 5 years in a row. Today, they are still doing what they love playing metal music with passion and proving that they are capable to stand besides other metal titans internationally.
This is Malaysia’s metalcore band. This is Massacre Conspiracy.
MIM (pronounced as MEEM) is an experimental-instrumental / post-rock band formed in 2015. Known for their punch drum beat, scintillating guitar riffs, embellished with modulation and effects; forging almost a dramatic and uplifting atmosphere of story telling.
Mothflesh is a 5-piece Groove Metal quintet from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The band formed in early 2017 and comprises of Imran Muhammad, Tunku Shafiq, Ezekiel Mavani and Giridhar Ganesan. Their music incorporates complex rhythms, hanging melodies, emotive modes and pavement-grinding vocals which showcases a fresh take on extreme music. Each member shares a unique musical background, influenced by the likes of At The Gates, Nevermore, Carcass, The Black Dahlia Murder, Gojira, Tool, Cynic, Opeth and everything else in between.
Lyrically speaking the band draws their inspiration from their personal struggle with disassociation, religion, prejudice, sexuality and conformity of which are topical conversations that aren’t highlighted in the current heavy-metal scene. Imran Muhammad’s active work with marginalised groups and societies has been an anchor point for making the struggles of some heard by many.
M. Nasir, also known as Dato’ Dr. Mohd Nasir bin Mohamed is one of the few artistes who has earned superlatives such as ‘Sifu’, ‘Guru’, ‘Cendekiawan Seni’ and ‘Legend’ throughout his career. Establishing himself in Malaysia and Singapore’s music industry since 1978, M. Nasir built his name as a singer, songwriter, composer, publisher, poet, actor and film director just within a span of 40 years. Till this day, this award-winning artiste continues to be an influential and inspiring figure in the Arts scene.
NARATU was formed in 1998 and is still keeping their legacy alive with their 4th generation line-up. Their trademark musical style incorporates catchy rhythms and elegant riffs with the use of the Malay language as the intermediary for their meaningful lyrics. The band would like to thank all their fans for their never ending support and strives to continue to produce more music.
Nervedeless was formed in October 2002 and hails from Kepong, Kuala Lumpur. They started out as a 3-piece band called “Dead bloom” and later changed their name in 2003 to Nervedeless. They have performed at more than 200 shows and are known for their energetic live performance. Their musical drive is a hybrid of grunge overdrive and melancholic melody which creates a genre post grunge and a mix of rock. Lyrically, Nervedeless is inspired by everyday life in hopes that listeners can relate to their music if they’ve been through similar challenges in their own lives. Their music is influenced by Nirvana, Alice in Chains, Silverchair, Local H and more.
To regard Project E.A.R. as a supergroup is an understatement. It is the first collective of its kind, consisting of some of the best acts from the Southeast Asian region. Above all, Project E.A.R. is a movement; it is the voice of a new era in global music; it is the tie that binds musicians together from continents divided by cultural, political and language barriers. Moots! from Pop Shuvit (Malaysia), Jamir from Slapshock (Philippines), and Dandee from Bangkok Invaders (Thailand) conceptualised and established Project E.A.R. as a
platform to propagate this cause. United through friendship and the common goal of bringing Asian music to the masses, the trio roped in friends from various groups around Southeast Asia and officially launched the collective at the MTV Asia Awards in 2008.
Restraint was formed in the year 2000 with the aim to produce a different sound, path and direction from the other metal/hardcore bands in the nation. In 2005, the band was re-launched with a brand new line up and released a successful demo “Until The End” which lead to releasing their first album “Pure From Blood” with Dyslexia Record in 2007. The album received an overwhelming international response which resulted in touring alongside many well known bands in Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia. Their latest album “Rise Above Hate” released in 2016 showcases tracks in which the band wants to send a message with their personal experiences and views on friendship, the local music scene and many more.
With a bright future ahead, the band continues in their pursuit of musical and lyrical excellence for the love of HARDCORE music which will remain unchanged.
The MASH is a “sugar-high” Pop Punk/Power Pop band which currently consists of Haziq (guitar/vocals), Juju (bass/vocals) and Afir (guitar/vocals). The band was named “The MASH” which is from the phrase “Mash-up” meaning mashing up their individual influences to compose music that appeals to everyone. The band is influenced by Simple Plan, McFly, Busted, Sum 41, Muse, One Ok Rock, Pee Wee Gaskins, Kotak, The Winner, Tegan & Sara, Bunkface, One Buck Short, All Time Low, Blink 182, Yellowcard, The Summer Set and We Are The In Crowd to name a few.
The band’s debut EP “Put Up or Shut Up!” was released in August 2015. The band is striving to get their music heard by performing all over Malaysia and hopefully one day the World!
A collaboration of music that crosses borders was born when Edwin Raj, Irfan Iskandar and Redzuan Hussin joined forces with their love of music by creating a rock group – TOKO KILAT. Regardless of their backgrounds, these three individuals worked together with a common aim of bringing their fantasy to life, which is to play music on a serious level while carrying the responsibility of their daily lives in terms of work. With their experience of playing music informally on an independent platform, TOKO KILAT is now in the process of planning and recording their solo release that will soon reach their audiences.
Aiming to create music that crosses borders, a collaboration between Edwin Raj, Irfan Iskandar and Redzuan Hussin was born as they joined forces by creating a rock group – TOKO KILAT. Regardless of their backgrounds, their love of music united them to bring their fantasies to life; playing music on a serious level for a larger audience of the rock culture.
In 2016, Kuala Lumpur’s punk rock quartet Trophy Knives was formed and have since released two E.P’s in the form of “TROPHY KNIVES” and “TURMOIL” as well as “GLASS CEILING” their full length album. Their debut self-titled E.P. which contains the track “WE CAN’T BE SAVED” features Chris#2 of Anti-flag, garnered international recognition from the punk rock community.
Their follow up, “Turmoil” was released in conjunction with Record Store Day 2018.
Despite being formed not too long ago, Trophy Knives have opened for major international acts such as MISS MAY I, CROWN THE EMPIRE, ATTILA, MAYDAY PARADE, SECRETS, TINY MOVING PARTS and NECK DEEP. In May 2019, Trophy Knives successfully became the first ever Malaysian band to tour Australia extensively (12 shows in 10 days) as they supported Australian punk rock act, BLIND MAN DEATH STARE on their “COMIN IN HOT” Australian tour.
Trophy Knives released their brand new album “GLASS CEILING” in conjunction with their first ever sold-out headliner show in Drumasia, Kuala Lumpur in November 2019.
Sonic Star Radio Jamm
Sonic Star Radio Jamm (SSRJ) is a grunge band based in Kuantan, Pahang. Established in 1999 by Maisu & Syeh, the band has endured a 21 year journey in the Malaysian underground music scene. The band is led by Maisu and has performed in almost every Malaysian state except Kelantan and Perlis. SSRJ has released numerous homemade demos and an EP entitled “The Battles For Our Supernova” in 2014.
The band is influenced by Sonic Youth, Nirvana, Butterfingers, Pearl Jam, Alice In Chains, Silverchair, Smashing Pumpkins, BUSH, KORN, Limp Bizkit, Deftones, System Of A Down, MUSE, MONO, ENVY, Deepset and many others. The band songs are formulated in a “Quiet-Loud-Quiet” fashion, similar to The Pixies with a hint of experimental jet sound popularised by Sonic Youth. Teenage angst with vocals and in your face drum and bass sound. The band is scheduled to release their next EP in 2020.
Spooky Wet Dreams
Spooky Wet Dreams is an indie alternative band from Klang Valley that was formed in 2015. Founded by twins Shazwan Zulkiffli (Ze) and Shazwani Zulkiffli (Nani), the group has been actively gigging across South East Asia since the release of their first EP, Cold Pizza Party.
Citing The Strokes, Foo Fighters, The Vaccines and The Killers as their major influences, the band’s material has always been centered around everything Malaysian – from the cheeky tribute to the twins’ hometown in chart-topping ‘Ipoh Girls, to pushing for reforms in the country’s education sector with ‘Ini Sekolah, Bukan Kilang!’ that even got the support of newly-elected MPs.
Uncured is a metal 4-piece from NJ that is attracting international attention for its combination of technical musicianship, brutal riffs, and melodic interludes. Uncured was founded in 2016 by brothers Rex Cox and Zak Cox. Zak and Rex both play guitar, bass and sing. Liam Manley plays drums and joined Uncured in 2017. Micah Smith plays bass while Uncured is on tour.
Uncured started touring in 2017 and has performed over 200 shows in 8 countries with top acts such as All That Remains, Cradle of Filth, Soulfly, Children of Bodom, Devildriver, White Chapel, Dying Fetus, Katatonia, and Jamey Jasta (Hatebreed). In February 2020, Uncured will tour South America as direct support to Lacuna Coil.
Uncured has gained a reputation among fans and critics for its aggressive, technical, yet highly diverse, live performances. Metal Injection reported that “Uncured sounds a bit like old school Dream Theater with some modern tricks thrown in, such as full-on breakdowns and smoking guitar acrobatics. This band is comprised of extremely talented and promising young musicians.”
Formed in 1989, XPDC is no stranger to the rock community in Malaysia. Boasting over 8 full albums and 21 special compilation releases, including ‘Kita Peng Yu’ which was a phenomenon in Malaysia, selling over 200,000 copies and followed to become one of the best-selling albums in Malaysian history. Ranked one of Malaysia’s legendary heavy metal bands, XPDC released a live album ‘Brutal XPDC Monster Concert 1998’ which was a recording of their biggest concert at the National Stadium and this album sold over 180,000 copies to date.
Stadium Bukit Jalil, CAR PARK B
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Last night, amazing. A day that fills with loud & heavy music, make me satisfied. Despite of rain and walking almost 1KM, everything else was great. As usual, stunning performances by the boys, Kyoto Protocol, the crowd was massive, eventhough start slightly delayed but overall, it's f'kin awesome! Looking forward for #Rockaway2017. Hope it's getting better. PS: Thanks @fuadkyoto for the tag. Sorry sebab can't help much yesterday. #VSCOcam #vsco #Rockaway2016 #RockawayFest #HotlinkRockaway #KyotoProtocol #KPeeps #Butterfingers #TakingBackSunday #ThirdEyedBlind #TheGetUpKids
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