2019 heralds a new era on Malaysia’s music front with the debut of the City ROARS! Festival, an initiative dedicated to promoting high-quality independent music from across the region. The aim is to provide a platform to established and up-and-coming indie bands to share, collaborate and showcase their material, while also offering a healthy dose of the creative arts to festival-goers.
Spread across three stages at the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre, a vibrant mix of music awaits with everything from pop, rock and folk, to electronic, experimental and punk on the bill. Curated by local label Soundscape Records and Emerge Music from Taiwan (where the event was born), there will also be a creative market with arts exhibitions and mobile galleries.
Hear Them Roar!
Bringing their stylish blend of synth-pop and chillwave to KL are Japanese band The fin., whose infectious sounds are impossible not to fall in love with instantly. Also from Japan comes the uber-talented Harunemuri, who is pushing J-Pop into the future with her unique style of musical-rap backed by heavy guitars.
Iconic Taiwanese foursome Tolaku are set to appear, known for their vigorous brand of pop, while Chinese export, The Landlord’s Cat, will spread their easy-listening vibes on the day. Lovers folk rock won’t want to miss Village Armed Youth, who stand proud in their support of agricultural land preservation and sustainable land uses in Taiwan.
Meanwhile, Malaysia is represented by a slew of emerging artistes including Stemilyn, a singer-songwriter equally as bold as she is quirky with her lyrical content and melodies, and Tinnitux who combine dreamy vocals with heavy distortion and dynamic beats to produce surreal soundscapes.
Suffice to say that City ROARS! isn’t your average music festival, with its unique blend of indie talent and arts offerings. We for one hope this will be the first of many over the years!
City ROARS! Music Festival 2019
WHERE Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre, Kuala Lumpur
WHEN 3pm (12 Jan)
ADMISSION RM158, RM180, RM700
TEL 03 4047 9000