The sonic storm is upon us as Rockaway Fest 2012 readies for lift-off


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How many heavy metal fans does it take to change a lightbulb? Answer: Three. One to change it and two to say “Excelleeeeeent!” Well, that’s the sort of Saturday we have up ahead with the massive Rockaway Fest 2012 ready to shoot its load from noon to midnight at the Sepang International Circuit. The best part is you can also roll with the gang to the venue. Festival promoter Livescape Asia has organised free shuttle buses for the hordes to get to Rockaway. Leave the wheels at home and be safe. The bus service leaves KL Sentral at 11am, 2pm and 5pm. The return trip from Sepang International Circuit to KL Sentral is 1am. All passengers must have — wrist tag, ticket or Redtix email confirmation — to board the Rockaway rock bus.

Rockaway Festival 2012 Sepang International Circuit, KL Date: Today, noon to midnight, RM178

Featured acts: It’s time to rip with Rockaway Festival 2012! This year’s line-up is a whopper of a haul with 28 acts to blow your mind. Talk about a sonic marathon of an event. Heavyweight metal act Soulfly (with Max Cavalera), punk outfit MxPx All Stars, metalcore act Unearth and pop punk act Set Your Goals are the crowd-pullers booked to burn up the main stage. The new venue – Sepang International Circuit – is also perfect to give headbangers more elbow room and moshpit area. Just party safe. Local favourites like Koffin Kanser, Gerhana Skacinta, Hujan, Love Me Butch and Massacre Conspiracy, Bunkface, I, Revival, The Padangs, Go Gerila and others are also on the big stage. The WKND sessions will host the second stage with OAG, Muck, Guba, Joe (Pure Vibracion), Akta Angkasa, OJ Law, Darren Ashley, Citizens of Ice Cream, Plainsunset (Singapore) and Johnny Comes Lately in the line-up. Deejay crews Twilight Actiongirl, Deer Society and dance act Dizkopolis are also on heavy grooving duty. Tickets available at (www.airasiaredtix.com) and participating Rock Corner and Victoria Music outlets in the Klang Valley.

Malaysia Rock Fest 2012 presents Rock City Bukit Kiara Equestrian & Country Resort Jalan Bukit Kiara, off Jalan Damansara, KL Date: Today, 6pm, RM88/RM100(rock zone)

Featured acts: As far as throwback concerts go, this 1980s hard rock revival event will take some beating. Some of the best Malay rock bands — Wings, Lefthanded, XPDC, May and Rusty Blade — from over 25 years ago will be turning back to clock. That’s five of the best — minus the long hair and youthful rebellion – from the days of RTM censorship and fun. But don’t doubt their showmanship and attitude. If tunes like Peronda Jaket Biru (Wings), Tak Nak Jadi Soh Chai (XPDC), Jasa Tok Janggut (Rusty Blade), Sendiri (May) dan Semangat Lamina (Lefthanded) were on your cassette compilations all those years ago, then this concert is right up your alley. Tickets are available at select Rock Corner outlets or the concert venue. Hotline: 03-7957-6088. Browse (www.ilassotickets.com).

This Is Hell # 20 Rumah Api, 178, Jalan Merdeka Kampung Baru Ampang, KL Date: Oct 26, 8pm, RM5

Featured acts: Sh*tnoise Bast*rds, Discovery DXC and Wwhirr. Gear up for the sounds of the Klang Valley underground with these three unsung acts. The mission is to dispatch a motherlode of hardcore thrash, noise and grindcore. Not for the faint-hearted, for certain. But for the extreme music faithful, there will no better place than Rumah Api next Friday to get the sonic kicks and whiplash goodness.

Feedback Open Mic @ The Bee Publika The Bee, 32B Level G2, Publika, Solaris Dutamas Jalan Dutamas 1, KL Date: Oct 23, 9pm, free admission

Featured acts: Feedback, which is a collaboration between Moonshine and The Bee is still going strong since its inception last December. This month edition will see guest acts — Sphere and Carpark — on stage. Sign-ups are at 8pm and are first-come-first-serve. Newcomers will get a two-song slot. Remember to bring your own cables. And just like what the Facebook event page says, “This is an acoustic and band friendly open mic.” So bring along the smiles and support the fresh faces.

Sepultura Chin Woo Stadium, Jalan Hang Jebat, KL Date: Nov 2, 8pm, RM158 (pre-sale), RM188 (door)

Featured act: Though no longer the same extreme metal band that broke out of Belo Horizonte, Brazil in the mid-1980s, the Sepultura name is still held in high regard in heavy metal circles. The band’s line-up has changed through the years. But Sepultura has never forgotten its metal roots. Today, vocalist Derrick Green is the man to stir up the mosh-pit. He has been at the frontlines as their new singer since 1998. The band, much to its credit, has trucked on while also keeping the long time fans and winning over new ones with each album. Released last year, Kairos was Sepultura’s last album. The legendary band lands in KL to play a show filled with old school favourites and newer brutal material. Local metal act Cyro and Indonesia band Edane are the opening acts. Ticket details at (myticket.asia). The show is organised by Netzah Production.

Guitar + Spoken Word + Uke (Az Samad & friends) Doppel Kafe, Lot 2.04, Mezzanine Floor Central Market Annexe, KL Date: Today, 3.30pm, RM20

Featured acts: Quiet is the new loud? You bet! There is always refuge from the weekend din, the great unwashed and FX pedals when it comes to Az Samad and gang. This tea-time showcase sees the jazzy guitarist collaborating with spoken word artiste Davina Goh. The duo have prepared a unique set filled up with rap, comedy and storytelling. The second set will allow Az to roll out a new set of ukulele-powered tunes. Why bother with a six-string and looking like Jimmy Page when a four-string and a nod to the late great John Tapia is just as good in getting you attention on stage, huh?

Time Out Live Stage KL, Avenue K 156 Jalan Ampang, KL Date: Oct 24, 8.30pm, promo show

Featured acts: The first instalment of the Time Out Live series coincides with the magazine’s 100 Best Popular Songs issue. An impressive cast of homegrown names have been invited to plug in for two covers and an original tune each. You can’t more diverse than Bihzhu, Darren Ashley, Free Deserters, Froya, Halfway Kings, Kyoto Protocol and Pastel Lite on stage. How do you get in? Bring along your copy of the October issue of Time Out KL and you’re sorted out for this gig. More info at (www.timeoutkl.com/100bestsongsevent).

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