Sunday, October 22, 2017

Rocktober Fest rocks Miri

ROCKTOBER Fest Borneo 2017, billed as Borneo’s biggest beachside rock festival, saw a big turnout of local as well as international rock music fans in Miri last weekend.

Over 5,000 people jam-packed the inaugural two-day Festival, also known as #RTBF17, with most of the ticket-holders coming from Miri and other parts of the state.

Many of the festival-goers also came from cities in West Malaysia with direct flights to Miri such as Kuala Lumpur and Johor.

Fans from outside the country included those from Brunei and Singapore.

“I came here to see my favourite bands — Slapshock, XPDC, Bunkface, OAG and Hujan,” said Mohd Yusof from Brunei.

He added that he also came to support Rose of My Coffin Door, a Bruneian band.

An Ipoh fan who only wanted to be known as Gan, commented: “I think Rocktober Fest Borneo is something fresh. Miri is known for the Borneo Jazz and the Country Music Festival but #RTB17 attracts a new and different crowd.”

As for 24-year-old rock fan Deanna Maria, who flew in from Kota Kinabalu just for the Festival, she listed OAG as one of her favourites.

“I think it’s really fantastic we have a huge rock event in Borneo. I look forward to next year’s event and hope to see more international artistes in action,” she enthused.

The Rock Festival was held at ParkCity Everly Hotel with 37 bands performing live on two stages from 2pm until midnight.

Among the headliners were Hujan, XPDC, Koffin Kanser, Filipino band Slapshock, Oh Chentaku, OAG, Bunkface, Estranged and many more.

Kicking off the Festival on both days were up-and-coming Bornean bands whose performances in front of a large audience gave them big-time exposure.

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