A festival that combines Jazz, Korean Pop, RnB, Rock, Blues and more? Sounds like the Java Jazz Festival's in town.
- When? TBC 2018
- Where? Jakarta International Expo, West Java
- Price: TBC
If you like your events jazzier than a Broadway show then look no further than Java's Jazz Festival. Held in the Indonesian capital - Jakarta - this eclectic extravaganza is one of the largest of its kind in the world and hosts a range of Indonesian and international music stars. Forget tap dancing and jazz hands, this is all about the music.
Previous years have seen over 40 acts from around the globe, with many western bands making it a lucrative stop on world tours. 2017 saw the likes of Ne-Yo, Paulinho Garcia, Nik West and Bebel Gilberto take to the stage, with previous years being home to a range of performances from British born singer-songwriter Sting's collaboration with trumpeter Chris Botti, to additional performances from artists like Robin Thicke and Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra. The event regularly attracts over 30,000 music fans and is hosted in Jakarta's huge expo centre; unsurprisingly it is one of the biggest jazz festivals in the southern hemisphere. Considered by many as a highly prestigious event it has helped establish Jakarta as Asia's 'capital of Jazz'.
Part of the appeal is that the festival promotes international superstars alongside home-grown Indonesian talent. In the lead up to the event there are also a series of pop up shows across the capital called Java Jazz on the Move (from January onwards) which showcases emerging performers in various locations across the city.
If you attend the three day event itself then expect a range of Indonesian refreshments and treats on offer as the centre is equipped with several eateries. It's a good thing too - the shows run from late afternoon until midnight so you'll probably need some sustenance to keep you going. The grand finale occurs on the Sunday (day three) of the event and although 2018's lineup remains top secret, we're sure it's bound to include some talented performers.
There aren't many festivals where you can you dance along to Korean Pop icons one minute and Craig David (who performed here in 2013) the next. Somewhat magically, Java Jazz Festival manages to combine plenty of different musicians and genres yet still stay true to its original roots. We'll take that over C.A.T.S any day.
- Get there: Fly to Soekarno-Hatta International Airport (CGK), it's 45 minutes to the city centre by car.
- Stay: The Expo is in North Jakarta, so stay in North or Central to be nearby.
Keep an eye on the official website for ticket prices and more information.
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