ROARFest 2019: alternative music returns to Newtown

ROAR Fest 2019

Johannesburg, South Africa: a new festival concept is taking seed at Carfax in Newtown. The venue has not seen a lot of action from heavier genres of music since the days of Ministry, Sepultura and other concerts several years ago.

Breakout Events is the new name behind the action and will present its debut ROARFest 2019 on the 30th November. And it’s not just about heavy music. ROARFest 2019 is the first of what is set to become an annual event focusing on all things retro, original, alternative and rock related (and not to mention a dose of glorious Metal).

“The idea behind ROAR is to establish something annual that gives props to some of the incredible talents that have developed in the South African rock and metal scene now and also over the years, so we’re happy to be going a little Retro with the older acts, obviously Originality counts, as well as the term Alternative, naturally, as we love the acts that push the musical boundaries and of course they have to Rock! So yes we’re extremely pleased with this inaugural line-up and believe this event will grow from strength to strength as we go!” ~ Bill Botes (Breakout Events)

ROARFest 2019 will include a beer garden, food trucks and an alternative market. The line-up includes from among the most noteworthy of names the South African alternative community has to offer and showcases a wide variety of its sub-genres. A mighty line-up consists of Groinchurn (reunion show), The Narrow, Facing The Gallows, Shameless, ATFN, The Medicine Dolls, Bleeding Spawn and Black Math.

The anticipation is real, and some of the artists involved offer commentary in advance of the date:

“This must be the sickest line-up we’ve ever been on! All these bands live their own hype and I’m very intimated to share a stage with them!” ~ Hanu de Jong (vocals, The Narrow)

Interestingly enough, the last time Goinchurn was seen on stage, it was at the same venue, supporting Sepultura in 2014. The band seems a little bewildered to be returning to the same stage five years later.

“When we started out as Groinchurn, it was very much a response and reaction to our own lives and circumstances at the time. It was 100% reactive… and there was no long-term plan or goal, so to do it all again comes as just as much of a surprise. We’re amped for the show. It’s fantastic that others seem to be too. What happens after that? Well, I guess we’ll keep reacting and responding to life… The distance between SA and Australia makes things tricky, but the world keeps getting smaller, right? … Turn it up. Bring the noise.” ~ Mark Chapman (Groinchurn)

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