Rockaway Festival announced yesterday that their last show will be on 17 October. The rock and metal festival has been a staple of the Malaysian music scene for the last four years, responsible for bringing international bands like Sum 41, The Used and Soulfly to Malaysia, as well as showcasing local talent.
Rockaway had originally scheduled two shows for this year, but the first (slated for 28 September) was cancelled after The Communications and Multimedia Ministry denied the US headliners Lamb of God a permit to perform.
Yesterday, Rockaway posted a message “with a heavy heart” on Facebook saying the second concert, on 17 October at KL Live, will be their farewell concert. The current line-up includes Bring Me The Horizon, Enter Shikari, Crossfaith and Massacre Conspiracy.
Director of Live Events for Livescape Asia, Rahul Kukreja, wrote on Facebook:
“Four years and over 15 shows later, it is with a heavy heart that we announce the end of Rockaway. We can’t thank the fans enough who have been supporting us throughout the years through thick and thin, and quite simply for being the best rock fans anyone could ask for. This has been a difficult decision for us to make, one which we’ve deliberated on especially in the last month. But we feel the time is right to say goodbye and we hope the fans will join us at our final Rockaway show on October 17”.
The age limit for the final show will be decreased from 18 years to 15 years.