ROARFest 2019 will take place at Carfax in Newtown on the 30th of November and is the first of what is set to become an annual event focusing on all things retro, original, alternative and rock-related.
The festival will include beer gardens, food trucks and an alt. market. The line-up includes the very best that the South African rock and metal industry has to offer and showcases a wide variety of its sub-genres, including a highly anticipated reunion show from grindcore heavyweights Groinchurn and a rare reunion of the full line-up of The Narrow. Check out the full line-up below.
“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 – we love the acts that push the musical boundaries and of course they have to rock! We’re extremely pleased with this inaugural line-up and believe this event will grow from strength to strength as we go!” states Bill Botes from Breakout Events.
The Narrow’s Hanu de Jong is clearly excited about playing exclaiming, “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!”
Mark Chapman from Groinchurn, who last played together in 2014 when they opened for Sepultura at the same venue comments on their show, “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.”