The Java Jazz Festival: It’s back!


It’s less than 24 hour to the Java Jazz Festival 2016!

The most-awaited jazz festival in Indonesia is back. The 12th edition of Java Jazz Festival takes place at JIEXPO Kemayoran, Central Jakarta, starts from 4th March to 6th March. “Exploring Indonesia” is the main theme for the event—for both broadening the taste of jazz fans and promoting tourism in Indonesia.

Since its first installment in 2005, Java Jazz Festival had approximately showcased 125 groups and 1,405 artists in 146 shows. The Festival also successfully attracted thousands of audience since its first festival, and constantly growing up to more than 100,000 visitors for the past few festivals.

Just like last year, Java Jazz Festival 2016 has 11 stages that showcase different artists each day. This year, the Java Jazz Festival boasts a list of more than 110 foreign as well as Indonesia jazz and pop performers. Robin Thicke, David Foster & Java Jazz Friends, and Chris Botti Featuring Sting are only few of the legendary foreign musicians to hit the stage on the three-day stretch event.

For those who are fond of Indonesian hit jazz musicians, look forward to big names such as Andre Hehanusa, Barry Likumahuwa, Indonesian All Stars, and Maliq & D’Essentials. Numerous Indonesian indie musicians are also going to perform their quirky music in this Festival.

Indian top singer Joe Alvares will also showcase his hit songs and masterpieces on Friday from 5 to 6pm at Ministry of Environment and Forestry Stage.

Despite the demand of Java Jazz audiences, young Indonesian pianist Joey Alexander can’t perform at the event. His popularity has risen since he was nominated for Best Improvised Jazz Solo and Best Jazz Instrumental nominations on Grammy Awards 2016.

For full lineup, complete schedules and ticket information, please click here.

As it does every year, this year’s Java Jazz Festival has been preceded by “Java Jazz On The Move” pre-event series to build up the excitement of the Festival itself. The pre-events were held between the months of January to the day just before the Festival in several malls in Jakarta and Bandung. Tens of Indonesian jazz performers participated in the pre-events.

The annual Java Jazz Festival is one of the largest jazz festivals in the world, and arguably the biggest in Asia. Don’t miss this event!