The Jakarta Post
The majestic sight of Prambanan Temple in Yogyakarta. Scheduled to take place on Indonesia's 73rd Independence Day long weekend, the theme of this year's Prambanan Jazz Festival is "Music, Experience and Masterpiece". (Shutterstock/File)
Singer Diana Krall and boyband Boyzone are set to perform at the 2018 Prambanan Jazz Festival, which is slated for Aug. 17-19 at the Prambanan Temple complex in Yogyakarta, Central Java.
Scheduled to take place on Indonesia's 73rd Independence Day long weekend, the theme of the festival this year is "Music, Experience and Masterpiece".
"The festival will begin at 2 p.m.," Anas Syahrul Alami, Rajawali Communication's chief executive officer, announced recently, as quoted by Tempo.co.
Canadian pianist and singer Diana Krall will headline the festival this year, and is set to perform on Aug. 18 on the Rorojonggrang stage. Krall is a two-time Grammy Award-winning singer, grabbing a Best Jazz Vocal Performance in 1997 and Best Jazz Vocal Album in 2002. The 53-year-old musician has also been nominated eight times at the prestigious US music awards.
Boyzone, an Irish boy band that gained popularity in the 2000s, is also slated to perform at the event on Aug. 19. The band, which will celebrate their 25th anniversary this year, is also expected to release a new album. At Prambanan Jazz Festival, Boyzone is set to sing their greatest hits, such as "No Matter What", "Love Me for a Reason" and "Every Day I Love You".
With the festival set against the backdrop of Prambanan Temple, the Special Show stage this year will feature a different seating concept for the audience, with tiered stands and a standing floor section in front of the stage with the aim of creating a more comprehensive experience.
Included in the line up for the Special Show's first day is KahitRan, a collaboration project between bands Kahitna and RAN.
This year's event will also feature more singers, including HIVI!, Letto, Java Jive, Barasuara, Father and Son (Yovie Widianto and Arsy), Rendy Pandugo, Jikustik, GIGI, Yura Yunita, Sierra Sutedja, The Rain, IWA K, as well as Stars and Rabbit. "Many more we will be announced soon," Anas said.
Prambanan Jazz Festival director Bakkar Wibowo noted that the promotional artwork for the event would involve Yogyakarta's best artists, with the goal of promoting local creations. "Culinary tourism with also feature with a pasar kangen (streetfood market) around the vicinity," Bakkar said.
"An event like this will definitely increase the number of tourists," said Ricky Siahaan, marketing and services director at PT Taman Wisata Candi Borobudur, Prambanan and Ratu Boko, adding it would have a positive impact on the local economy. (liz/wen)