Music is the rhythm of urban life. Being one of the most populous cities in the world, Jakarta appears as an emerging market for music industry. In conjunction with the spread of globalization wave, Jakarta citizens become more familiar with various music genres over and above music performers across the world. International singers, groups, or bands consider themselves to visit Jakarta due to immense public demand for performances. Along with the escalating number of concerts and music festivals, Jakarta turns out to be one of international music performers’ main destinations in Asia.
Many reputable international singers and musicians shortlist Jakarta as a destination city within their world tours in recent years. Katy Perry, Jessie J, Justin Bieber, Elton John, Roxette, New Kids on the Block, Backstreet Boys, Jason Mraz, Maroon 5, and David Guetta are some big names in music industry that came to Jakarta in 2012. Those artists favor to perform in Jakarta because great numbers of urbanites are loyal fans of theirs. Jakarta also flourishes as the home of international music festivals. JakJazz Festival, Java Rockin’ Land, Java Soulnation, Jakarta Blues Festivaland Jakarta International Java Jazz Festival are the instances of large-scale music festivals held annually in Jakarta. During several days of the events, renowned musicians gather and perform in noteworthy feasts that enable people to enjoy the breezy music atmosphere. Besides the concerts, the music festivals do not merely attract citizens of Jakarta and other cities in Indonesia, but it also allures guests from neighboring countries and relatively distant countries to some extent.
Almost all music venues are situated in Senayan quarter. Plenary Hall Jakarta Convention Center, Istora Senayan, and Tennis Indoor Senayan are allegedly international entertainers’ most favorite venues for performances. Recently a lot of concerts are stood in Ancol Bay City Recreational Park, specifically at Mata Elang International Stadium and Ocean Ecopark. A larger venue than the aforementioned ones is Jakarta International Expo Kemayoran where the Java Jazz Festival has been regularly conducted per annum since 2010. Another popular venue for concerts is Sentul International Convention Center; a newly-established venue located about 30 km southward Jakarta. Additionally, some indie acts bring about their performances in cultural centers, hotel ballrooms, even cafés or clubs in downtown Jakarta.
The massive numbers of concerts and music festivals in Jakarta indicate that Jakarta has been regarded as a major city of music shows in Asia. People don’t have to fly abroad for watching concerts or attending music festivals because many world’s prominent singers, groups, or bands stop by in Jakarta. The frequent visits of international artists, great concerts, plus dazzling festivals imply that Jakarta is a favorable host city for world-scale music events. In the past years, Jakarta has been sprucing and straightening up to be a more benign city for residents and visitors. Moreover, the governments of Jakarta Special Capital Region and private developers cooperatively improve supporting infrastructures as well as manage the safety in order to magnetize both artists and fans. In such a way, the advancements brace the eminence of Jakarta on global entertainers.
Jakarta develops as the rising target for international music market alongside the city development. Stay updated, mark your calendars, get the tickets, and see your idols in Jakarta.