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  • Writer's pictureMichael Bugeja


Four – that’s the magic number behind this year’s Rock the South festival! That’s four as in this will be the fourth edition of this annual gathering at Zion in Marsascala, which has this year been expanded to a four-day event (9-12 April) and will feature more than 44 acts, among them four foreign acts. The live acts will be performing alternately on two stages, further to which, for the first time since the festival was launched, there will also be a Silent Disco with Hedon Crew and powered by PowerHouse Ltd, featuring a variety of genres, from indie, punk and dub to electro-swing, ghetto funk, dubstep and more.

The final line-up of the festival was announced last week-end, soon after the results of the Battle of the North contest came to an end last Saturday. Pyramid Suns and Central Strip came out on top to clinch the remaining two slots at this year’s Rock the South festival. Further to these two upcoming bands, the festival will also feature another two new bands this year, namely Dull Eyed Lama and Crux, which are essentially new projects featuring some familiar faces from the local indie scene.

The four foreign acts include Frenchman Brozer, who has already built up a local following in the course of his various sporadic appearances in recent months. Another familiar name is that of AIM, the Italian band who raised the roof more than once in previous editions. The band will be performing their blazing trademark garage rock riffage and an extended repertoire featuring new tunes off their latest album, Finalmente a casa. French band Temps Mort will be letting rip with their hardcore metal and last but not least, UK band Zatopeks will bring a taste of riveting punk-pop to the fray.

Of particular note, during this year’s edition London-based singer-songwriter Berne will be launching her debut EP, late-1990s alternative act Friday PM will be making a comeback and there will also be a revival of the notorious Festaħwid (if you’ve been to one before, you know what to expect) on the closing night. For more information, visit

Ticket info

Earlybird 4-day ticket : € 35 4-day ticket: € 40 2-day ticket (for any day): € 25 1-day ticket: € 15 Line-up

Thursday April 9

Geddumu, The Violent Violets, The Cosmic Erotic, Jane Doe, Central Strip

Berne, YEWS, Kriz Haze, The Busker

Friday April 10

Bass Culture, Brodu, Sempliciment Tat - Triq, Mistura

China (Three Stops to China), Fuzzhoneys, Juno and the Wolf, Dull Eyed Lama

Saturday April 11

CRUX, Aim (IT), Cable35, The Areola Treat, Clandestines, Pyramid Suns

Friday PM, For Strings Inn, Bark Bark Disco, Massacre House Party

Sunday April 12

Brozer (FR), Zatopeks (UK), Rage Against Society, Batteries Not Included, Dripht

Temps Mort (FR), Norm Rejection, Krishna, Mikaela

Sunday afternoon chill out

Cushion, Xarulu' acoustic duo

Silent Disco by Hedon crew powered by Power house featuring Electro-Swing Malta, Chris Radium, Gedz D, Clint (Dolls for Idols), Flien (PDM), I.YOU, Fre (Brodu), Earthrocker, Lauvemaax, Mike Bugeja, FDM Crew, Geddumu, Brozer and Gorgobot.

Rock the South would like to thank Amrita Footcare and Wellness Center, Xfm 100.2, Taste Nirvana Coconut water Malta, Ċekċik - Ethnic & Vintage Bazaar, The Tat Shack, Bongo Nyah, Tal-Ostja, Sun-Sounds, ĠUGAR Hangout & Bar, Rookies, ROCKNA, Trackage Scheme, Reciprocal Records Services, TSS Sound Rentals, Multiman and Panda Design.


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