INDONESIA’S Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Sandiaga Uno said music concerts that bring in musicians from abroad have a big influence on tourism in Indonesia.

“Yes, it is very big (the influence) and we will have a Hammersonic concert, there are also many bands from abroad who come to Indonesia because the market is growing,” Sandiaga said when met by the media in Jakarta, Monday (03/06), 2023.

According to Sandiaga, the market for music concerts in Indonesia is growing and the middle class continues to grow. This makes Indonesia an attractive place for big concerts and helps the movement of foreign tourists (wisman) and domestic tourists (wisnus).

“The impact this year is that we hope to create a momentum for 2024 (as many as) 4.4 million jobs. And for these events from the three thousand events that we will initiate, the economic impact is around Rp170 trillion, including large ones such as F1 Powerboat, WSBK, and music events that invite foreign musicians,” Sandiaga said.

Hammersonic Festival is confirmed to be held on March 18-19 at Carnaval Ancol Jakarta after being postponed several times due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The largest rock music festival in the Southeast Asia region was supposed to be held in 2020, then postponed and postponed again in 2021 and 2022.

Hammersonic Festival will bring famous metal and rock bands from abroad such as Slipknot, Trivium, Watain, Saosin, Story of the Year, Black Flag, Vio-lence, Amon Amarth, and Tiny Moving Parts. In total, there will be 53 performers, including domestic metal and rock bands.

In addition to concerts, major international events that have recently been held in Indonesia are the Formula 1 Powerboat World Championship (F1 Powerboat) on February 24-26 in Lake Toba, North Sumatra, and the World Superbike Championship (WSBK) in Mandalika Lombok starting March 3. [sources/photo special]