Rocktoberfest heads to Torii Beach

Army Morale, Welfare and Recreation is sponsoring Rocktoberfest this weekend on Torii Beach, bringing the German style festival to the island. “This isn’t your ordinary Oktoberfest,” says Army MWR.  “Rocktoberfest is all the fun of the German style Oktoberfest.”  Some of the best rock bands Okinawa has to offer will be performing, and the beer will be flowing.

Justin K. Evers of Torii MWR says “This is a great opportunity for Okinawans and Americans to get together for a festival on the beach,” adding that “these are the bands most of you see playing downtown.  Now, we have them all on one stage.”

“The event is perfectly set on a weekend, before both a Japanese and American holiday,” Evers points out, “so everyone is off Monday.  We’ll have plenty of German beer, food, a graffiti artist exhibition, BMX riders and more.”  The Rocktoberfest is being co-sponsored by the Army Air Force Exchange Service, which has the beer.

Gates open at 2 p.m., and the shows begin at 3 p.m.  Two U.K. bands are among the 25 slated to perform across the two days.  Saturday bands include F.O.D., 2Side1BRAIN, Dead Label, Merciless Terror, Shady Glimpse, Jigokuguruma, Ender, Fake Kingz, Run-G, Giro-Chin, Wrath of Eidola and Shores.  On Sunday, look for Jet, All Japan Goith, David Ralston, Splash, The Skippers, Maybe-Z, Infexion Lite II, Gun-Ford, Pork’s, Infinity Star World, Coconut Telegraph, Stery and Okilele.

“We have some parking on the beach,” says Evers, “but people can park on the old Yomitan airfield and use our shuttle bus service to the beach.”  He says the back gate to Torii Station will be open, permitting taxis.  He adds “those cool Daiko cars will be on hand, too, to ensure that no one is driving if they’ve been drinking.”

There will be a Car & Bike Show and a BMX Demo, too.