Canggu

SEX, DUCKS, ROCK’N’ROLL

If you  live in Bali and haven’t heard of Made J, then you most probably have zero interest in island’s music scene. This guy is a real Bali rockstar, our very own Jack White and Jimi Hendrix, who has a pet devil living in between the strings of his guitar. He has been busy travelling the world, signing the contracts in Europe, releasing the new albums, rubbing shoulders with some of the musical icons and breaking girls’ hearts, yet he has found some time to finally open his own bar/live gig club in Canggu (where else?).

It’s called Gimme Shelter, same as the Rolling Stones’ smashing hit, one of those anthems that made the year of 1969 so special. You might call it a bar, but it’s way more than just another watering hole (Canggu has plenty of those). Made J has built a temple for his own rebellious rock’n’roll soul and this guy is on the mission to expose the best Indonesia’s rock scene has on offer by bringing the most curious, wild and raw musicians to play on his stage.

It’s all about the experience: ride along the dark street, find a stand alone house with almost no sign and some brutally-looking security guys chain-smoking outside. Walk through the heavy “theater” curtains and find yourself in another dimension, which feels almost like Twin Peaks kind of scene. On a big night, there will be some true local rockers hanging around, with their authentic hand-poked tattoos and pierced faces, mixed with the bearded hipsters and other representatives of Canggu’s signature crowd. The bands whom Made J hand-pick and invite to play are mostly loud, heavy and fun – the genres vary from rockabilly (did you know we have our own Elvis in Bali?) to death metal. There are no fancy cocktails in the bar, only honest, old school, straight-forward spirits with mixers and venue’s specialty poison called Bensin – give it a try if you dare, and blend in!

Go check it out: Gimme Shelter 

Find it: Jl.Lingkar Nelayan (a shortcut in between Nelayan and Batu Bolong)

EXPLORE

other tips around bali

When Bali seems like a bustling metropolis (namely on that Canggu shortcut nowadays, hot damn!), what’s your best bet for a little tropical relaxation? Say it with us now: Nusa Lembongan! And as it’s an easy 30-minute boat ride away, Lembongan can make for a quick weekend getaway or a lengthy castaway experience — it’s … Continued Read more...
Bali certainly has no shortage of boutique hotels. And no shortage of tranquil spas. And definitely no shortage of yoga studios or chic eateries. But the brand new REVĪVŌ Wellness Resorts aims to bring them all together under one tent—or rather, one jaw-droppingly gorgeous patch of sunny, breezy heaven in the hills above Geger Beach in … Continued Read more...
The pursuit of beauty is a never-ending process. Even if we’re diligent in our beauty regimen, stress, the weather and our diet can do a number on our skin. That’s why we need to subject ourselves to the expert hands of a professional every now and then. Eden Life Centres is Seminyak’s newest holistic health … Continued Read more...
Ji is a box of curiosities starting from the first steps. How to enter it, which door to pick – the Gate of Heaven, the Gate of Hate or the Gate of Love? Choices, choices…one thing you need to know for sure, whichever entrance you choose, you gonna end up in paradise anyways! Once you … Continued Read more...