And so, Beijing’s ascension into the annals as the city with the most music festivals in the world ever continues. We are moving into a complicated holiday period, due to the fact that the mid autumn holiday is snuggled up close to the October Golden Week. For those of you (like us) who are relatively confused, this means that Wednesday 22nd September is a holiday, with the 23rd and 24th also officially days off. To make up for this, you must work one day of the weekend before and one of the weekend after. The country will close down 1-7 October for the national vacation. Confused? We thought so…
Anyway, there are another 3 festivals hitting Beijing over that period. Check ‘em out here:
MODERN SKY FESTIVAL 2009 We’d been planning to go up to Beijing for a while. The combination of the 60th Anniversary of China’s Communist Party, a city with artificially beautiful skies, and the Buzzcocks playing the Modern Sky Festival in ChaoYang Park in the middle of it all was too much to resist. Of course, the hugely unfortunate cancellation of all 14 international artists from the bill added a sense of mystery. Why had it happened?
On Twitter this morning, a friend that we follow wished the Chinese Communist Party a happy 60th Birthday. Well, the powers that be are doing everything possible to make sure the party is as turgid and dull as it can be. Off the back of the banning of all foreign artists from the Modern Sky Festival (HERE and HERE), it seems like the ban is nationwide.
and most amusing is the fact that seminal 70′s punk band the Buzzcocks will be playing the 60th birthday celebrations of China’s beloved Communist Party. For this is the only reason that Modern Sky are able to get the festival approved during such a sensitive time – the Modern Sky Festival is a major part of the celebrations.
Modern Sky Festival haven’t released the artist list for their festival yet, but this snippet from someone in the know on the Chinese interweb says that currently it is a straight pick between 2 artists. One is unknown, the other is model citizen, harmonious individual, and all round reliable guy, Mr. Pete Doherty. Stick that in your 60th Anniversary and smoke it…
So, the powers-that-be have decreed that there will be a lockdown on licensing between 15/9 and 15/10 in this year, 2009, the 60th anniversary of the Communist Party. Certainly in Beijing, probably all over China, especially in light of the issues in the Western regions in recent months. We have this from 2 well placed individuals independently, so while not gospel, it seems like there will be some kind of restrictions in place over those 4 weeks.
Over at our friend Douban.com, Modern Sky have announced their October festival. As we said HERE (a couple of weeks back), the festival will move from Haidian Park in Beijing’s outer North Westerly regions, to Chaoyang Park, right in the centre. The festival will last 4 days from 4-7 October, and apparently (the lineup is still TBA), over half of the bands on the main stage will be foreign.
It seems that Beijing’s Modern Sky Festival may have found a new home. After the recent difficulties with Haidian Park, Modern Sky have decided to flex their guanxi that bit harder by taking on the mother of all public spaces – Chaoyang Park.