Hot from our email inboxes, we’ve just received word that this weekend’s INTRO Festival has been moved from it’s ancestral home at 751 D-Park to Crab Island Resort, outside the 5th Ring Road.
From Acupuncture Founder and INTRO organiser Miao Wong’s email to media:
“Even though INTRO got stamped paper from Ministry of Culture, Government of Chaoyang District, local police still don’t allow it to take place at 751 D-Park. We were required to move to a venue outside of 5th ring. But the good news is, there is a very cool place, Xiedao ICEC（http://www.xiedaoicec.com), only 30min drive from 751 D-Park. And, thanks to the venue change, with the same line-up, now we can party later, until midnight! And after party at Lantern Club continues!”
Buses will be available departing from 751 D-Park in 798 and Wudaokou to Crab Island starting from 1pm. 10 RMB round-trip will get you to the new venue.
Best of luck to the organisers and attendees for this weekend’s festivities. Look for a full review after the event next week!
For their third consecutive edition of the INTRO Beijing Electronic Music Festival, the Acupuncture team couldn’t have chosen a better day in terms of weather, that one variable which is always out of anyone’s control. The weather gods imparted their grace on all of Beijing’s party-goers, as INTRO kicked off in the afternoon on 21 May for two very sunny, windless days of ecstatic raving. Spirits were high and scantily clad people were numerous. Upon arriving, I gazed smilingly at some euphorically head-banging silhouettes drenched from head to toe: these people had put the fountain near the Electro stage to good use. This year – as always – the organizers had boasted that 20000 people were to gather in a 46,000 square meters area, with a total of more than 80 artists from China and abroad playing on three stages. Having changed the venue very last-minute from Tongzhou Canal Park to it’s trusted location in 751 D-Park (798 art district) to avoid the same ticketing and drinks problems reported at this year’s edition of Strawberry Festival, Acupuncture had made all preparations for a memorable 2011 edition of INTRO.
Acupuncture had notified on their website that tickets should best be purchased in advance. Ironically, or maybe logically, problems with ticketing still arose: those who were on the guest list had to validate their tickets before three in the afternoon, which meant dreadfully long queues and undoubtedly a fair amount of latecomers who couldn’t make it into the venue in time.
In spite of INTRO’s wonderfully sounding ethos of ‘ideas reaching out’, we were clearly not meant to reach out beyond the fences of 751 D-Park for booze. Leaving the premises meant having to purchase a new ticket to get back in. However, bag-checking at the main entrance was rather random, so those with a confident enough stride and nothing – except maybe a bottle of baijiu – to lose, probably had no troubles getting their drink on.
It seems that Beijing is going through a prohibition style dry period. After alcohol bans at Strawberry and Pinggu over the May holiday, China’s (only?) electronic festival have decided to move away from their planned Tongzhou Canal Park location and back to the old gaff at D-Park 751. Why they can sell booze there and not at the Canal Park is a mystery to us, but it does seem like a bizarre contradiction. Still, there’s nothing as illogical as the BJPSB.
We’ve also heard rumblings that KAMA Love Fest might also be facing venue issues. Beijing seems to be both the hottest and coldest place on earth for music festivals right now.
The BBC recently did a documentary series on how the economic crisis has hit in China. This short excerpt focuses on “house music” (the guy is an economist – we mustn’t expect him to know about Acupuncture’s Minimal offering) and in particular the Intro Festival that we reviewed HERE
You can view the video and our good friend Chozie (trying not to look “altered”)
Electronica, and particularly minimal, has been engulfing Beijing in recent times, largely due to the enthusiasm of the Acupuncture crew. Their ambition knows no bounds, and in little over 12 months, this DJ/ Production outfit have served up some of the most progressive shows that Beijing has seen. We sent along our least techno-headed techno head to see if Acupuncture could transform him into someone who can tell Gui Boratto from Jazzanova, Jeff Mills from Jeff Lang. We were surprised at the results…