The final curtain seems to be coming for the Zhijiang Dream Factory. According to the management, Shanghai’s first mid sized venue will be turned into offices in May.
The venue shot to prominence in early 2009 with a series of shows from Shanghai promoters including the inaugural JUE Festival shows (a Maybe Mars showcase and Demerit), Ratatat, Battles, and local showcase Get in the Van!
In September 2009, Beijing based label Modern Sky took three of their bands on a road trip across the US of A. You can read all about it HERE. It was the subject of some fierce debate.
The tour was actually a precursor for Modern Sky’s ambitious Sing for China album, which was in the making for a couple of years, and was released in January this year. It was a Herculean effort: 44 tracks spanning 3 CDs, featuring artists from all over the world, with a predominance understandably to Modern Sky artists. Independent record labels Kill Rock Stars, DFA, Vice and 4AD are represented, alongside a single banner name: Yoko Ono.
You can see the full tracklisting HERE, and you can see the 4* average review HERE.
As regular patrons of this blog will already know, we started some highly charged and emotional discussion around 6 weeks ago with our post about the new deal up at Shanghai’s only mid sized live room, the 500 capacity Zhijiang Dream Factory. You can read the discourse here.