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Modern Sky Festival 2009 – in review

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?

Chinese authorities at Modern Sky Music Festival

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Modern Sky 2009 Photo Gallery

Modern Sky 2009 review to follow tomorrow.  In the meantime, check out some photos (especially our favorite – PSB playing Rambo)!!

It’s true – Modern Sky Festival decimated

After proudly claiming that “at least half the bands on the main stage will be foreign”, Modern Sky Festival has been rocked by the news (reported HERE yesterday) that no foreign artists will be able to perform the festival this year.  We assume this is in large part to prevent the Buzzcocks from igniting the masses into frenzies of anti-capitalism!!

This reminds us (as if we were ever in danger of forgetting) that we are doing business in a very hostile environment. Indeed, much progress has been made in recent years, but it will be hard for the music industry in China to develop any sense of solidity and purpose until these kinds of mistakes are erased. The official statement is below.

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It’s official – Modern Sky 2009 lineup announced

And so Modern Sky confirm the rumours.  No real surprises, with nightly headliners being:

the Futureheads, Shonen Knife, Radio 4

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.

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