We haven’t heard much about Zebra Music Festival this year. Perhaps that’s because they have sold themselves lock stock and barrel to a Suzhou Amusement Park (or so it seems). So if you don’t fancy Midi in Shanghai this weekend, you can always head up the road and catch some local pop music while adrenalin junkying on the rides.
Check out the website here
Wang Feng, Wang Xiaokun and Yi Chen headline
Zebra will be back in Chengdu during the May holiday featuring Stanley Huang and Wang Feng. Some awesome beer bottle branding on the official site.
Carsick Cars are in Austin, playing SxSW with Queen Sea Big Shark courtesy of Converse. If you want to see them when they get back from the US, you may have to go somewhere different than normal. For the first band of Chinese alternative music are playing somewhere very strange indeed. Hangzhou Stadium, to be precise, on April 9, with Wang Xiaokun and the actress Wang Luodan, all courtesy of Coca Cola.
Is this brave or foolhardy? For a band affectionately dubbed the Chinese equivalent of Sonic Youth, it seems like a bizarre mix indeed. Has Coke thought context, or have they pulled in a band that they think are famous but don’t understand why? Will a stadium full of mainstream fans of the famous actress and the famous pop star be turned on or off by a band that take their cues from noise and avant garde rather than honey and sugar, or will Carsick Cars become the first truly mainstream alt band in China? It’s certainly something we will be watching with interest – it could be genius: what do we know?
FYI, they are the guys and girls with coke bottle tops over their heads.
SmartShanghai have shown us the way. What was once the JZ festival is now the Shanghai Music Festival, and they have just announced the lineup. SmartShanghai has it in full HERE. You can reach the JZ Music Festival Shanghai (yeah, we don’t really know what it is called) in its full glory HERE.
From a Chinese “star power” perspective, the lineup has most certainly stepped up its game. Wang Xiaokun, Zhang Xuan, Zheng Jun will all get the poppets up and attem.