Saving the Best For Last

Posted by Pete DeMola on 19. Aug 2010

By Neil Bhullar

QINGDAO, AUG 18 -- Three days of music by some of China's most cutting edge alternative artists, all on one of the best stretches of sand in Qingdao city makes for an explosive climax to a very vibrant summer.

Huangdao's Golden Beach has recently been more encouraging of alternative events than Qingdao's 1-6 and the Old Stone Man, testified for by this month's second-annual beach football tournament, and September's Golden Beach Music Festival, running from Sept 3-5.

Event coordinators and Huangdao natives Fu Tong (付彤) and Liu Siyuan (刘思远 ) are now in their third year of organizing the event, and they spoke to us on one of our increasingly frequent visits to the yellow side of the bay.

What makes this year different from last year's Golden Beach Music Festival?

Fu Tong: The stage is going to be even bigger. Last year, it was 180m², which is pretty big, but this year we are going to increase it to 260m² and have it facing the sea. The whole area will be cordoned off. Also, it will be on Friday, Saturday and Sunday which is more convenient than before. This year, we are going to charge admission. Last year it was free, but that didn't really help us much.

How much will it cost?

50 RMB/day or 100 RMB for the whole three days.

What about accommodation?

Liu Si Yuan: A lot of festivalers just roughed it on the beach last year -- we highly recommend bringing a tent if you're planning on that. Alternatively, there are a few cheap travel hotels around and some higher budget hotels in Huangdao's downtown area.

Who are your favourite bands performing?

Fu: Of course I like them all, they are mostly all personal friends anyway. I particularly want to see Demerit again, a local Qingdao punk band. Last year they did a great set then the singer brought his mum on stage and did a song with her. The festival was kind of a homecoming for them.

Liu: It's not about one band. For me, celebrating music with loads and loads of my old friends next to the sea, on the beach in my hometown is a wonderful experience.

Anything else going on in Huangdao's music scene?

Liu: We are preparing a brand new, as-yet-unnamed venue on the roof of the Huangdao Creative Youth Centre (东鲁意产业园). It will become a music venue with a rooftop garden. Hopefully it will be finished in a few months, maybe even around the time of the festival. When the Jiaozhou Bay bridge is finished, hopefully people from Qingdao will be able to come over here for gigs more conveniently.

2010年金沙滩音乐节

9月3-5日

在这个清爽的九月,"晒阳光、听音乐、跑沙滩",让我们在这三天彻底放松心情,2010金沙滩音乐节欢迎您。也别错过本月举行的金沙滩足球锦标赛。

活动协调员是黄岛本地人付彤和刘思远,这是他们第三年参与活动组织,并向红星详细介绍了此次活动。

今年和去年的不同在于:首先,舞台加大了。去年是180平米,虽说已经是足够大了,但今年我们的舞台将做成260平米,面朝大海。并将整个活动区域围起来。其次,活动在周末举办,时间比去年更加方便。再次,今年我们将象征性收取门票。50元/天或者100元/3天。

住宿方面:去年很多观众直接露宿沙滩,我们建议观众自备帐篷。同时,附近也有便宜的旅社和高档宾馆可供选择。

作为活动协调员,几乎所有的乐队都已经和付彤成为了朋友。但其还是期待,再次观看青岛本土朋克乐队过失的表演。去年,他们曾有精彩表演,还邀请乐手的母亲一同上台演出。作为本土乐队,大有回娘家的感觉。这已不是一支支乐队的事情,而是和我的老友们,在我的家乡美丽的金沙滩一起享受音乐的美妙经历。

此外,我们正准备在黄岛东鲁意产业园顶层创办一个全新的品牌,目前还没想好名称。那里将会是一个屋顶花园式音乐表演地。希望在未来的几个月内就可完工,也许还能赶在音乐节时完成。当胶州湾湾跨海大桥建成后,希望可以方便更多来此观看演出的朋友。

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9月3日-实验音乐节

Fri, Sept 3: New/Experimental Sounds

21.30 Wang Fan + Wu Quan 王凡+武权
20.40 Ma Feisan 麻沸散
19.50 Li Tieqiao 李铁桥
19.00 Mizou Shenjing (Li Jianhong + Vavabond) 迷走神经(李剑鸿+Vavabond)
18.10 Feng Hao 冯昊
17.20 Wangzi Heng + Li Zenghui 王子衡+李增辉
16.30 Li Daiguo 李带菓
15.40 Li Qing + Fu Sha 李清+浮砂
14.50 Song Yuzhe + Hetao Shi 宋雨哲+核桃室

9月4日-摇滚音乐节

Sat, Sept 4: The Rock N' Roll Day

22.20 The Sand 沙子
21.30 SUBS 杀不死
20.40 Slap 耳光
19.50 Pipedream Princess 黄粱公主
19.00 Escape Plan (Tao Pao Ji Hua) 逃跑计划
18.10 SS20 (Germany/德国)
17.20 The Dama Llamas 大妈辣妈
16.30 Maze 迷宫
15.40 S.A.W. 锯
14.50 Sassy Kraimspri (Norway/挪威)
14.00 Stackers (Japan/日本)

9月5日 - 向90年代中国摇滚致敬

Sun, Sept 5: Homage to the 90s

21.30 Tang Dynasty 唐朝
20.40 Fall Insects 秋天的虫子
19.50 Demerit 过失
19.00 Happy Avenue 幸福大街
18.10 Green Monkey 绿猴子
17.20 The Strikers (Korea/韩国)
16.30 Colour Changing Butterfly 变色蝴蝶
15.40 Carrchy 卡奇社
14.50 Low Wormwood 低苦艾
14.00 Chuanzi 川子

A previous version of this article appeared in the August 2010 issue of REDSTAR magazine; We've reposted it here with the author's permission. Cover image courtesy of festival organizers Sea-hi.




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