Qingdao Kapow

Posted by Pete DeMola on 4. Sep 2009

This year has proven to be better than the last on the outdoor festival front, with a flurry of activity satiating even the most grizzled of concert vets.

We've had the recently-wrapped Summer Pilot Music Festival here in Beijing, last month's inaugural InMusic festival in northwest Hebei and the upcoming Modern Sky Music Festival 2009, which will go down right here in Beijing's Chaoyang Park from Oct 4-7, and will feature the Buzzcocks, Shonen Knife, the Futureheads, the (International) Noise Conspiracy and dozens of domestic artists.

But the summer concert season isn't over yet, folks.

Fans of beaches, guitars, seafood and colorful drinks with umbrellas would do well in heading east to the Golden Beach Music Festival 2009, which will take place from Sept 12-14 in Qingdao, Shandong Province.

Over 40 bands, primarily those from the metal canon, will perform on two stages, ranging from the young and hip (24 Hours, the Molds) to the usual suspects (Zhou Yunpeng, SUBS, PB33) to the virtually unknown (Rosa, I/O管, 刘2.)

Most are from Beijing.

The lone Qingdao band appears to the Dama Llamas, an eclectic quintet who blend elements of progressive rock, white boy hip hop and funk. Demerit, who are originally from Qingdao but call Beijing home (or do they?), will perform as well.

Rock legends X.T.X. (pictured above), Su Yang and Nuclear Fusion-G will headline.

The festival's defining characteristic, besides being absolutely free, is its laidback location: the Caribbean Bar, a rock-themed live music venue smack dab on the Huangdao Golden Beach.

Positioned at the southernmost point of Huangdao Peninsula -- or southwest across the straight from downtown Qingdao -- the beach is said to be the longest stretch of untainted sand in the city, which beats quaffing cheap beers and headbanging on white-hot concrete strips and dusty fields by a landslide.

Ample hotels are available, the swimming is claimed to better than that in neighboring Qingdao and ample local food will be available on-site.

The entire band lineup can be viewed here, directions here.

Roundtrip flight tickets to Qingdao will set you back a pricy 1100 RMB, so you will probably want to take a train. They leave from Beijing South and West stations daily, with seats ranging from 110-330 RMB. Click here and here (中文) to book your trip.

Visit the event page on WLIB here.

X.T.X. photo courtesy of the organizers.

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