There’s been a lot of talk recently about a certain rabbit coming to town, and no, we’re not talking about the one who brings us chocolate or the one who lead Alice into Wonderland! You may notice we’ve been a little quiet here about this weekend’s Black Rabbit festival, due partly to BD being away this weekend and not wanting to think about what he’s missing. So BD close your eyes & block your ears for a minute, while I talk up what I’m up to this weekend!
So it’s the end of summer and I know you’re probably thinking “Another festival? Haven’t I already seen all the bands at other festivals? Why is this one special?” Well, the short answer is “When was the last time you saw Ludacris in China?”
And the long answer … this festival is trying to do something different, they’ve got international acts (Grandmaster Flash, 30 Seconds to Mars, Yellowcard), they’ve got some big name mainstream Chinese acts (HeBe, CiaCia, Peng Tan) and then they’ve got our favourite local indie bands (Carsick Cars, Hanggai, Nanwu). They’re trying to combine the best of International and Chinese festivals in one day, to cover all the bases and have something everyone will want to listen to. Seriously if they can pull this thing off inside the city limits, without the anti-fun police shutting them down or an international artist going drama queen and still give us some alcoholic refreshments to get us through, then it’s going to be an awesome day.
You’re probably not gonna see me checking out HeBe and despite my buddy G’s persistence (by giving me her usb that has them labeled as Beastie Boys!) I am not 30STM’s biggest fan, but here are 5 acts I’m looking forward to seeing:
Rainbow Danger Club (Shanghai) – I am stupidly excited that these guys are coming up to Beijing! If you haven’t already checked out their beautiful album ‘Where Maps End’ do yourself a favour and check out their bandcamp now!
Marianne Diassard (France) – If you like Mademoiselle and Hot Club of Beijing, then don’t miss this French-American singer-songwriter.
Wang Wen 惘闻 (Dalian) – No idea how I haven’t heard of them before, since they’ve been around for over 10 years! They cite my favourite band, Smashing Pumpkins, as an influence and I can hear it in their meloncolic rock.
Omnipotent Youth Society 万能青年旅店 (Shijiazhuang) – BD has mentioned them a few times here, I have their album and love it, but this will be my first time to see the Shizza rockers live. They’re scheduled for the same time at Rainbow Danger Club, so this is going to be a tough choice!
If you haven’t got your tickets yet, you’ve missed out on a sweet discount, but you still have time to grab one (from these super convenient places)so you won’t miss out on all the fun! So pull out your rabbit ears (or kitten ears, I know we all have a set of those hanging round) and hop down to Chaoyang Gymnasium this saturday to check it out!