News To Ooze: No Megadeth, Welcome Apocalyptica, Beijinger Showcase, Punk & Hardcore Festivals
Well well well… Megadeth’s show on August 3rd has been “postponed” until further notice. This doesn’t really come as a surprise. 2 weeks to the show, no prices were announced, no advertising was printing etc.. I’m not sure the folks from Guitar China have any credibility left outside of a few hardcore fan who believe their “we’re the victim” cries. They had a major fuck up with Dream Theatre not too long ago and now they pulled off this one. The consensus since day one was that it was impossible that Megadeth would be playing Tango: Too small, they’re too expensive and somethings just didn’t add up.
On the other hand, Apocalyptica is confirmed to play at Yugong Yishan this September. Originally, rumors had them playing Beijing earlier this summer at the workers’ gym but nothing came out of that. They are reportedly confirmed for September 7th at Yugong Yishan which has the potential for being a madhouse considering the legions of Metallica fans in China and how this is the closest they’ll get to it for a little while. They’re also playing Mao Live in Shanghai.
The Beijinger has announced the lineup for their New Music Showcase at 2 Kolegas. Looking good with Subs, Bad Mamasan, Residence A, Amazing Insurance Salesmen, Not There etc…. I can’t complain: half the bands on the lineup were there for ‘dazeFEAST.
Hoever, I’m kinda bummed a little bit though because I really was hoping they’d go out and help discover new bands, bring in something fresh and unknown. Pretty much all the bands on the lineup have been around for years and years now. Still, the even should be loads of fun with the promise of Free flowing beer for 7 hours and even some lamb apparently. They’ve also just now added the words “mystery guests” so I’m thinking it’s gonna be worth that 100rmb admission fee
The Beijing Punk Festival is BACK, bigger and badder than ever. This year, it’s held over two days (August 18/19) with all the usual suspects gathering at Mao Livehouse. They’ve pulled the big guns out bringing in a slew of acts from Japan and elsewhere. The usual suspects will be there like Misandao, SUBS, Unregenerate Blood and more. This has become one of my favorite events of the year as there’s always some new band I’ve never heard off kicking ass. Last year’s surprise was The Last Choice from Changsha.. let’s see what this year brings.
Finally, the good kids from Unregenerate Blood have managed to setup the 1st HARDCORE festival for late august. All the usual Beijing suspects will be there but even more so, King fucking Ly Chee will be back in Beijing for this one. If you’ve read my review of their Beijing gig a few months back, then you know those guys killed it!! this is a no miss….
a lot coming up in August…we’re still gonna be rocking.