well, I guess this might be one of the worst kept secrets in Beijing folks but it’s time to make this baby official: When I set out to organize ‘dazeFEAST last year in June, I had absolutely no idea it turn into a gigantic party with over 800 people showing up at 2 Kolegas on a sunny June afternoon. I also had no idea that Beijing would grace us with such a beautiful day considering that the previous Thursday, the city was flooded beyond belief with cars literally floating about the streets. ‘dazeFEAST was so mind-blowing that i figured it best to just make it a one off and keep the memories. As the months went by and people asked, my answer stayed the same: No Way… It Ain’t gonna be the same…. too mafan… An then I thought better of it… ‘dazeFEAST was about celebration, friends, music, good times and just partying it out with my music buddies in my favorite venue in town! It’s got no standards to live-up to and as long as myself and the musicians are there, we have enough people to drink the bar empty! So guess what folks? for the third year anniversary of the blog 摇滚朋友们，大家好！ 不好意思等这么久才通知你们。因为最近特别忙，而且最近的音乐节较多，我怕太早通知大家也不太好。虽然通知发的比较晚，但我还希望大家都期待参加这年的‘dazeFeast！ You’ve asked! They’ve asked! They volunteered, I Agreed!! Say Hello to ‘dazeFEAST 2012!!! what: ‘dazeFEAST 2012 when: Saturday June 23rd 2012 – Starting at 4:00 p.m. where: 2 Kolegas who: my favorite bands as well as anyone who appreciates a good party how much: No [...]
it started with a bang at 2 Kolegas as Buyi, Nucleus, Rustic and Subs rocked the hell out of the drive-in. That was one hell of a good show to start the year and remains in the top ten of best shows in Beijing for 2011. Many bands came, some vanished, others just took a break and some just lost any guidance… how did they fare IMHO? Let’s check it out! Here are some random musings about the best, the worst and the mediocre from my BIASED perspective! AK47 @ MIDI: Never been a huge AK47 fan but this past MIDI, they put on the performance of a lifetime! The crowd was all in it at the side stage, moshing, screaming, jumping, singing…. IT was a trance-like state for almost everyone there! The music was heavy, loud, sharp like a razor blade and was the perfect accompaniment for dust storms. The Black Snakes @ ‘dazeFEAST: Holly mother of god were these cats impressive! I had no idea what to expect when i added them to the bill other than they were friends of Kang Mao. Boy am i glad! Their energy was out of this world, stage antics second to none, sweating it out and getting the audience in a frenzy! That was just beautiful! Thank you again guys! SUBS @ King of the Road: When all was going to hell with drunk people in the audience, douchebags and 2 Kolegas filled to the brim, Kang Mao and her gang [...]
Good friends Dude have been working on this little MV for a while now after shooting the footage over a gruesome 5 hours during ‘dazeFEAST at 2 Kolegas while everyone else was partying http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMzEzNzEwNjI4.html The song, Xiao Long Ren 小龙人， comes from a the popular Little Dragon Boy Children show but the video that DUDE did is not for children. These guys knack for parodies and wordplay in Chinese continues to amaze me. They’re starting to get a bit of name recognition now and were tapped to play this weekend’s Beijinger Anniversary party where a bunch of people were fairly impressed. Going back to the video, you can notice a few cameos by a few ‘dazeFEAST goers as well as Reflector’s Li Peng just to name a few.. Having witnessed them filming the damn thing, it’s really cool to see the final product.
I’m not sure where to start reviewing this baby because it’s so close to my heart and it’s very very very freaking biased but here comes folks! It’s gonna be a long one so buckle up and get a cup of coffee! I’ll start off by thanking 2 Kolegas for being the perfect venue and the Beijing Meteorological Bureau for their outmost cooperation. I need to thank the amazing Ruby for being at my side throughout the whole thing and helping keep the show rolling smooth. Trust me folks, dealing with 15 bands and their schedules was not an easy feat and she was a freaking Champ. Couldn’t have pulled it through without you babe! Thank you to Iris, Grace, Fiona and Mo Mo for manning the merch table I also need to thank Jaime Welton of Black Cat Bone/Bad Mamasan for cutting his vacation short to come and play ‘dazeFEAST no matter how hard that was. Huge thanks go out to Yang from Painkiller Mag and Rock in China for sorting out the Orange Amps Another big ups for Chery Bomb of the Flying Mantas for helping get flyers sorted out Thanks to Lauren Johnson, nightlife editor at City Weekend for the huge support she provided over the past few weeks. Thanks to Timeout, The Beijinger, Beijing Boyce, Beijing Gig Guide and Music Dish China and all others for also listing the event. A huge round of applause to all the bands and musicians because without the bands, there [...]
Hope you got some rest last weekend folks cause this upcoming one will require some serious stamina from all of you considering all the fun stuff taking place in Beijing over the next few days! so, what we got? Wednesday June 22nd: Misandao @ Mao: Misandao is tons of fun! I love these guys because they’re genuinely punk to the bone, skinhead bootboys that bring on the Oi punk like no one else. I just saw them last week at Mao and they have not lost a beat. Newcomers, The Rudeness, open things with their brand of ska/reggae/punk. Not a bad humpday gig Thursday June 23: Paper Tigre & RE-TROS @ Yugong Yishan: I couldn’t care less about papier tigre but any opportunity to watch the RE-TROS should be cherished.. these cats perform with such amazing passion. Label them whatever you want, they put on a show each and everytime that cannot leave you indifferent. Ember & Jess @ 2Kolegas: Take Ember Swift with her folk pop and the Laowai Song, Jess Meider’s Heavenly Stems and you got yourself a lovely night of lilith fair type music to sooth you soul by. Friday June 24th: Beijing Prom @ The Bookworm: This one is so bizarre that it deserves a mention. Our good friend the Prom Queen has decided to go back in time and party like it was 1990 for those that remember the era. You’re expected to dress for Prom, with heavy emphasis on sequins, then mingle with likeminded [...]