MMAX Festival:Keeping it local

Sneaking up on us among the big fests, MMAX (玛克思) is being billed as part of “Chaoyang Pop Week” on ticket site chinaticket, to be held out at Chaoyang Sports Center from April 29 to May 1.

I dont know about the rest of Chaoyang Pop Week, but MMAX is a three-day, all domestic line up, including Queen Sea Big Shark, Miserable Faith, Carsick Cars, Hedgehog, Hanggai, Hao Yun, The Life Journey, New Pants, Pop duo Yu Quan and Hong Kong popstar Huang Yaoming.

Also comes equipped with an electronic stage, including usual suspects Elvis T, Sulumi and Terry Tu.

(pre-sale 80元 at gate 100元 three-day pass 220元)

The festival has managed to bring the reclusive Pu Shu out of hiding to headline, who unlike his “Back To Basic” concert in Worker’s Stadium in 2010, has thankfully put together a live band. Pu Shu is revving up to release his long-awaited new album, his first in nearly 9 years.

Although 2007’s fest with Nine Inch Nails is now legendary, if anybody remembers Chaoyang Pop last year, this brand has been tanking. Now I’m just hoping the beer comes through. Day 2 with Pu Shu seems most promising, and you’re sure to be home by 10pm, but many of these guys you can catch while at one of the big boys.

UPDATE: This is a dry fest. no beer.


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5 Responses

  1. Beijing Daze says:

    these things are getting worse every year.
    That said, I’d expect MMAX to be well attended just because it’s downtown. Chaoyang park is a heck of a lot easier to get to than shunyi or tongzhou. Same for Ditan with the folsk festiva!

  2. Nada says:

    The location is not Chaoyang Park – it is out at the same site where Black Rabbit Music Festival was held last year.

    Also keep in mind that the Chaoyang Pop Festival has always been different from the Beijing Pop Festival (which was also held in Chaoyang Park between 2005-2007 and in 2007 featured Nine Inch Nails).

    The Chaoyang Pop Festival is organized by Chaoyang district government, as far as I know. And the Beijing Pop Festival was organized by a fellow called Jason Magnus and his company Rock for China.

  3. jtdj says:

    Thats right. Beijing not Chaoyang. Thanks Nada for that correction. Yes Chaoyang Pop is district govt.

  4. Rob says:

    This concert is a disgrace. You’re right. It’s not in Chaoyang Park, which it should be. It’s right next to a family residential area with a large number of babies and young families. We’ve had 4 days of extremely loud music disturbing our young kids sleep

    Why is this show located here. I am a music fan and performer but would never disturb young families with my playing. I’ll be boycotting all performers. All stakeholders should be thoroughly ashamed. For the first time in my life I sympathize with Pete Seegar

    • jtdj says:

      Im sorry to hear that Rob. Did you have problems with the Black Rabbit Festival last year also? I imagine that was even louder.