Live Music Quickslants: Ciao bella, Happy Birthday, Farewell and Don’t grow up!
With Daze Feast preparations well underway, and BD’s new baby, Cuju, due to open next week, things are little busy here at Daze HQ, but you can be sure that’s not going to stop us catching some tunes! Here’s a few of the shows that have caught our attention this weekend:
Friday June 1
HitWeek China 2012 @ Tango 3rd Floor
Italian acts La Fame di Camillia and Negrita are joined by local friends Shanren for night two of cross-cultural fun at Tango. The party kicks off Thursday night with Subsonica, La Fame di Camillia along with Zhou Yunshan & Ruins.
Goodbye Sister Qin! @ Old What
For anyone who’s ever set foot in Old What you’ll know the lovely boss lady Sister Qin is the one who keeps this little gem running,. Well she’s decided it’s time to say goodbye (temporarily we hope!), so all the regular bands are getting together in what promises to be one epic night to bid her farewell!
The Age of Innocence @ Yugong Yishan
Happy Children’s Day! For those of us eternal children, DUDE, DH & Hellcats, Residence A & Candy Monster will be rocking the house at Yugong tonight. DUDE are currently finishing up their latest album, and about to head out on a massive China tour, so I for one am looking forward to hearing lot’s of new songs from them!
Saturday June 2
Book Swap & Board Games 4th Year Anniversary
Our baby is all grown up folks.. 4 years ago, when a few folks gathered at Sequoia Cafe to swap books and play board games, we had NO IDEA this thing would still be happening now. Come and join us from 2 to 6 pm at Sequoia Cafe inside the jianguomen diplomatic compound. It’s a fun way to spend a Saturday afternoon.
The Noise Revival Orchestra @ Temple
The guys at Temple are on a run, they’ve won both The Beijinger and City Weekend awards in the last couple of weeks, and have fast become my favourite close to home hangout. This show looks intriguing, The Noise Revival Orchestra are an acoustic pop orchestra whose numbers are reported to range between 6 and 13! Let’s see how many they can fit onto the Temple stage. On opening duties are Dwaas, the new band from Joewi of Arrows Made of Desire, who I’ve been wanting to catch for awhile now.
Escape Plan (unplugged) @ Mao Livehouse
Don’t say we’re haters – ok so neither BD nor I are big fans of pop, but we recognise Escape Plan (or Perdel as I still called them!) are damn good at what they do. If you feel like some Beatles haircuts and catchy tunes in your weekend, they’re doing two big shows, Friday’s plugged show and this slightly more intimate (300 instead of 500 tickets) unplugged show.
Sunday June 3
Isbells @ Yugong Yishan
Rounding out the weekend is some gorgeous melodic folk from Belgium’s Isbells, perfect music to chill out to after a busy weekend!
And don’t forget our friend’s over at Pangbianr are celebrating a birthday this weekend, 2 years of bring you the low down on the city’s experimental and underground scene. Head over to XP on Friday and wish them all the best!