31 Bands乐队 – 3 Days天 – 1 Beach海滩
The annual Golden Beach Music Festival in Huangdao is getting stronger every year, and 2010 portends to be another leap forward for this music festival on one of China’s best beaches. From a simple stage and a temporary makeshift bar by the Sailing Club in 2008 to a full blown fest with campers, trekkers, Llamas, and Woodstock dreams in 2009, this year’s show is reaching for even higher vibes on Jin Sha Tan (Golden Beach), which is located in Xuejiadao in the Qingdao Development Zone (aka Kaifaqu). Local organizers Fu Tong (lead singer of the band Hello Wei) and Kevin Wang Yong are lining up the jams for early September, just in time to welcome back everyone from the summer holidays as we ease into a new school year, and celebrate the sun and stars on a “damn awesome beach”.
This year’s bill includes bands such as local favorites The Dama Llamas, Qingdao native sons Demerit and Huang Liang Gong Zhu, post rockers Maze, punkers Subs, folk singer Chuan Zi, and an experimental improvisational music day on September 3, which is Day 1 of the fest. Current information has it that tickets are going for 100 yuan (RMB) in advance for all three days (no single day advance sales). Entrance at the beach will cost 50 yuan (RMB) for a single day ticket and 120 yuan (RMB) for a 3 day pass (note: all info subject to change at organizer’s announcement).
For more information on where the 2010 Golden Beach Music Festival will be held, see the page for last year’s festival on the Rock in China Wiki, which includes location details and local accommodation contact numbers. Here’s Pete DeMola’s take on last year’s fest.