Deep Underground, Check out the New Location of the next Bunker Rave Party
Stepping up their game from the first pop-up cold war bunker rave back in November 2013, the Bunker Party team has found a new venue to host their next all-night rave coming up this Saturday, March 15 from 10PM-6AM.
The Entrance of the Bigger, Badder Bunker Rave Vol. 2
Taking place deep underground in an old Beijing warehouse that’s 4 times the size of the last bunker party with a line-up of 10 DJs, light projections, and there’s even talk of installing a boxing ring.
Bunker Rave Venue Photos by Sebastian Nummelin
Curious to hear more about these Bunker Rave Parties, their main man organizer Jerry Guo filled in some blanks – sharing how he stumbled upon the manhole entrance of the first cold war pop-up bunker party, how this party concept has taken on a life of its own, and how his girlfriend partied topless at the first rave.
LDS 1-on-1 with Bunker Party Organizer Jerry Guo:
LDS: From burgers to bunker parties, what inspired you to come up with the idea of a pop-up bunker party?
JG: I found a tiny bunker in the hutongs a couple years ago and held a Christmas party there. I remember me and the DJ (Meng from Goa) had to lower our speakers down this manhole entrance and then crawl thru this tunnel that still had old rifles piled up on the sides. It was just a really different experience to the usual weekends partying in Sanlitun. So then the concept evolved and got a little bigger each time, but I knew the whole idea should revolve around underground spaces, as that’s the kind of techno and house that we’re going for.
LDS: How do you keep stumbling upon these underground locations?
JG: The first bunker was because I was their neighbor. The second one that was underneath the Lama Temple was this customer of ours at 3sums who tried to convince me to open a second location in this warehouse. We had a really long meeting about it and literally as I’m walking out the door, he drops the fact there’s a bunker from the Cold War underneath the whole place. So we had to have another really long meeting about that haha. This upcoming bunker I found walking around with my uncle, who’s a professional musician. We saw this old Beijing warehouse that was boarded up and I peeked in and the space had that feeling of potential. I love those moments.
Dare to walk down these steps?
LDS: Best thing about the first pop-up Cold War Pop-Up Bunker Party?
JG: Having my wonderful girlfriend there topless . My co-organizer, Linda, is a badass body painter and had two of her employees paint Laura as a glow-in-the-dark skeleton (we had installed UV lights all over the bunker). Here’s a video from the party.
LDS: What can we expect from this next bunker party?
JG: Our last bunker party was sold out the week before. So I’ve been looking for a bigger space til now, and we’ve found it! It’s deep underground this old Beijing warehouse and it’s four times the size of our last space, so we can fit more than the 500 we had last time. We’re investing a lot in the sound system–24 speakers alone. Our 2 VJs are also a bit nuts and are currently constructing this light installation. But the concept will still be the same: great underground techno and house, cheap drinks, and late night partying.
LDS: Will this “Bunker Party” concept be an ongoing trend?
JG: Yes! We’re being super creative and calling it the Bunker series. Beijing has one of the largest underground networks of abandoned spaces in the world, and there’s all sorts of cool bunkers around. Our next concept is a 4-floor unfinished villa with a cozy concrete bunker. We’re eyeing the spot for an extreme house party, with 5 simultaneous stages including a live jazz band in the attic.
LDS: DJ line-up this time around?
JG: We have 10 DJs in the night’s line-up, from 10pm-6am.
CRASH, Q-Leak, Max at Large, Mike Hotten, Half/N/Half, DJ Mo’O, Raz Vegas, Juhstynn, MRG, DJ Henri
DJ Mike Hotten
LDS: Will there be 3sums burgers again?
JG: There’s a ton of behind-the-scenes when you’re throwing a party in an abandoned space–installing safety railings everywhere, renting mobile bathrooms, trucking in a generator, lights, etc. So I think we’re going to hold off on the burgers this time (not the least because of the fire hazard / last time we had a commercial kitchen nearby we used).
Bunker Party TICKET INFO:
Pre-Sale Ticket Price: RMB100
Pre-Sale Ticket Locations: Cantina Agave (3rd fl of Sanlitun Village) or Home Plate Sanyuanqiao.
No tickets will be sold at the door.
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Questions: Contact Sasha 134.8885.3779, or Wechat: NUMMELIM
Facebook Page: beijingcoldwarbunkerparty
Thanks to bunker party organizer Jerry Guo, five lucky LDS readers will get the chance to snag a ticket to this Bunker Party this Saturday!
For your chance to win a FREE TICKET, just answer the following question:
Last time there were naked women painted as glow-in-the-dark skeletons and this time there’s talk of a drunk boxing ring being installed. What would you like to see at the next bunker party?
To leave your golden answer, click here and scroll down to comment section. Be sure to leave your email address so that LDS can contact the winners directly!
Deadline is Friday, March 14 at 2PM.
Cold War Bunker Party Details:
Date: Saturday, March 15th, 2014
Ticket Price: ONLY Pre-Sale Tickets Available at Cantina Agave – RMB 100 (includes free drink + mini burger)
Location: In an old Beijing warehouse…
For info, contact: Sasha 134.8885.3779