Brought to you by the Split Works team, JUE | Music + Art 2013 is about to launch its 5th highly anticipated annual festival with more music and art events than even the most hard-core hutong hipsters can handle. Get ready because this year is bigger than ever and really full-on. While marking your calendar with dates, keep in mind that JUE is happening alongside with The Bookworm’s Annual Literary Festival (BLF), meaning we’re going to get more than our fair share of creative stimulation this month of March.
Officially kicking off this Friday, March 8 (already after a couple of PRE-JUE shows like the San Francisco punk band Thee Oh Sees performance a couple weeks back), this year’s festival will be taking place every day across a span of 17 days (March 8-24) with 300+ artists participating in 125 events in both Beijing and Shanghai.
“An annual open source arts and music festival, JUE | Music + Art is all about celebrating the best of the local creative communities in both Beijing and Shanghai and inviting artists around the world to showcase their talent in China. We always strive to maintain a strong sense of community, an intimate vibe, and a top-tier selection of artists and events.” - Split Works team
Pre-JUE Music + Art《觉》: Thee Oh Sees Performs in BJ & SH
To pump you up for JUE | Music + Art 2013 (happening in just 2 weeks time!), the JUE team has already lined up a bunch of Pre-JUE events and who knows, there will most certainly be some Post-JUE as well to help ease you out of your dependency on JUE to sustain your social calendar and addiction to quality music and art events.
Brought to you by the Split Works team, they will begin the pre-phases of JUE with a “ferocious incarnation of heavy psychedelic garage pop” Thee Oh Sees, a San Francisco band led by singer, songwriter and guitarist John Dwyer together with Brigid Dawson (keyboards, tambourine), Petey Dammit (bass), Mike Shoun (drums) and Lars Finberg (also drums).
Their first time touring Asia, you can expect a range that can veer towards either ambitious experimentation or perfectly crafted pop confections.
“Whoever is in charge of the fog, can you turn it down a bit? It’s a f*cking KISS concert up here.”
- Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie(vocals, guitar, piano and drums extraordinaire)
American Indie-rock band Death Cab for Cutie from Seattle, Washington is the big headlining act for the 4th annual JUE | Music + Art Festival, put together by the Splitworks team.
Last year JUE brought one of my favorite bands Whitest Boy Alive to Yugongyishan and with Death Cab for Cutie headlining this year’s festival, they’ve managed to top last year and it’s only just the beginning!
“Stop! In the name of WHALE!”
(My favorite photo of the night feat. WHALE!’s very own DJ Assassin Eyes)
JUE Music + Art Festival 2012 launched with a massive WHALE! dance-a-thon at 4corners肆角餐吧 bar last Friday night.
The music was blasting, the dance floor was rocking and people were getting sh*t-faced. Just your typical WHALE! party I suppose.
Good thing I took a nap before heading over because every WHALE! thus far has led into all-night ragers. This past WHALE! was no exception. I, myself, managed enough will power to drag myself out at a reasonable hour so that I could be up early the next morning for my Qi Gong workshop at The Hutong with TCM Specialist Alex Tan (more on this later!). But my point to mentioning this is that I missed the point around 3AM when police came and tried to crash WHALE!, but in the end, I hear WHALE! kept going!
“I like Crab People, I like the Crab People song. I’m not going to DJ it, but I think that when people hear Crab People as a DJ name, the first thing that pops into their head is probably “fun party, slammin’ tunes”. ”
- DJ Crab People of WHALE!
If you know South Park’s Crab People, then you’re probably cool enough to come to WHALE!‘s resurrection (we’ve been deprived without WHALE! for a little over one month now). Not only is WHALE! back, their party TONIGHT also happens to mark the official launch of the JUE Music + Art Festival.
Who is this DJ Crab People you ask? Among this zany group of ‘non-DJ’s', you’ll just have to turn up to find out. In the meantime, you can read CityWeekend’s interview with DJ Crab People, which is kind of ridiculously awesome – check out the full interview here.
Death Cab for Cutie (Press Photo by Danny Clinch)
People have been going nuts for American Indie-rock band Death Cab for Cutie tickets since word first got out that they’d be coming to China this year and thanks to JUE | Music + Art Festival, the Splitworks team has brought the arrival of Death Cab for Cutie for two performances in Shanghai (March 9) and Beijing (March 10)!
Beijing’s performance will be held at the 3rd floor of Tango at 8PM on Saturday, March 10 and pre-sale tickets are available now! See below for ticket sale info.
The Black Atlantic: Mysterious Orchestal Dream-Pop
From the Netherlands, this acoustic pop group released their album “Reverence for Fallen Trees” digitally for free worldwide.
“Since its release on August 21, 2009, it has since been downloaded over 100,000 times via various torrent websites, the band’s own website and it’s label Beep! Beep! Back up the Truck.”