5 Questions About Zebra Music Festival
Note: Since this post was published, the lineup has been released and you’ll find it posted below.
#5. What is Zebra Music Festival?
Last summer in Chengdu tens of thousands of music fans came from near and far to attend the Zebra Music Festival (ZMF, or 热波音乐节) which instantly earned hipster credit among the burgeoning Chinese youth. For three days at the beginning of May, ZMF will host its annual event and will undoubtedly draw a massive crowd back to the familiar fields on the outskirts of Chengdu.
#4. What’s the Music Like?
The full lineup hasn’t been released yet, but that doesn’t seem to dampen the excitement of the thousands who have already announced their attendance on Douban (among other social networks) which are buzzing with the recent announcement. However, judging by the previous year, we have a good idea of what to expect.
Last year, more than 60 performances (local, domestic, and international) were spread across three stages, and although the main stage dwarfed the rest, they all had their own character and style. Even though last year’s main stage was dominated by the kind of pop music that makes you picture waving glowsticks, it was a blast. The main area is absolutely massive and is awe inspiring in both its size and design.
The Xiong Mao (Panda Club) Electronic stage, with its dirt dance floor, was sandwiched by 5-meter high speaker stacks and the familiar and much-missed “熊猫“ logo printed proudly at the top like a star atop a Christmas Tree. The Panda stage featured local and foreign DJ’s (including myself as Just Charlie) playing a variety of electronic music including everything from Trance to Drum & Bass.
Unfortunately, the future of the Xiong Mao stage at this years festival is in question. (When I have concerete info on this, I’ll update this part)
#3. Where Does the Festival Take Place?
ZMF is taking place in the same place as last year, which is Tulip Park in the Xindu district. The name os the park is Tulips Flora Park (Yujinxiang Huahui Gongyuan 郁金香花卉公园) and it’s close to the Panda Research Base which is a major local landmark. There are buses that run to the festival location in conjunction with Zebra, or taxi fare will cost you about 30 yuan.
#2. How Much Does Zebra Cost? How Do I Buy Tickets?
The price has been raised this year (to the displeasure of a small minority) to 80 yuan per day or 198 yuan for three days.
Much of the crowd spends the day wandering between stages with friends, enjoying the pleasant atmosphere until it ends with a headliner closing out the main stage at midnight: so bring money for extra expenses. Meals, snacks, drinks in a backpack. There’s a wide selection of food and drink available at reasonable prices.
You can book tickets for Zebra online here or call the Chengdu Ticket Hotline: 028-65920088 or 65920099
#1. Why Should I Go?
This is your only chance to enjoy anything even close to this for a year until this happens again. Seize the opportunity to see some of China’s most popular and breakthrough artists, and even if the music isn’t always great by the standards of most Westerners, the experience itself is a blast. This picture describes it pretty well:
Zebra Music Festival 2010 Lineup
Saturday, May 1st
15:40 龙神道 Dragon Tao (rock)
17:00 马赛克 Mosaic (Indie pop, dance rock)
18:20 Asaf Avidan& the Mojos (indie rock , Israel)
19:40 宠物同谋 pet conspiracy (electronic rock)
21:00 猴子飞行员 Monkey Pilot (rock, Taiwan)
21:30 热狗 MC Hot Dog (rap, Taiwan)
22:00 张震岳 Zhang zhen yue (pop rock , Taiwan)
22:30 DJ (To be announced)
15:00 育婴堂 Yuyintang (melodic metal)
16:20 Falling Cookies (rock)
17:40 马老板 Boss Ma (Jazz)
19:00 童党 Tongdang (rock, emo)
20:20 愚人船 Foolish boat (Post Punk Alternative)
21:30 变色蝴蝶 Proximity Butterfly (Psychedelic Rock )
Sunday, May 2nd
15:40 咖啡因 Caffeine (Pop punk, ska)
17:00 小护士 La Petite Nurse (indie rock, Taiwan)
18:20 阿修罗 Asura (pop punk)
19:40 谭维维 Tan wei wei (Pop star, Supergirl)
21:00 张杰 Zhangjie (Pop star, Happyboy)
22:00 Does it offend you, yeah (electronic rock from Britain)
22:30 DJ (to be announced)
15:00 自然而燃 Zi ran er ran (new metal)
16:20 鱼尾纹 Crow’s-feet (indie pop)
17:40 降临 Widerfahren (black metal)
19:00 深绿海 The Deep Green Sea (indie pop, trip-hop )
20:20 太阳飞船 Sun spaceship (alternative)
21:30 热超波 Re chao bo (Ska Reggae Punk)
Monday, May 3rd
15:40 未来脚踏车 Futuristic Push-bike (indie alternative rock)
17:00 海龟先生 Turtle (Punk, Reggae, Ska, Vintage)
18:20 Reptile and Retard (electro rock, Denmark )
19:40 痛苦的信仰 Miserable Faith (hardcore, reggae, metal)
21:00 Exile Parade (Brit pop)
22:00 苏打绿 Sodagreen (pop, Taiwan）
22:30 DJ (to be announced)
15:00 大象迷 elephant fan (folk )
15:40 吴卓玲 Wu zhuo ling (Indie Acoustic Folk Electronica Soundtrack Ambient)
16:20 树子 Tree (pop,folk)
17:40 赵牧阳 Zhao mu yang (folk)
19:00 两只手枪 2 pistols (folk)
20:20 小河 Xiao he (folk ,experiment)
21:30 周云蓬 Zhou yun peng (folk)