Chengdu’s Best Club Returns: First Photos & Music Festival Ticket Giveaway

After being opened for over a year in the South of Chengdu, “Xiong Mao” (previously but still often known as Panda Club) closed and focused on re-appearing in a new venue. Last night was the opening event and I was there to check out the venue in anticipation of the Panda Electronic Music Festival headlined by DJ Shadow.

On my way to the venue, located in the East of Chengdu, I ran into several people I know who all gushed about how great the new place is. By the time I got there expectations were high but indeed the place looks fantastic. If you’ve been inside the previous Panda Club, the new spot is at least twice as large and is prepared to host thousands for large events like this weekend. This is huge news for Chengdu’s nightlife scene, as it’s been hurting badly since the last Panda club closed down. Rather than move to a new venue that would have surely been mediocre due to Chengdu’s limited offerings, I decided to put the monthly electronic music event Disco Death on hold for a year to anticipate the new Xiong Mao. After seeing the new location, I do not regret that decision.

Before & After: Dramatic Change

Although yesterday was the official opening, I visited the location about three weeks ago when construction was in progress. And by in progress, I mean totally and completely in progress. The floor was dirt, many of the walls were non-existant, and there were homeless-looking people wandering around the lot. Now, it’s shiny and looks tremendous with an abundance of ambient lighting and factory-like details throughout.

Check out these photos from three weeks ago and compare them to photos from last night below.

Dirt Floor Xiong Mao From 3 Weeks Ago

Xiong Mao Club before

Arriving at the Chengdu East Music Park

Xiong Mao Club before

Walking to Xiong Mao down the dirt road which a few weeks later would shine brightly

Xiong Mao Club before

The path to Xiong Mao was strewn with construction equipment and large trinkets like this

Xiong Mao Club before

Having just arrived outside of Xiong Mao, this guy comes out of his cave and sees what all the commotion is about

Xiong Mao Club before

Xiong Mao's opening corridor

Xiong Mao Club before

Cavernous and incomplete, but clearly with great potential

Xiong Mao Club before

Another vast room that was under construction

Now that you know what it looked like just a few short weeks ago…

Photos of Panda Club On It’s Opening Night

Xiong Mao Club after

The sign outside of the club is notably written in English and not Chinese

 

Xiong Mao Club after

Ambient lighting and fixtures at the main room bar

Xiong Mao Club after

The main room DJ booth is almost fully equipped. No turntables yet, though.

Xiong Mao Club after

Disco balls hanging in recessed pockets in the main room wall

Xiong Mao Club after

The main room has no tables, but features couches along the edges of the room

Xiong Mao Club after

Taps at the bar are neon and lit up

Xiong Mao Club after

Walls and furniture are minimal, lending a neon factory atmosphere

Xiong Mao Club after

CDJ-2000's and an Allen & Heath mixer in the DJ booth

Xiong Mao Club after

Vastly upgraded equipment from the previous Xiong Mao

Xiong Mao Club after

Over a dozen lights hang from trusses mounted to the high ceiling

Xiong Mao Club after

If you can't find the club, look for this very tall obelisk outside

Panda Festival Ticket Giveaway

I have five tickets to give away and each of them are for all 3 days. To win them, all you have to do is leave a comment below naming one of the headliners from a previous Disco Death event. First 5 win. If you can’t attend (or don’t plan on) attending all three days, please let me know and I will donate those tickets to someone else on the Chengdu Living Forum.

2011 Panda Festival Tickets

The tickets for the 2011 Panda Electronic Music Festival are colorful! Five sets of three.

Conclusion

The re-emergence of Xiong Mao brings a lot of hope with it. Hope for Chengdu’s fledgling live music scene and hope for promising events that attract an ever-larger crowd of music lovers. The first Disco Death is on October 28th and I can’t wait to kick things off and break in this new venue.

Hope to see you guys at the festival this weekend. All the information on that is on the forum here: 2011 Xiong Mao Festival with DJ Shadow.

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About Charlie

Having lived in Chengdu for seven years, Charlie has traveled to every corner of China and back again, calling the Yulin neighborhood of Chengdu his home. He's a part time DJ and full time iPhone game developer, too.

19 Responses to “Chengdu’s Best Club Returns: First Photos & Music Festival Ticket Giveaway”

  1. DJ Enso headlined! Lemme get them tickets SON!

  2. What a great addition to Chengdu’s burgeoning culture scene. Definitely looking forward to checking out the new venue this weekend. Oh yeah, also stoked that DJ Shadow is in town representing my homeland,the Bay Area!

    • Absolutely. I think everyone who knows DJ Shadow is a little stunned that he’s playing in Chengdu. I’m sure he’ll be well received after seeing DJ Krush absolutely kill it several years ago at a much lower profile event than this is.

      • Man I remember when I first came to Chengdu and DJ Blaise was headlining Disco Death over at the old Panda Club…looking forward to a new era for the club.

  3. Yao headlined!

    Am I in!?

  4. DJ Siesta headlined Disco Death! She is one of my favorite female DJ’s. I want the free ticket!

  5. By the way, to all the ticket winners, email me at charlie at chengduliving.com and I’ll get the tickets to you.

  6. Heavy Crew from Hong Kong headlined! Hooks me up!

  7. DJ JCC (or ICC) was supposed to headline on 9/24/2010 but her plane was cancelled. That was the first night I heard Cvalda play.

    Meh I decorate my room with fliers, so this was easy :)

  8. JerryS

    Tix still being given away?

  9. Looks amazing. How come I don’t know that side here. Gonna be there.!!

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