Every October you can bet on two things happening:
1. The Hangzhou West Lake music festival will be held.
2. It will rain during said festival (each and every damn year!).
This year was no different. However, through the crappy weather, over-hyped pop acts and lack of solid numbers, there was still a lot to write home about this year. The Dance/Electro stage had a bunch of classy acts who put on class performances to add some much needed brightness to an otherwise flat weekend. For those of you who couldn’t make it, here's a quick round-up of the highlights and a few snaps from Hangzhou's annual 2-day fest.
Before we get started, here's a little treat for your ears. This week's mixtape is full of some of the best acts from this weekend's fest.
1. KAFE.HU - 跳票; 2. Howie Lee - 金蛇狂舞 (TRAP FLIP); 3. Nova Heart - No Controversy; 4. Xu Jun and the Tree - 自己; 5. U180 - 懒惰致富; 6. Goooose - Giant Insects
The Highlights of the 2016 Hangzhou West Lake Music Festival
First up, flying all the way from China’s hip hop capital, Chengdu, KAFE.HU accompanied by his DJ, Charlie, whipped out a high energy, charismatic and up-beat set. (Track 1 on the above playlist). For those you can jump the wall (have a VPN) we've included a YouTube clip of KAFE.HU performing Drink My Dream.
It’s been fun seeing the rise and rise of Xu Jun and the Tree in 2016. After a nationwide tour and a handful of festivals, Xu Jun and his charismatic, rustic brand of rock are destined for bigger things in 2017. (Track 4 on the above playlist)
Without a doubt one of the most exciting DJ's to come of China in recent years. I Love the way he takes the latest in trap and electronic styles and blends it with uniquely Chinese musical instruments and samples. Some of the tunes and sounds that Howie creates are unreal. (Track 2 on the above playlist)
Talking of fresh sounds, here’s a few shots of the Goooose （A.k.a Han Han; A.k.a the front man of the stunning Duck Fight Goose）set. Goooose continues where Duck Fight Goose stop off when it comes to electro-dance music. (Track 6 on the above playlist)
One of the few acts representing Hangzhou this year. Unfortunately didn't get any shots of the hip hop trio live in concert, but to make up for it they are track 5 on the above playlist. Expect to see a lot more of these guys on Under the Wall in the near future with the upcoming release of their new EP.
Here’s a question. What do you get if you take get the best of 80’s pop culture and music, add a dash for early 90’s dance and throw in Chinese electro-music? The Junks, the Junks is what you get. Junks' brand of catchy synth-dance got the crowd jumping and jerking on the afternoon of the first day.