Holiday music
Updated: 2014-10-10

The seven-day-long National Day holiday starts in two days, a welcome break from work that everyone has been looking forward to. Yet, many people also end up fretting about what to do during this time. Although scenic places are most people's first thought, these tend to get crowded when more than 1 billion people all go on vacation at the same time.

For those who still not sure what to do with themselves over the holiday period, attending one or more of the many musical events being held during the holiday break may be a great choice.

Almost every major city in China holds some sort of music festival. No matter which city you may live in or are flying to, a musical feast is bound to be waiting for you.

Shanghai Changjiang Midi Festival

Midi is one of the most widely-known event among the many festivals held in Beijing. For the past 10 years, it has developed into a major festival for music lovers and has been regarded as the "Woodstock Rock Festival" of China. Every year, famed bands from China and the world come to Midi, as do thousands of music lovers.

This October, Midi has invited foreign bands Fear Factory, Therion and singer Wayne Static from Static-X, and Chinese bands Second Hand Rose, Escape Plan, Tong Young and rock singer Xie Tianxiao as its main venues.

If you want to see what Chinese rock'n'roll is all about, Midi is a festival that you shouldn't miss.

Time: Noon, October 1-3

Venue: Sanjiagang Waterfront Park, Pudong New District, Shanghai

Tickets: Single-day ticket 150 yuan ($25)/ Pre-sale single-day ticket 120 yuan

Three-day tickets 350 yuan/Pre-sale three-day tickets 300 yuan

Strawberry Music Festival 2014

The Strawberry Music Festival is another music event sponsored by the influential music festival organizer Modern Sky Festival. Differing from other festivals, Strawberry brings more variety such as featuring romantic music. This October, the Strawberry festival will be set up in two places, one in Tianjin, the other in Dali, Yunnan Province in Southwest China.

Yunnan is one of the most beautiful places in China and an area that lots of tourists yearn to visit. With its breathtaking scenery and unique culture of the local minority ethnic groups, it's the perfect place to enjoy an music outdoor in Yunnan.

Performers this year in Yunan include local bands Guarapo and Neuvile, folk singer Song Dongye and Taiwanese singer Crowd Lu.

Time: 13:30, October 2-3

Venue: Dali International Olympic Sports Center, Xiaguan Wanhua Road, Dali, Yunnan Province

Tickets: Single-day ticket 180 yuan/ pre-sale single day ticket 150 yuan

Two-day ticket 320 yuan/pre-sale two-day ticket 260 yuan

This month is also the first time the Strawberry Music Festival will come to Tianjin. Over 40 bands and singers of a variety of music genres will gather in the municipality for the festival, including retro vintage band New Pants featuring singer Zhang Qiang. Famed duo Shuimu Nianhua, whose songs have been very popular recently, and singer Zeng Yike are also bound to be some of the highlights at the festival.

Time: Noon, October 1-2

Venue: Bolonghu, Tianjin Future Science City

Tickets: Single-day ticket 150 yuan/ pre-sale single-day ticket 120

Two-day ticket 260 yuan/pre-sale two-day ticket 220 yuan

Universe-17 Musical Carnival 2014

For animation, comic and game (ACG) fans, the Universe-17 Musical Carnival might be a good choice to enjoy their National Day holiday. From October 1-3 at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai, stars involved in ACG works from China and Japan, cosplayers, voice actors and popular online singers will present a great feast focused on Chinese and Japanese ACG culture.

Some of the key singers at Animelo Summer Live (the biggest anime concert in Japan) have also been invited to the carnival, including Yoko Takahashi, Ali Project and Mami Kawada. With their music appearing in anime such as Neon Genesis Evangelion and Shakugan no Shana, these performers are highly popular among Chinese anime fans.

Chinese stars including Alan, Ma Tianyu and Hu Yanbin are also scheduled to perform at the carnival. Chinese animated series such as A Hundred Thousand Bad Jokes and The Legend of Qin will hold interactive events during the carnival.

The carnival also offers acts as the public debut of some popular online voice actors such as Achun and Zuobian Xiangbei. Meanwhile, traditional Chinese musicians involved in music production for Chinese games, such as EDIQ and i2star, will also perform for fans.

Time: 15:00, October 1-3

Venue: Mercedes-Benz Arena, No.1200, EXPO Avenue, Pudong District, Shanghai

Tickets: price range 180/280/380/480 yuan per day


Besides various festivals in different cities, many performers will also be holding concerts during the holiday period. For those who enjoy indoor performances, here are a few concerts you might want to check out.

Despite only having a population of a little more than 300,000 people, Iceland has continuously produced distinguished musicians and bands such as Bjork, Gus Gus and Aria over the years. Focusing on Trip-Hop music, Bang Gang is one of Iceland's newest success stories.

From September 26, Bang Gang's 2014 Forever Now tour has been making its way across China. If you are into Trip-hop music or simply just want to know more about the music scene in Iceland, Bang Gang still has several concerts in China that you have yet to miss.

Info: October 1, 20:00-21:30, Hidden Agenda, Hong Kong

October 2, 21:00-22:30, TU Space, Guangzhou, Guangdong Province

For fans of musicals, a concert gathering famous songs from a number of classic musicals will be held from September 30 to October 4 in Shanghai. Music from The Lion King, Mamma Mia, Evita, Sister Act, Singing in the Rain, Cats, Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserirables and more are all going to be presented at the concert. No need to fly to Broadway, a trip to Shanghai is all you need.

Info: 19:30-22:00, September 30 to October 4, Oriental Theatre, Shanghai.

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