How unfortunate is it that of all shows for the power to blow out on in Shanghai, it had to be Brett Anderson’s? While we in the West barely remember Suede, it seems China still has a hankering for their smoldering tunes – the show sold out of its 400 presale tickets within a day! All that means is that, in the end, there were at least 400 disappointed fans.
Says Jake Newby:
according to a few notes and posts on Douban, the electrics went about three songs into the show. There was apparently a 20 minute wait while attempts to fix the equipment were made before someone from the Dream Factory took to the stage and asked people to wait another 15 minutes. Half an hour later there was still no solution. To his credit, it seems as if Anderson played half a dozen acoustic songs instead (though not a single Suede track) before the whole show was abandoned and people understandably got pretty angry – some apparently refusing to leave.
The details were confirmed by several other blogs.
A Shanghai-based music fan called Alice wrote, “as soon as [Anderson] took to the stage… you could hear that there was something off with the sound…”
The bass was really strong, it felt like the entire floor was shaking, and several times I thought it was my phone on vibration. It wasn’t very long until we heard a loud pitch of feed back, and the sound was officially broken. According to people up at front, there had been smoke coming off the stage, but they had thought it was “special effects” at first, nobody figured it would be an actual problem. Some people said the line had burnt through.
Later, some guy asked the security “You guys didn’t do a test run beforehand?” Security said they had, but no problems had come up.
After being told to wait 15 minutes, which then dragged onto 30 and then 45, nothing was fixed. Anderson came out to apologize to the crowd and played a couple of songs. Alice was pretty upbeat, saying that while she wanted to see the concert, “when else would I have a chance to see Brett Anderson unplugged? You can really hear his voice authentically, it’s so magnetic.”
Others weren’t as easily sated. A Baidu blog complained that Zhijiang Dream Factory was a third-rate venue and several people on the event’s Douban page argued that they should have gotten their refunds that night (some waited until 3 in the morning just to be sold it’d be sorted out later).
Anyhow, the Douban page details how you can in fact get your refund: Go to Zhijiang Dream Factory from October 6 to October 9, between 2pm and 5pm, to get your full 300RMB (or 200RMB if you pre-ordered). Of course, this doesn’t help much if you came all the way to Shanghai from somewhere else to watch Anderson play. Shame, really.