Did the government issue an edict to let a hundred music festivals blossom this year? In what looks to be a festival that will actually showcase acts we’d be giddy to see, The Black Rabbit Festival will feature the likes of Hip-Hop heavies Ludacris and Grandmaster Flash, mall-rockers 30 Seconds to Mars, Indie persons Titus Andronicus, Perfume Genius and Gold Panda, and the cream of the Chinese rock niche, including 2007-08 “It” kids Carsick Cars and punk pioneers PK14. OMG, and Hebe from the girl group S.H.E. will also be performing? YES!
The Black Rabbit cloud of music (brought to you by Split Works) will descend on Shanghai on Sunday, September 18th, following a stop in Beijing on the 17th. We’ll post details on venues and tickets as soon as we get word from our Shanghaiist carrier pigeons.
Other acts to be featured include rapper Saigon (prominently featured in Entourage!), local rastafari Uprooted Sunshine, and techno dudes Otakrew.
Thank god Unfortunately there aren’t any metal acts on the bill, though there’s a good chance that metal-heads will mosh and play pushy-shovey to everything, regardless of the music being played on stage.
We do have to say the turd in the punchbowl seems to be Hebe from S.H.E. What is a mainstream Chinese pop starlet doing hanging out with the cool kids? We hope it’s to draw in unsuspecting normals into the festival, only for them to be exposed to the gospel of music that isn’t lame. Then again, maybe Hebe will just serve as a great cover for white guys to ask their coworkers/language partners/students out on a sexy date. Go easy on those Tiger beers, ladies.
And let’s not forget! Shanghai’s very own Rainbow Danger Club will be up there as well, showing Luda what’s what on the local scene.