By Bridget O’Donnell
It’s music festival season in Shanghai, with two big-name events (Midi and Strawberry) coming up this month. Also on the horizon is the second annual Pic Nic festival, taking place this weekend at Yuyintang Park. A variety of acts will be there, including Nao Hao, Friend or Foe, Ben Huang, Siesta, and Acid Pony Club. Picnic baskets are highly encouraged.
We spoke with Adam Crossley, one of the event’s organizers, to find out a little bit more about what’s planned for Pic Nic Weekend 2012.
1. Which acts should we most be looking forward to?
Death to Ponies. It is only their third show and the last two have been amazing. Nao Hai because I hear great things about them but haven’t seen them yet. Jane Siesta, because by that hour it’ll be straight Blotto mode. No words needed.
2. What was turnout like for last year’s inaugural fest? What are your expectations for the second year?
Last year was huge. Actually the biggest night in Yuyintang’s history in terms of attendance. I’ve heard over 1,200 but I’m not sure it was that many. But it was definitely packed. We set a high bar, but this years acts are strong, so hopefully we can go ahead and break that record.
3. Can you tell me a little more about how the whole festival got started?
It is Ruben or Dj Bajo Tempo’s baby. He came to me last year because a band of mine was releasing a CD. He wanted us to combine parties and we did, and it was terrific. Now we are back for more!
4. Besides the music acts, what other events do you have planned for the weekend?
Capoira, Paella eating. Probably some other Spanish type stuff. I’m actually not so sure. I’m going for the music to be honest.
5. What will be in your Picnic basket?
A lot of booze. And probably a guitar.
Tickets cost 90RMB for Saturday, 60RMB for Sunday. Two-day passes are 120RMB. For more information, visit PicNic’s website. Image via Pic Nic.