Glowing dusk at Intro Festival. Photo by William Wang for CRI.
Beijing's music festivals reach the point of supersaturation on the Mayday long weekend. Whether you're up for traditional folk music, electro-dance-punk or grunge rock, these festivals will have something for you. This is the chance to sink into the pulse of China's music scene; mix with music geeks, curious spectators, metal-heads, and omnipresent cool kids.
And the Mayday long weekend is only the ecstatic beginning of a month where the music refuses to stop.
Basking on the outskirts of Beijing, Modern Sky's Strawberry Festival has proven its pull with solid lineups, decent organization, and an excellent festival atmosphere. With an excessive nine stages, there'll be no shortage of entertainment; though there will inevitably be regrets about missing so-and-so because you were busy watching so-and-so at the main stage.
Alt-rock's Blonde Redhead is the headliner from New York, returning to rock their Asian fan base with their balance of dream pop and noise rock.
Meanwhile Chinese artists like Carsick Cars, Hedgehog and Xie Tan Xiao will exemplify the meaning of Chinese rock. Electro flavours will be well-supplied by acts like Pitchtuner, Queen Sea Big Shark, and DJ Spooky.
While music is definitely the focus, Strawberry Festival will also be the place for people-watching. It won't be high-fashion, but it'll be entertaining. Even hat-wearers will prioritize their hair.
Apr 29-May 1 Tongzhou Canal Park 70-100 yuan/day