And just like that, there was a flash on the horizon, a blinding light, the buildings began to splinter and fray, concrete blocks tumbling from high above, but yet there's also a sweet ringing in your ears, whispering that it'll all be ok. The release of Douban's Wetware lineup has basically just had the equivalent effect on Beijing's summer festival calendar.
Tasked in rounding up the acts, Gaz Williams of the now defunct and soon to be mythical The Shelter went to town, bagging acts for Tango's third floor stage that span indie rock: Cass Mccombs, Low; to those more inclined to heavy guitar and synth: Stephen O'Malley (of SunnO)))), Alessandro Cortini (previously of Nine Inch Nails), Cold Cave, Dopplereffekt; to huge electronic and club names Kode9 (alongside visual artist Lawrence Lek), Andy Stott, Tim Hecker, and Laurel Halo. Heavy, heavy, heavy.
The festival's second stage, located on the first floor of Tango, will feature an ongoing backdrop courtesy of visual artists Kim Laughton and Jonathan Zawada, to which electronic and R&B influenced performers such as Nightmares on Wax, RP Boo, DJ Earl, PC Music’s A.G. Cook, Danny L Harle, Palmistry, and Faded Ghost (aka ChaCha) will do their thing. The after parties will bring it home here, with Beijing’s Do Hits doing the honors on the Friday (May 19) and Shanghai’s SVBKVLT hosting on the Saturday (May 20).
Head to Wudaoying's School to catch a number of local acts, including Elvis T, Dataline, RUN RUN RUN, MIRRORS, chenchenchen, and a handful of smaller foreign bands like Sweden's .one and America's Mark Verbos.
Thursday and Friday shows start at 8pm.
Tickets and full lineup here.