Summer of rock in Taiwan

Taiwan’s summer music festivals were supposed to kick off this weekend with the Wan Bay Music Festival (灣島音樂祭) at Jiupeng (九棚) in Pingtung. However, as a result of an injunction from Pingtung County authorities the event has been cancelled. Apparently police were concerned the event would be used for selling illegal drugs. I have some more details on my Posterous blog. If you have made plans to head to Pingtung this weekend there will still be some musicians playing “unplugged” on the beach.

Hohaiyan (海洋音樂祭) is one of Taiwan’s longest running music festivals. This year it’s on again at Fulong Beach in Taipei County from 9-11 July. Entry is free. It kicks off on Friday 9 July with a great line up including Sodagreen (蘇打綠), 88 Balaz (88顆芭樂籽), Totem (圖騰樂團) and Tizzy Bac.  They are all past winners of the Hohaiyan competition that have gone on to bigger things. On Saturday 10 July bands will compete for Hohaiyan’s big prize. Then last year’s winners Matzka and DeHot will close the night with their rocking reggae tunes. On Sunday 11 July don’t miss Kimbo Hu (胡德夫).

Metal fans should gather in Taipei for Metal Monster 8 on 10 July. It’s on from 6:00pm to 10:00pm at V.U. Live House. The lineup of bands includes Roughhausen, Hercules (海克力斯) and Metal Blood (鐵血政策).

There will be more metal action in Tainan on Friday 16 July. Solemn (恕), Eye of Violence and Artemis are playing at Room 335. Solemn, Eye of Violence and Alien Avenge are playing at The Wall in Taipei on Sunday 18 July.  Solemn are also embarking on a tour of Asia supporting Bhelliom. They will play in Singapore on 24 July, Bangkok on 25 July and Hong Kong on 7 August.

Solemn aren’t the only Taiwanese metal band touring internationally. ChthoniC (閃靈) will play in Macau on 2 July and Hong Kong on 3 July. They also have gig in Singapore on 14 August. ChthoniC may also be playing in Vietnam in September. ChthoniC are confirmed to play at the Loud Park Festival in Japan in October.

Kou Chou Ching in Hong Kong poster

Taiwanese hip hop artists Kou Chou Ching (拷秋勤) are playing in Hong Kong on 18 July.

On 24-25 July Beastie Rock (巨獸搖滾音樂祭) is being held at the old munitions depot (土城彈藥庫) in Tucheng, Taipei County. The location is a short walk from the Tucheng MRT Station. There is a big line up of indie bands including 88 Balaz, FLAT Club (假文藝青年俱樂部), Alien Avenge, Ashen and Taimaica Sound System. Entry is free. (Update: This event encountered problems getting official permission to use the venue. It is now going ahead with some changes to the venue, dates and format. The event will now be held at the arts centre of Soochow University’s Taipei City campus  (東吳大學城區部游藝中心). There is only one stage and around 90 bands that will perform. Bands will perform from 1:00 to 9:00pm on Saturdays and Sundays and 5:00 to 9:30pm on Fridays. The dates are Friday and Saturday 23-24 July; Friday, Saturday and Sunday 30 July-1 August; and Friday, Saturday and Sunday 6-8 August. A special show at NTU featuring Kou Chou Ching has been added on Sunday 25 July. Check the event’s blog or Facebook page for more information. I will also post updates on my Posterous blog.)

The Jump Festival (跳起來音樂節) is on this year from 14-15 August. The venue is again at the Huashan Culture Park (華山創意文化園區) in Taipei. The lineup includes Mary See the Future, Telephone Booth (電話亭) and Macbeth (馬克白). (Update: An announcement on the official blog says the Jump Festival has been cancelled. The Unknown Species Fest is still scheduled on the same dates in Taipei. Scroll down for more details about that event.)

Central Taiwan is not forgotten with Rock in Taichung (搖滾台中) on 4-5 September. The venue is Yuanman Outdoor Arena (圓滿戶外劇場) on Wenxin Road Section One (文心路一段與向上路一段交叉口) and entry is free. The lineup of bands is yet to be announced but it is sure to include lots of local bands from Taichung as well as from other parts of Taiwan and beyond. You can vote for your favorite bands to appear at the festival on Indievox until 21 July. (Update: The line up of bands has been announced. Gig Guide TW has a complete listing.)

The summer will also see a number of international acts playing in Taiwan. Broken Social Scene from Canada are playing at Legacy in Taipei on Sunday 25 July. Then there is a big procession of acts from the UK. Kula Shaker are playing at Legacy on Tuesday 27 July. Massive Attack are playing at TWTC Nangang on Wednesday 28 July. The Petshop Boys will be at TWTC Nangang on Thursday 29 July. Ian Brown, formerly of the Stone Roses, will play at Legacy on Friday 30 July.

Sometimes events get cancelled, times or dates change. Please check the official websites for the latest updates and information on the various events. I will update this post with any additional information that I get. Leave a comment or send me an e-mail if you have an event you would like added. Gig Guide TW, Indievox and Facebook are also good sources of information about upcoming events.


Civil and Military Rock and Arts  (藝文遶境 搖滾文武將) at the Sanchong Arts Festival (三重藝文祭) from 9-11 July. Free entry with bands including Kou Chou Ching, The Village Armed Youth and Chang Jui-chuan. The address is Sanchong Airforce First Village (空軍三重一村) Lane 86 Zhengyi South Road, Sanchong City, Taipei County (台北縣三重市正義南路86巷). More details at Facebook (in Chinese) and a brief English translation here.

LUVstock in Taichung on 10-11 July. Details at Facebook.

The Unknown Species Fest is on 14-15 August near the Zhuwei MRT Station in Danshui. Some of the bands playing include BOYZ & GIRL, Touming Magazine, Go Chic and Ashen. Gig Guide TW has the schedule for 14 August and 15 August.

There is a book release of the photography book ROUGH at The Underworld (地下社會) in Taipei on Sunday 15 August. It features a great line up of bands including The White Eyes, BOYZ & GIRL, 88 Balaz and Go Chic. More details here.

The Metal High School has a line up of some of Taiwan’s top metal bands including Infernal Chaos, Hekate, Dying Chelsea and Beyond Cure. It takes place over two weekends. On 14-15 August it’s at The Wall (駁二) in Kaohsiung. On 28-29 August it’s at The Wall in in Taipei. More details at the Metal Grinding Factory or The Wall.

BURSTING CORE – 1st J ROCK Day in Taiwan brings several Japanese bands to Taiwan. It’s at the The Wall (駁二) in Kaohsiung on Saturday 21 August and The Wall (公館) in Taipei on Sunday 22 August. The Japanese bands are Shonen Knife (Taipei only), Bloodthirsty Butchers and Mass of the Fermenting Dregs.

The 2010 Indie Taiwan tour sees five Taiwanese bands heading to Canada. Aphasia, Kou Chou Ching, Matzka, Go Chic and Double X will play shows in Toronto, Halifax and Vancouver from 29 August to 5 September.

The Eslite Rooftop Concerts will be held at the Eslite Xinyi Store in Taipei on 17-19 September. It includes performances by Tizzy Bac, 1976, Sugar Plum Ferry, The Bearbabes and Orangegrass.

The Taiwan Peace Festival, aka PeaceFest, is on from 17-19 September at Wufeng in Hsinchu County. Update: Postponed due to Typhoon Fanapi. The PeaceFest is now scheduled for 8-10 October. Check the website for details.

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