When you think of the seven wonders of the world, you don’t really think Fatboy Slim. June 11 will change all that, though, as the Brit house legend headlines the Great Wall Music Festival. He’ll be supported on the main stage by Beijing’s own local legends like El-Mar, Suki, Spark, Patrick Yu, Ou Yang, Mickey Zhang, QQ and Dave K. Two additional stages feature sets from some of China’s hottest DJs, including Harikiri, Blackie and Mickey D.
Fatboy Slim, in case you were asleep in the 1990s, pioneered electronica music, gaining fame with that ubiquitous club song “Rockafella Skank.” His 1999 hit, “Praise You,” won three MTV music video awards, which is no surprise since the music video was directed by Spike Jonze. His “Weapon of Choice” music video— with Christopher Walken channeling Fred Astaire—is iconic among music lovers. Fatboy Slim has performed before crowds in excess of 250,000 and continues to break new ground.
The festival features impressive, state-of-the-art visual displays behind the artists, all created by Plastic Reality, the geniuses behind the special effects for Playstation and Xbox titles like DJ Hero, and the films Quantum of Solace and Harry Potter. The combination of music, star power, visual effects and the incredible location on the Great Wall makes this one of the most spectacular events of the summer party season.
Tickets are ¥350 before June 8, ¥400 after. Cost includes bus transport. ¥200 (presale) without transport.
What: Great Wall Music Festival
Where: Badaling section of the Great Wall
When: Saturday, June 11, 2pm