Good for Suburban campers, shoegazing freaks, indies, hipsters and Scottish accent-obsessors.
When The festival runs from Fri 18-Sun 20. Times are as follows: 6pm-late (May 18), 11am-late (May 19 & 20)
Tickets 350RMB (per day), 280RMB (per day presale)； free (May 18 with May 19 ticket)； 580RMB (three days), 480RMB (three days presale). Full-priced tickets are available to buy at the door; presale tickets are available from 400 620 6006, 400 610 3721, 400 810 1887.
Where Yuyang Ski (map)
Transportation Follow this link
Highlights and line-upMay 18
DJ Youdai, Li Gaoyang Jazz Trio, DJ A.M.U
The Jesus and Mary Chain (UK), White Lies (UK), School of Seven Bells (US), Glasvegas (UK)
Joss Stone (UK), Friendly Fires (UK), Husky Rescue (Finland), Pixie Lott (UK)
Check out the full China Music Valley International Music Festival line-up
While the China Music Valley International Music Festival (could we get a few more ‘musics’ in there please? Thanks!) kicks off on Friday 18, the interesting stuff doesn’t arrive until Saturday 19, when headliners The Jesus and Mary Chain will be joined not only by School of Seven Bells, but also by superb post-punk outfit White Lies – you’ve heard ‘To Lose My Life’, we’re sure.
There’ll also be chipper vibes courtesy of UK popette Pixie Lott, whose soulful electro-pop sounds should be a pleasant sorbet between the heavy stuff. Schedules are tbc but we’d expect her to come earlier in the day. The event wraps up on Sunday 20 with headliner Joss Stone, whose 2004 hit ‘You Had Me’ rocketed her to stardom. As well as Friendly Fires, this day will also feature Glasvegas, the Scotland-born indie rock outfit who were one of the breakout hits of 2008.
Also appearing are Finnish ‘folktronica’ band Husky Rescue, whose brand of adult-oriented pop music has taken them all around Europe. It’s a pretty astounding line-up – let’s just hope that the organisers get on top of the problems that plagued last year’s festival: poor acoustics, overpriced food, an alcohol ban and terrifyingly omnipresent security forces (then again, we guess military police like a dance too).
More from Music ValleyThe Jesus and Mary Chain preview
A story of violence and brotherhood.
School of Seven Bells interview
A genre-smudging pop supremo talks audience interaction and mechanical beauty.
Friendly Fires interview
Don't call them a boy band.
To get a special deal on tickets, book at sendmetickets.com before Friday 18. A limited number of pass tickets (usually 480RMB) will go for 150RMB.