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Rising rents force MAO Livehouse out of business

Beijing venue the MAO Livehouse (no connection to this chap) is to close later this month.

Qian ‘Jide’ Zhiyuan, the Beijing Livehouse’s booker, tells The Beijinger that its last gig be on 24 April and feature three local acts: The Voice of China star Li Wenqi, indie rock group Escape Plan and post-punk band Residence A.

Li Chi, the founder of the MAO group, which also operates music venues in Shanghai, Kunming and Chongqing, revealed in December that the 800-capacity venue was threatened by rising rents in Beijing.

Another Beijing bar, nightclub and venue, The Den, was forced to close in December by its landlord, the People’s Armed Police gendarmery, which objected to the property being used for commercial purposes.

International artists who have played the MAO Livehouse include Frank Turner, PiL, Massive Attack, The Lumineers, Friendly Fires, Battles, !!! and Nouvelle Vague.