10,000 people attend arena show in Shanghai
Chinese post-punk band Re-Tros made history on Saturday 22 May with the biggest rock show in China since the beginning of 2020.
The sold-out concert, promoted by Live Nation, saw Re-Tros (Rebuilding the Rights of Statues) performing to 10,000 people at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai. The production centred on a unique triangular stage that reflected the band’s logo, with the two-hour show also divided into three parts or ‘chapters’.
The band, who formed during the Chinese indie-rock renaissance of the mid-2000s, played some of their biggest hits, including ‘Momentarily Out of Mind’, ‘Pigs in the River’, ‘Billy Cannot Stop’ and ‘My Great Location’, closing with ‘Sounds for Celebration’.
“The show tonight was just a beginning for … all of us who are here for the return to live”
Edward Liu, managing director of Live Nation China, says: “Like the closing song itself, the show was a momentous celebration of sound, and there is no greater joy than that of live music and seeing fans connect with their favourite artists.
“It’s been four years since the last time we saw Re-Tros on stage for a headline show and tonight was and unprecedented, ingenious and a spectacular display of Chinese rock music that will go down in history. The show tonight was just a beginning for Re-Tros and all of us who are here for the return to live.”
As of 31 May, China – where Covid-19 originated – had just 14 new cases of the coronavirus.
Electric Daisy Carnival heading for China
EDM festival juggernaut Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) will touch down in China for the first time this April, promoter Insomniac has announced.
In partnership with local promoter Zebra Entertainment Enterprise, Live Nation-owned Insomniac will transform Shanghai’s International Music Park with “awe-inspiring stages, incredible laser and light displays, imaginative theatrical performers and world-renowned dance music artists” for the inaugural EDC China on Sunday 29 and Monday 30 April.
“To bring EDC halfway around the world is a milestone for our entire Insomniac family,” says Pasquale Rotella, founder and CEO of Insomniac. “China marks EDC’s sixth international location, and I’m excited to connect and create beautiful new moments with the country’s passionate and ever-growing dance music community.”
Insomniac’s flagship EDC Las Vegas festival welcomes more than 400,000 fans over three days each year, with international events including past and present EDCs in Mexico, India, Brazil, the UK and Japan.
Electric Zoo Shanghai sells out in first year
Electric Zoo: Countdown Shanghai, the first iteration of the electronic dance music (EDM) festival in mainland Asia, has been hailed as a success by promoter Made Event after selling out in its maiden year.
The festival, which joins the flagship event in New York and spin-offs in Mexico and Japan, took place last Saturday (12 November) at Shanghai’s Expo Park (pictured) and was headlined by Sander van Doorn, Dada Life and Oshi.
After selling out its entire allocation of 5,000 tickets, SFX-owned Made’s director of marketing, Michael Julian, says the festival will return bigger and better in 2017.
“Local fans have really inspired us with their endless energy, big warm smiles and groovy dance moves. We can’t wait to return and produce a bigger version of our festival next year”
“We are very humbled that the very first Electric Zoo show in Shanghai has sold out,” he comments. “Local fans have really inspired us with their endless energy, big warm smiles and groovy dance moves. We can’t wait to return and produce a bigger version of our festival next year.”
Electric Zoo New York, on Randall’s Island, posted its highest audience figures since 2013 this year, despite ongoing financial problems for parent company SFX Entertainment.
China has the potential to be a huge growth area for Western promoters: A Nielsen study found in February wealthy Chinese are more willing to spend on live music than the average American.
Electric Zoo sets sail for Shanghai
Electric Zoo, Made Event’s New York EDM festival, is following Electric Daisy Carnival to mainland Asia with the launch of its first event in China.
Electric Zoo: Countdown Shanghai, which takes place on 12 November at Shanghai Expo Park, will be produced in partnership with Shanghai-based distribution/promotion outfit Kanjian. No line-up has yet been announced, although SFX-owned Made promises “world-class artists and performers”.
“Following the success of Electric Zoo New York 2016 we felt the perfect next move was to continue the expansion of the festival to new markets,” says Adam Richman, festival director and Made Event’s senior vice-president in New York. “We couldn’t have picked a more exciting market – Shanghai – or a better partner, Kanjian. Electric Zoo Countdown is the perfect introduction of our brand to China and will be the stepping stone to bigger editions of Electric Zoo throughout Asia.”
“Electric Zoo Countdown is the perfect introduction of our brand to China and will be the stepping stone to bigger editions of Electric Zoo throughout Asia”
The festival recently expanded to Japan and, closer to home, Mexico.
“Kanjian, meaning ‘to be seen’, is committed to bringing the world’s best music to China,” adds Kanjian’s CEO, the ominous-sounding Mr Shen. “The music industry is about to take a tremendous leap forward in the name of EDM, and we’re proud to lead the way and introduce the world-class Electric Zoo experience to China. In close cooperation with SFX, one of the largest producers of live events and entertainment content, we aim to propel the festival to a whole new level.”
Here’s a poster:
At the time of its bankruptcy in February, SFX owed Made Event around US$10 million.