PARIS/BERLIN/BEIJING: Europe's Electronic Underground at Sonic Beijing Festival, starting this Friday

By Oscar Holland, September 3, 2014

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Six parties and live shows. Five creative workshops. Four screenings of documentaries on electronic music culture. Three visual art exhibitions. Two weeks. One festival: Beijing Sonic.

Aside from hosting conveniently sequential numbers of events, the festival aims to celebrate all things electronic, from Europe’s taste-making DJs (including an abundant Berlin contingent) to Parisian house music dance collectives. The line-up is boldly underground and you may not have heard of many of the acts involved. But there should be no better reason to get involved.

The two-week festival will take over the Post Mountain Art Space in the north of Dongzhimen’s Dangdai MOMA and to help you navigate the program, we’ve compiled our top picks. There are events throughout the fortnight, so for the full line-up visit or scroll to the bottom of this page.

Sat 9.6 / LIVE MUSIC: Wareika

German trio Jakob Seidensticker, Florian Schirmacher and Henrik Raabe broke onto the electronic music scene when Ricardo Villalobos remixed their techno-jazz fusion track ‘King’s Child’. But as well as becoming known for their own remixing abilities, Wareika are at their most dynamic on stage, where they combine live instruments and drums with electronic beats.

Wareika Live will perform between 6pm-9pm at the Ming Space of Post Mountain Art Space.

Fri 9.12 / VISUAL ART: Ryoichi Kurokaw

Japanese-born artist Ryoichi Kurokaw works across different forms of media, using his unique interpretations of space and sound to create his audio-visual installations. His work, which can encompass forms as diverse as sculpture and multi-screen video, has been displayed at some of the world’s leading modern art galleries and festivals, including the Tate Modern in London and the Venice Biennale.

Kurokaw will perform between 9pm- 6am at the Ming Space of Post Mountain Art Space.


Sat 9.13 / DJ: Prosumer

Resident Berliner and house connoisseur Prosumer sports a sizeable beard and an even more impressive record collection. His 2013 Boiler Room set came in at number eight in Rolling Stone’s best DJ mixes of the year and Beijing can also expect insatiable grooves and house inspired by those Detroit, Chicago and New York classics. He’ll be joined by Wrecka Spinnazz Club, Santo Chino and others.

Prosumer will perform between 9pm-6am at the Bamboo Space of Post Mountain Art Space. 

Sat 9.6 / DANCE: Georgina (House of Melody)

House of Melody are a group of dancers that have, since starting out in 2012, become pioneers of vogueing – a style of house dancing that evolved from the Harlem ballroom scene. Founder Georgina Philp (aka Leo Melody) will perform and host a ‘Voguing Ball Workshop’ alongside members of the notorious club crew, Mona Paris, and a dance team from the Chinese Mainland.

Georgina (House of Melody) will perform between 3pm-midnight at the Bamboo Space at Post Mountain Art Space. 

Sat 9.13 / DJ: Sarah Farina

She may have emerged from a techno-heavy Berlin club scene, but Sarah Farina’s wide-ranging sets span genres as diverse as juke, drum ‘n’ bass and UK funky. She has played alongside the likes of Kode9, dBridge and Disclosure and this time warms the decks for local hero Shackup, who has long been rumbling the Beijing underground with bass of the futuristic variety.

Farina will perform between 9pm-6am at the Ming Space of Post Mountain Art Space. 

Sun 9.14 / WORKSHOP: Tattoo Art Paris vs Beijing

Kermitt Dee from music collective Jekyll & Hyde will work with workshop participants to design and draw tattoos on the spot. And if you like it enough, Beijing’s very own Yangzhuo tattoo studio will be on hand to ink it for you. The artists will delete their design straight after, making you the only wearer of your unique creation.

The tattoo art workshop will be held between 3pm-midnight at the Bamboo Space of Post Mountain Art Space. 

// Tickets for one day are 150RMB (presale 100RMB), one week are 450RMB (presale 260RMB), two week are 900RMB (presale 480RMB). Email, call Post Mountain Art Space at 8400-4774 or visit to reserve tickets.

Full line up:

Fri 5 Sep 2014

Live & DJs 冥想空间/Ming Space 9pm-6am

  • G.A.N (Waveform)
  • FAR/∞ (Beijing)
  • We are not invited (Tree Music)
  • Mickey Zhang (Yen/Beijing)
  • Kermit Dee (Jekyll&Hyde / Paris)
  • Yang Bing (White Rabbit Club/ Haze Club/ Beijing)


Sat 6 Sep 2014

The Vogue & Waack Ball Workshop/Dancing 工作坊

  • Nick V (Mona)
  • Leo Melody (House of Melody/Berlin)
  • Ylva falk (Mona/Paris)
  • Leeo Addiict (Mona/Paris)
  • Marion Fournier (Mona/Paris)
  • Amélie Poulain (Mona/Paris)

Live & DJs 竹想空间/Bamboo Space 3pm-12pm

  • Watermelonman (Full Time Chillers/Retrodance/Beijing)
  • Darcy (Shadowplay)
  • WengWeng (Lantern Club)
  • 张守望 White+ (Beijing)

Wareika Live 冥想空间/Ming Space 9pm-6pm

  • 星期三旅行 (Treemusic)
  • Wareika (Perlon, Visionquest/Berlin)
  • Nik Patrick (Brot/Berlin)
  • Ben Huang (Yellow/Shanghai)


Sun 7 Sep 2014

Street Art Workshop:Paris Vs Beijing/工作坊 竹想空间/Bamboo Space 3pm-12pm

  • Kermit Dee x Kylam (Paris)
  • 0528_球 (李球球)
  • Jin 金鹿

Live & DJs 竹想空间/Bamboo Space

  • Nara
  • ME:MO (Fruity Shop/Beijing)
  • Pei (ByeByeDisco)
  • EDDIE LV (3+2/Beijing)

This is Mona : The Vogue & Waack Ball 冥想空间/Ming Space 9pm-6am

  • Boflex (Dim Sum Disco)
  • Nick V (Mona)
  • ZhiQi (Shadowplay)
  • Leo Melody (House of Melody/Berlin)
  • Ylva falk (Mona/Paris)
  • Leeo Addiict (Mona/Paris)
  • Marion Fournier (Mona/Paris)
  • Amélie Poulain (Mona/Paris)


Thu 11 Sep 2014

Workshop: Vinyl Story/唱片文化交流与听工作坊 竹想空间/Bamboo Space

  • 糖蒜广播
  • Echo
  • Blakk


Fri 12 Sep 2014


Live & DJs 冥想空间/Ming Space

  • 黑川良一 Ryoichi Kurokawa (Berlin)
  • Dead J(WaveformBeijing)
  • Heartbeat (Dement3d/Paris)
  • Polar Inertia (L.I.E.S/Paris)
  • Antigone (Concrete Music /Paris)


Sat 13 Sep 2014

Ableton Sound Creation Workshop 冥想空间/Bamboo Space

  • Skinnerbox (BPitch Control)

Live & Djs 竹想空间/Bamboo Space

  • Santo Chino (Shanghai/USA)
  • Wrecka Spinnazz Club (Club Lonely/Paris)
  • Ralph Zuckermann (Lebensfreude Records/Berlin)
  • Ivan (Beijing)

Live & Djs 冥想空间/Bamboo Space

  • Shackup (Swim)
  • Sarah Farina (Through My Speakers/Berlin)
  • Chix (Through My Speakers/Berlin)
  • Prosumer (Potion, OstGut Ton/PanoramaBar, Playhouse/Edinburgh)


Sun 14 Sep 2014

Workshop: Tattoo Art Paris Vs Beijing 竹想空间/Ming Space

  • Guoji (Beijing)
  • This and That (Shadowplay/Beijing)
  • Evan (Swim/Beijing)
  • X.L.F (Beijing)
  • Eliott Litrowski (Popcorn Record/Paris)
  • Day (Beijing)

Special Guest… 冥想空间/Ming Space

  • RMBit (Hangzhou)

Sonic + Art Project 竹想空间/Ming Space

  • 吴达新
  • 吕志强
  • 挺姿翘(韩金鹏)
  • W² Art Group
  • Clockwork Q
  • 越来越对乐队(吴思林、张怀儒)

Sonic + Art Project 冥想空间/Ming Space

  • 邬建安
  • 陈弘礼
  • 吴珏辉
  • 任航
  • 吴大伟
  • 康靖
  • 万亿
  • 乒乒翻


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