2017 Beijing Summer Music Festival Guide

By Dominique Wong, May 8, 2017

2 0

Although not yet summer in Beijing, temperatures are rising and the city’s buzzing with activity, some bad, but mostly good – like music festivals. That’s right: Despite the cancellation of Beijing’s Strawberry Festival, there are plenty of other music festivals happening all around – and just outside – the city. Check out our picks below.


May 13: Painkiller Fest 2017

201705/insomnium-4f8408e2a8732.jpg

Festival season starts with the [head] bangin' Painkiller Fest 2017. Organized by China's first heavy metal music magazine Painkiller, headliners include“melodic death metal band” Insomnium (pictured), Australian band Orpheus Omega and Brazilian metal heads Krisiun + Nervochaos. The festival will be at Yugong Yishan, and tickets are RMB280 (door) or RMB230 (advance).

See event listing.


May 18-21: Wetware Douban Music Festival

201705/howie-lee2.jpg

Music networking site Douban's Wetware Festival is being held indoors at two local venues, Tango and School Bar. The four-day lineup features a host of acclaimed international and local acts, including American rockers Low, synth-pop act Cold Cave, Beijing wunderkind Howie Lee (pictured) and footwork artist RP Boo. Ticket cost varies (RMB239-389). Look out for our upcoming feature profiling the best artists coming through. Click here to buy tickets.

See event listing.


May 19-21: Peace & Love Festival

201705/13658397_1054846367934235_947176491_n.jpg

Featuring 20 acts altogether, 69 cafe's Peace & Love Festival brings all the good vibes. With artists including Shannon, Ani, Nick Parsons, Kamau and Dooder, expect three evenings of indie-folk and a lot of love. Tickets are RMB66 (door) or RMB55 (advance), with each ticket including a free beverage. 

See event listing.


May 20-21: Great Wall Run Festival

201705/benklock.jpg

Boom's Great Wall Run Festival is picturesque music festival combining electronic music, sick views and physical activity (note the run in the title). Electronic geniuses Oliver Heldens, Fritz Kalkbrenner and Ben Klock (pictured) headline, while local acts include Pancake Lee, Ou Yang and Huang WeiWei. Early bird tickets are sold out but GA tickets are still on sale for RMB500 upwards. The festival will be located at Beijing W Town.

See event event listing.


May 28-30: YinYang Festival

201705/YinYang-Music-Festival--Great-Wall-in-Tianjing-by-Timothee-Engel-for-The-Mansion---331.jpg

YinYang isn't your average music festival. Apart from live music performances, the festival also includes visual art projections and yoga. Eschewing mainstream dance music, the fourth edition of YinYang instead features local acts as well as Worakls and four French DJs from Boiler Room. What's more, the festival takes place on a historic section of Huayaguan Great Wall, Tianjin (the border of Beijing). Camping and hotel packages are available. Click here to buy tickets.

See event listing.


May 28: Intro Electronic Music Festival

201705/0005042045_10.jpg

Intro 2017 Electronic Music Festival Beijing will be held in Grand Epoch City. The annual event, now in its eighth year, is China's longest running EDM festival. This year's techno lineup includes Zadig (France), UVB (France), Virginia (Germany), Nikita (Russia), Wengweng (China) Mickey Zhang (China), Yangbing (China) and Shao (China). Meanwhile, bass artists include DJ Paypal (US), MikeQ (US), Asian Eyez (China) and Shackup (China). A must-see for EDM lovers.

See event listing.


Jun 3-4: Legal Vitamins

201705/gatetootherside.jpg

Dubbed as Beijing’s “first noise, shoegaze and psychedelic festival,” Modernsky’s Legal Vitamins is a trippy, two-day bash featuring some of the country's best bands. Day one features The Molds, TOW, Gate to Otherwise (pictured) and Last Goodbye, while day two sees The Dice, Future Orients, Backspace and Default perform. Tickets cost RMB100 (for two people or two-day pass), RMB80 (door), RMB60 (advance).

See event listing.

more news

Live Unplugged Indie Music in Beijing? Check It Out This Sunday

The second edition of ‘Get Unplugged’ by Music Dish takes place at Aotu Space in Beijing this Sunday, July 11.

'Unplugged' Live Music in Beijing

'Get Unplugged' was hosted by Music Dish and featured performances by three distinct singer-songwriters.

Jesse Warren Talks Shenzhen Music and New Mettasonic Releases

We caught up with musical maestro Jesse Warren to chat about two upcoming Mettasonic releases, 'Made in Shenzhen EP' and 'Mettā Muzik, Vol 3.'

Beijing Live Music Institution DDC is Closing

Another one bites the dust.

Conflicting Tides: Digital Streaming and Live Music in China

Consumption of digital music in China is growing rapidly. But does this growth come at a loss for the live music industry?

Cruel Buddhist Talks Making Music with ADHD and Sketching Songs

We linked up with American producer Cruel Buddhist to chat about his process.

4 Online Music Shows to Jam Out With On Valentine's Day

Online music streams are moving in the age of the novel coronavirus.

Gavin Wong Talks Online Radio, Hong Kong Music and Driving Scenes Forward

We spoked to Hong Kong Community Radio founder Gavin Wong about the importance of online radio stations in China's music scene.

0 User Comments

In Case You Missed It…

We're on WeChat!

Scan our QR Code at right or follow us at ThatsBeijing for events, guides, giveaways and much more!

7 Days in Beijing With thatsmags.com

Weekly updates to your email inbox every Wednesday

Subscribe

Download previous issues

Never miss an issue of That's Beijing!

Visit the archives