Rye Music Festival is back for another year with a wicked good lineup of local and international acts. Taking place on Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26 at Changyang Music Theme Park, the major event boasts impressive headliners like shoegazers The Jesus and Mary Chain, Taiwanese pop star Jolin Tsai and singer-songwriter Jay Chou.
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Aside from catching the big names, there are plenty of talented groups and musicians you won't want to miss over the wild weekend. Don't recognize any of the performers? We've got you covered with a handful of acts to check out over the two-day festival.
Angus & Julia Stone
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Australian indie band Angus & Julia Stone have been charming hearts with their mellow folk-pop since the debut of their first full-length album A Book Like This in 2007. After touring and playing sold-out shows, the brother-sister duo went on to release their second album titled Down the Way in 2010, which featured the melancholy track 'Big Jet Plane.'
Fitz and The Tantrums
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Masters of soul-infused dance-pop, Fitz and The Tantrums has the recipe on making an instant hit down pat. The American indie sensation have a history of electrifying and dangerously catchy singles like 'Out of My League' from 2013's More Than Just a Dream and 'HandClap' off of their follow-up self-titled album in 2017.
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Beijing-based pop-punk band New Pants have been setting the trends for years with their heroic indie jams, charged with synths and playful guitar riffs. C'mon, these guys just look cool.
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Taiwanese group EggPlantEgg (what a name) sparked quite the fanbase back home with their expressive and innovative style of indie rock, winning 'Best Musical Group' and 'Best Taiwanese Album' for their first record Cartoon Character at the 29th Golden Melody Awards last year in Taipei.
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Budding Lithuanian pop vocalist Beatrich delivers an effortlessly cool and catchy sound, most notably solidified by her breakthrough single 'About.' She continues to impress with her latest charismatic and infectious hit 'Superstar' in 2017.
Mowmow Lulu Gyaban
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Japanese alt-pop trio Mowmow Lulu Gyaban have evolved since their start in 2005. Inspired by the glitz of 70s glam rock, the loud and proud musicians are now most prominently characterized by their kitschy style, eccentric stage presence and signature funky sound.
Straight Fire Gang
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Heavily influenced by the American rap scene, Straight Fire Gang spit, well, straight fire over boisterous and edgy hip-hop beats. Don't miss their hard-hitting track 'FDG (F*ck Dolce & Gabbana),' dissing the Italian fashion label after last year's controversial ad scandal.
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Formed in Moscow, electro-pop quartet Pompeya brings a cheery mix that spans decades: shimmering 70s disco, synth-based 80s new wave and the best of 90s indie. They debuted their well-crafted record Tropical in 2013, which thrust them into the spotlight and landed them gigs overseas.
Need some extra fine-tuning before hitting the festival scene? Brush up with our handy playlist below, including select tracks from the featured artists.
[Cover image via Jolin Tsai/Facebook]
Sat May 25 & Sun May 25, 12.30-10pm; RMB450 (one-day ticket), RMB800 (weekend pass); Changyang Music Theme Park, see event listing. More tickets to be released – buy tickets here (Saturday) and here (Sunday).