Beijing Live Music Institution DDC is Closing

By That's Beijing, May 13, 2020

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Another one bites the dust. DDC (Dusk Dawn Club) becomes the latest Beijing venue to shutter in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The popular live music spot at Shanlao Hutong announced the news in a WeChat post Tuesday, citing uncertainties resulting from the coronavirus outbreak. 

The award-winning livehouse, which first rocked Beijing’s music scene in 2014, was forced to close for three months due to strict lockdown measures aimed at preventing and controlling the virus. DDC opened up its bar section two weeks ago as lockdown measures in the city gradually loosened up. But with no dates set for live gigs to return to the capital, the venue was forced to make the difficult decision to close its doors, effective immediately.

DDC is Closing
Image via DDC/Douban

The news comes amid closures of several live music venues across China. Earlier this week, Shanghai underground hotspot Arkham announced it would be calling it quits this weekend.

But it’s not the end of DDC’s independent live music. Live gigs are scheduled to return at its sister venue in Qinhuangdao next month. DDC’s owners also said they’ll be on the hunt for a new Beijing spot once the situation subsides, according to Tuesday’s announcement. They encourage fans to send leads for suitable locations to jincanzh@gmail.com.

[Cover image via DDC/Douban]

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