A small-scale, one-day music festival was held at the former 420 Factory buildings (now the grounds of the 24 City real-estate project) Saturday.
Despite low entrance fees and fantastic weather, the low-key, for-charity Rock Aid Sichuan festival attracted only around 500 attendees.
Headlining was Finnish contemporary rock band Oriental Jam but it was traditional Tibetan folk band Gesar (pictured above) who stole the show, along with local folksters Gao Band and ska-ish rockers Mr. Chelonian, who wrapped up the night.
Power cut out several times, leaving the audience to amuse themselves by playing hand drums or visiting the small-scale flea market on the grounds.
Rock Aid's Sichuan's stated cause is "Yi ren, yi ben shu," (一人一本书), or "One Person, One book," a local organization that has been providing books to children in Sichuan's rural areas since 2004. To that end, festival-goers were requested to donate a children's book along with their purchase of an entrance ticket.
Next year the festival's organizers plan to hold another festival.
The music was over at around 10 p.m., after which those in the mood to continue the party headed to Hemp House for some tunes from DJs Thomas and D. Bassmann.
See more photos of the festival here.
All photos by Leo Chen & Dan Sandoval