UPDATE (March 23, 2012): From the organizers: "There should be two stages again like the previous years. The main headliner is Stanley Huang, who used to be part of the LA Boyz. Zebra is also continuing this year with a Battle of the Bands competition, and each festival day will open with one of the contest's three finalists." They also added that tickets will cost RMB120 per day.
For the fourth year in a row, the Zebra Music Festival makes its way to Chengdu. This year the three-day festival runs from Sunday to Tuesday, April 29 to May 1.
Foreign bands that have been confirmed for the main stage include French indie band Tahiti80 and wild electro rockers Nasser. Following the announcement of the openings of the Israeli and Austalian consulates this week, two bands represent: Melbourne skate punkers Backyard Surgeons, and the Haifa punk band Useless ID, dubbed Israel's most successful punk band. Kunming-based Italian punk band Smegma Riot and Chengdu-based psychedelic rockers Canadian/U.S./Chinese Proximity Butterfly (变色蝴蝶) complete the foreign rock lineup.
Of course, Zebra wouldn't be Zebra if the prime time wasn't reserved for Mandopop teen magnets, this time exclusively male; among their ranks are Mainland boygroup Top Combine (至上励合) whose members were recruited from the Superboy TV talent competition; their Taiwanese counterpart, Lollipop F (棒棒堂), a fabrication of Channel V's show Bang Bang Tang (模范棒棒堂); Da Zhang Wei (大张伟) from the Mandopop boygroup The Flowers (花儿乐队); Taiwanese aboriginal singer Van Yi-Chen Fan (范逸臣); Taiwanese American R&B singer from California boyband L.A. Boyz Stanley Huang (黄立行); and the more pop-rocky Shin (信乐团).
Local Chinese bands that have been confirmed have all already played at Zebra, if not on the main stage, on the smaller rock stage, and include Tree & Color (树于颜色), Tong Dang (童党), Mosaic (马赛克), Mr. Turtle aka Mr. Chelonian (海龟先生),
and Stolen (秘密行动).
Location: Poly 198 Park
Photo by Dan Sandoval