Last year, Xiongmao (Panda) had its soft opening. There was a lot of buzz leading up to it, as founder Tan Zhong had opened a number of Chengdu venues over the years, none of which had taken off. The curious and the skeptical all trickled in to see for themselves the warehouse-style club that sat on the far corner of the plaza known to most of the international community as the house of Panam(e).
Then the earthquake hit, and most people were spending their time figuring out ways to volunteer with relief efforts and generally avoiding entertainment venues.
And thus passed a quiet first few months for the Xiongmao. Maybe these inauspicious beginnings lent themselves to the club's cold-as-steel ambience, although the all-silver and black industrial-inspired interior probably helps as well.
Over the past year, Xiongmao has made a name for itself as Chengdu's only real home for noncommercial electronic music. Hosting some fairly big-name events including Shanghai's Antidote party featuring producer B6 and DJ Ozone last December, Beijing 8-bit DJ Sulumi in January has helped put not only Xiongmao but Chengdu city on the map of happening places in China.
A hit among the young local club kids as well as foreigners alike, Xiongmao nabbed the award for "best newcomer" in local city magazine CHENGDOO citylife's annual readers' poll, and also claimed an honorable mention for the "best club" category.
In addition to its regular local party series, including the three-room United Colors of Music, weekly Thursdaze parties, and the well-received celebrity parties, Xiongmao opened its arms to a rock gig for local European band Armissan's last gig.
The holiday season saw several joint parties between Xiongmao and neighbor Café Panam(e), including the Haunted Hospital Halloween party and the New Year's Eve bash.
View of the Zebra Music Festival of the Xiongmao stage.
But Xiongmao's biggest stunt to date was organizing the Xiongmao stage at this month's Zebra Music Festival—three days of music under the sun. The Xiongmao stage, conveniently located between the main stage and the minor stage, pulled in electronic-music acts from Chengdu, Beijing, and even abroad.
Xiongmao is the place to be this weekend as it celebrates its first anniversary with a three-night party series titled "White Party, Black Party, United Colours." In keeping with its namesake's coloring, guests are asked to wear white on Friday and black on Saturday.
Friday ("White Party") sees DJs Martin, Braedon, Bassmann, Jiongjiong while Saturday ("Black Party") pulls in DJs Dutsie Wilde, Andy Mac, Elektra Kute and Geezer.
The following Friday, May 22, United Colours sees a dozen DJs spread across the club's three floors. Xiongmao will once again team up with Panam(e) who will function as the fourth room, a chill-out lounge.
The party starts at 10 p.m. each night. Entrance is free to the black and white parties and RMB 30 for the United Colours.