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The Beat: Are You Ready for World Music Day?

A day of free musique all across Beijing

June, summer solstice, vacations, chuanr in the street, fruity concoctions and rooftops ... that’s the life! This city really shines in summer and there’s no reason for it to be different this year, despite all the bricks in the walls.

And by golly, there will be music, despite all the regulations and constraints. While the usual venues will hold their usual gigs, one day will stand out and that’s June 21, known as Fête de la Musique, or World Music Day.

That day, the whole world unites in celebration of music with free concerts all over the world. China is no exception. Beijing is no exception.

What is World Music Day?

Created in France in 1982, it has quickly made a name for itself among music fans all over the world. World Music Day is now celebrated in more than 100 countries.

The concept is simple: Every 21st of June, on the day of the summer solstice, musicians and music lovers are invited to meet each other at musical events that liven up the city’s streets.

Sharing a passion for music, diverse musical styles, the discovery of new artists and a festive atmosphere every year is the mission.

This year, the whole city will be set ablaze on that Wednesday with more than 20 concerts. From Yugong Yishan to 13 Club, everyone is in so get ready for it, grab you map, get on a shared bike and have at it.

Music Lineup

The main venues for the 2017 edition (with the exception of 13 Club) are located conveniently within a 5-minute ride of each other. Here’s a brief summary of some of the main gigs:

Modernsky Lab (Taiwan MC, Chacha & RaddamRas)
Yugong Yishan (Las Aves, Residence A, Gate to Otherside)
Yue Space (French 79, Huangjin, Iimune, VU)

DDC (Hot Club of Beijing, Spice Cabinet, 4 Channel)
Chao Hotel (King Krab)
4 Corners (Tavey Lean and the Solid Gold Dream Machine)
Modernista (Stevie Mac & the Mac Daddies)

Of course, Temple, 4 Corners, 69 Café, Mogu Space, Caravan, Omni Space, Jianghu and everyone else is in. So really, Beijing, on the 21st you have no excuse not to get out because there will be so much awesomeness and it will all be FREE … yes nada, no cover, just get out and listen.

To warm you up for this little shindig, the crew behind Fête de la Musique is also planning an outdoor bash at 77 Theatre on Sunday, June 19, featuring King Krab (France), Mademoiselle et son Orchestre, The Twenties, and a whole lotta Latin beats to dance the afternoon away. Who says we can’t have fun anymore?





Keep in mind that in Beijing, unlike most other cities in the world, this whole event is put together by volunteers, yes, volunteers … with the support of the French Embassy, they have been able to pull off this one-of-a-kind event consistently since 2012. So, for those about to rock, we salute you!

See you on June 19, see you on the 21st, and laissez les bons temps rouler.

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