After all the hype, Mao Shanghai opened. Andy's review of the opening night is here and there's his write up of the Mushrooms gig that followed a few days later here. We've been hinting for a while that this could be the last Mushrooms show for quite a bit (making me doubly gutted to have missed it) and I wish I could say more about why this is, but rest assured all will be revealed when I'm allowed to say something. Rounding out the first slew of gigs at Mao was the Rock Shanghai anniversary party. I'm looking forward to catching a show there soon.
The Global Battle of the Bands competition returned to Shanghai. Despite a good turn out of local talent in Beijing (they had 20 bands, of which 2 were laowai acts), the Shanghai leg wasn't quite as successful. I speculated on some of the reasons for this before. Nevertheless, 7 acts took part and you can read all about it here.
Then, the real craziness kicked in. Maybe we should all be used to the ridiculous whims of the Party, but I was still pretty shocked to read about the decimation of the Modern Sky Festival on China Music Radar. That was followed by Andy posting that the ban extended too all gigs by foreign bands which apparently led to the bizarre spectacle of The (International) Noise Conspiracy standing around in Yuyintang unable to play at the gig they were meant to be headlining. What. The. Fuck?
Plenty of other stuff happened too. Crucially, there was my music video debut and I also featured, slightly more embarrassingly, in another video. Seriously though, those are two class videos (my cameos aside I mean).
Finally, there was news that gigs might be starting up again at Harley's. Actually, that gig was last night and, after bumping into Swiss James (he of ISpyShanghai and Gang of Three fame) who mentioned it, I'd planned to go. Unfortunately, I'm still recovering from my travels and tiredness got the better of me around about the time I should have been heading over there. Still, it'll be interesting to see if this was just a one off or the start of regular shows there again. I think the last time I saw a show there was The Fuck'ndrolls with The Scoff, neither of whom exist any more, which goes some way to showing how long ago it was.
Anyway, hopefully that's the last gig I miss due to fatigue for a while. Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more...