UPDATE: Just got a message from Lezi to say that the second round of the Zhulu Hefeng university tour has been going really well so far with over 400 students turning up for the Donghua University show (pictured)
This blog and Andy's basically focus on gigs that take place, and bands that play, at a handful of venues around town: Yuyintang, MAO Livehouse and occasionally Zhijiang Dream Factory. Now and again, one or other of us will make it up to 696 or Live Bar, but otherwise we pretty much stay in our city centre comfort zone. And why not? There's nothing else going on out in the sticks anyway, right?
Maybe. But recently Micah Sittig left this comment on a post on Andy's blog.
'> There has been(?) a move of focus from the centre to the suburbs /
Andy responded thus: 'Hmmn, someone needs to look into this and report. I may have to lean on Jake.'
Well he didn't and I haven't exactly investigated it thoroughly, but there are a few things happening out at the universities that point to a steady growth of live music activities on campus. Firstly, there's the second round of the Zhu Lu He Feng university tours, which started last week and will take in eight universities by the time it finishes at the beginning of December. Read more about that here
Then on December 1st, Stegosaurus? are playing an early evening show at Jiaotong's Minhang campus as part of the third SJTU Music Festival. There's ten bands in total, it's free and there's more details here
if you fancy going.
Also, in Songjiang on December 5th, bands like Triple Smash, Momo and Da Fresh are playing a Sunday afternoon show in a square at the Foreign Trade University. Details here
Finally, on December 10th, Stegosaurus? return to university land with a show at Corner Bar Livehouse, which I wrote about before here
If anyone reading this makes it to any of those shows or the Live Bar Wujiaochang opening this weekend, I'd be interested to know how they go.