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Strawberry Festival Beijing 2016 headliners revealed

The Prodigy lead a Brit-heavy line-up at the festival's new site

Disclosure join the Strawberry Festival 2016 bill
The headliners for 2016's Beijing Strawberry Festival has been revealed, along with the full line-up for the Shanghai leg of the fest, and it's... a bit underwhelming. We already knew that British dance legends The Prodigy were set to headline – a good booking, even if the electronic slant is a little odd given organisers Modern Sky's plans to hold a dedicated electronic music festival two weeks after Strawberry – but turns out they're far and away the biggest name on the bill.

Joining them as headliners at the new site in Hebei (roughly 50km from Beijing, chill) will be fellow UK electronic acts Disclosure and (the already announced) Modestep. It's not quite the same as last year's mix of Dinosaur Jr, Carly-Rae Jepsen, Tricky and The Hives in Shanghai (Beijing was cancelled), but London-raised, big-in-the-States duo Disclosure ought to draw a crowd at least.

Here's a bit of double Grammy-nominated Disclosure for the uninitiated:


In Shanghai, most of the acts have been announced; we're still waiting for the full line-ups in Beijing. If previous years are anything to go by, however, the Beijing and Shanghai festivals will have very similar line-ups. Which means we're likely to see Strawberry regulars such as punk-turned-dance-pop outfit New Pants, reggae rockers Long Shen Dao and old-school rock act Second Hand Rose, along with Beijing's Queen Sea Big Shark.

In Shanghai, 66-year-old pop composer Ara Kimbo heads up the Taiwanese contingent for the festival, with Sissey Chou (the self-styled 'Jim Morrison of Taiwan' – no, really) and pop-rockers Matzka featuring as well. And there's a strong presence for Korean acts with Apollo 18, Exid and Hyukoh all appearing high up on the bill.

Excellent Lanzhou folk-rock act Low Wormwood will be making an appearance down south, and the festival will feature one of the first live outings for Anti-Dogs, the post-rock band formed in the wake of the demise of Shanghai stalwarts Top Floor Circus.

Keep your eyes on the Time Out blog over the next few days – we'll let you know as soon as the full Beijing line-up is confirmed.

Strawberry Festival 2016 will be held at Grand Epoch City Apr 30-May 2. See full event details.

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