Dong Dong - the 'mini but mighty' music festival and industry convention - is back this year with four action-packed days of gigs and events. Organized by Kaiguan Culture, a production and promotion agency based in Beijing, the two-year-old fest is aimed at introducing the Chinese rock and underground scene to international industry figures interested in exploiting the hell out of it (just kidding).
Though most of the convention events - i.e. workshops and panel talks - are limited to industry folks (unless of course you're willing to shell out 450RMB for a delegate's pass), we humble locals still get to benefit from the sweet, sweet showcases they'll be holding from Wednesday through Saturday. For more about the event itself, read our preview here
. For our top picks for the festival's gigs, read on:
Wednesday 26 at Yugong Yishan
For its first big showcase, Dong Dong throws down a folk-heavy line-up with a dizzying range of traditions. Headlining are Zhang Weiwei & Guo Long, who play mellow, accordian-driven Chinese folk. Zhang Weiwei is best known as a former member of urban folk trailblazers Wild Children, and enjoys a status close to that of musicians like Su Yang or Xiao He. Another highlight is Tiloun, who hails from St Denis on the island of Réunion and plays 'Maloya', a kind of indigenous, percussion-based genre rooted in the folk music traditions of African and Malagasy slaves and Indian indentured workers. Rounding out the line-up are Beijing's own Djang San, who, along with his band, plays a unique blend of electronic and Chinese folk, and the Aupa Quartet from Spain, who perform a mix of jazz, funk, flamenco and more. Below is a video of Tiloun performing at the 2012 Hanggai Festival, courtesy of Live Beijing Music: