Shanghai Concrete & Grass 2018
Jun Togawa with Vampillia - Untapped, uncontrolled madness from Japan’s radical, legendary underground singer.
Zee Avi - A catchy, carefree indie pop songstress with an extraordinarily expansive voice.
Suchmos - Japanese Jamiroquai: acid jazz dance-funk that’s sizzling hot and peak cool.
The Jillionaire - 1/3rd of Major Lazer. 2/3rds reggae-tinged dancehall. 3/3 accomplished party starter.
DYGL - Pitch-perfect Japanese Britpop with style, swagger and the grooviest of hooks.
The Shanghai Restoration Project - Brainy yet whimsical electronica that channels the golden age of Shanghai jazz
Crossfaith - Breakneck, pulsing metal-meets-electronica that’ll have you moshing AND raving
Tofubeats - Squiggly beats meet squishy vocals in fresh umami-flavoured Japanese wooze-pop
Emiliana Torrini & The Colorist - Luminous, stately orchestral pop from one of Iceland’s loveliest pop stars
Mallrat - A magnetic young singer-songwriter who’s wistful, danceable and utterly irresistible.
Suicideyear - Maximal minimalism: ethereal soundscapes under gloomy synth clouds
Yahyel - Colorfully disorienting electro-rock from an enigmatic, subversive Tokyo collective
Cancer Bats - Hardcore punk that’s loud, fast, fun and cranked up to 11
And So I Watch You From Afar - Formidable, exhilarating instrumental rock played with manic, magical glee
David Thomas Broughton - Surreal, absurd freak-folk that goes down some apocalyptic, alchemical side-roads
William Tyler - Sublime, emotional post-country for wide-open vistas and the great outdoors
Donae’O - High-energy hip-hop and funk-tastic antics from the UK’s most daring grime figurehead
Kiltir Maloya - Electrifying, hypnotic traditional Creole dance music all the way from the Indian Ocean
Hong Kong, Taiwan and Mainland acts:
落日飞车 Sunset Rollercoaster - A synth-soul whirlwind of good-time grooves and blues-soaked nostalgia
秘密行动 Stolen - Propulsive, elemental dance punk that’s somewhere between beautiful and sinister
Vroskiii - Restless, fresh Chinese hip-hop with smooth flow and razor-sharp bite
法兹FAZI - Chinese post-punk that’s forceful and driving: true anthems for today’s doomed youth
Future Orients - Thrilling post-punk with hazy shoegaze pleasures and a sinister
Chinese Football - Twinkling and melodic indie emo, simultaneously delicate, beautiful and yearning.
33EMYBW + GOOOOOSE- Startling visions and ominous beats from Shanghai’s avant-garde vanguard
ollo－MAM &Endy Chen - Shoulder-shuffling grooves from Shanghai’s clairvoyants of the vinyl crate
热地乐队 Rid Band - Timeless Mongolian sounds meet blistering rock’n’roll for guaranteed on-stage madness
Preme - Soul, funk and disco beats from one of Shanghai’s most forward-thinking crews
Loft Beach - Cheeky, geeky soft-focus Shanghai indie rock to make you feel young and nostalgic
That's the line-up for now. More TBA in the coming weeks. They've got a pre-sale price of 360rmb for one-day passes and 600rmb for two-day passes, valid until the second line-up announcement, when the prices bump up to 460/780 respectively.
This year they're also introducing a Premium pass, which among other things includes (and we quote) "Access to the Fat Cats clubhouse (including shaded indoor seating, outdoor viewing area and VIP bar)." It comes with indoor toilet facilities. Ah, the festival life!