This year there will be two pre-Jue tours, when Split bring Ben Folds Five and Thee Oh Sees in for February dates in Bejing and Shanghai. Dates TDB.
This is the fifth time Split Works has put on Jue. The festival will take place at
numerous venues in Beijing and Shanghai next Martch 8-24. Apart from live shows, there will be art exhibitions, film screenings, theater, literary stuffage, all under the Jue umbrella. It's like a great stodgy cultural buffet and we can graze it, growing fat on the plenty of the world's artists and musicians.
More acts will be named in the new year, including, probably... Grizzly Bear, the New York folk / psychedelic / rock band signed to Warp Records. Split say they are "90% confirmed" to play Jue. Their fourth album, Shields, came out in September. Do it. It's the tits.
On top of all that, Jue are calling for submissions for art shows or events to take place as part of the festival. They're looking for ideas now for exhibitions and performances, screenings, eco events, screenings or literary stuff. If you have a space and you want to offer it for use, get in touch. If you're an artist looking for a place to show your work, do likewise. Contact shanghaijue[at]spli-t.com with the name of whatever thing you want to do, a brief description of your "thing", any relevant press, bios, videos etc., and a full explanation of how Jue can help you. The deadline for that is December 21.
We'll have full info on all the Jue shows, art and music, plus prices for tickets and so on, in due course. For now, the Split Works site has all the info that's been released so far.