The Background: First they were called Black Rabbit, back in 2011. Then they changed the name to [redacted] for 2015. Now, Split Works' big fall music festival is called Concrete & Grass, happening (allegedly) September 16 and 17 on a nice, soft field in Pudong.
And if these *RUMORS* are correct, then they've got the most well-rounded, impressive lineup of any festival this year.
Would you like to know more?
Okay, so here's fifteen of the acts they've booked. SmartTicket will have tickets for this one real soon, probably by the end of the week, so hang tight.
1. Nelly: Legacy American hip hop from the '90s. Huge following in China. Your ayi probably knows "It's getting hot in here..." He's playing with a full band. MUST BE THE MONEY.
2. Edison Chen: Fallen movie star (sex scandal!) and corny rapper who will pull a lot of people to the fest. Check the VICE documentary if you haven't yet.
3. Sekai no Owari a.k.a. End of The World: One of Japan's biggest bands at the moment. Kind of a EDM x rock crossover. Check the video.
4. Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks: Former frontman of seminal '90s band Pavement. Big one for the indie kids. Morgan's stoked.
5. HEALTH: Such a good band, especially live. Heavy, noise rock band with electronic influences. Fans of Crystal Castles will dig. They like capital letters. Just listen to their whole album.
6. A$AP Ferg: Arguably bigger than A$AP Rocky at this point, the NYC rapper (pictured up top) is still riding high on one of 2016's best singles, "New Level", a so-so album, and classic singles like "Work", "Shaba Ranks", and "Hood Pope". Super hype performer as well.
7. DJ Premier: Your favorite old-school East Coast hip hop? Premier produced at least half of it. Gang Starr, Big L, M.O.P., Nas, Biggie, Jay-Z, Busta Rhymes -- Primo made beats for all of 'em. Legend, making his return to Shanghai.
8. The Go! Team: Early 2000s freakout cheerleading squad that made a classic album about ten years ago. Remember that one??
9. Peezy & Bloodz Boi: Two of Beijing's most exciting young rappers. Peep the recent track they did together.
10. Birdstriking: Just a really rad Beijing rock band (and nice people). Check out their new album on Bandcamp, released just a few months back.
11. DJ Craze: One of the dopest true DJs in the game. Residences in Vegas while keeping it real. Well, pretty trap these days, but undeniable skills. Check the skills.
12. Machinedrum: Prolific producer of footwork, juke, drum and bass, and hip hop beats for rappers. Really looking forward to that. Peep a recent mix.
13. Miyavi: Just some insane, Japanese visual kei rock. Next level slap guitar skills Lot of fans here. He was also in that movie, Unbroken. Here's an old video. (Our editor Rhiannon is a massive fan).
14. Wang Wen: Huge post-rock band from Dalian. They always pack Mao Livehouse when they come to town.
15. The Cribs: It's 2007 and you're reading Pitchfork. UK indie pop from the aughts.
Impressive all around. Split Works have been grinding on this since 2015 -- major respect and props to their squad.
There are other names, like Brenmar, Ben UFO, Zuriaake, Jason Hou, and more, More, MORE. Something for everyone. Full line-up to be released soon. So soon.
When the rain washes you clean... you'll know, you'll know.
[And if anyone asks, well, we just made all this up.]