You thought festival season was over. It ain't. Here comes [at least] one last music festival for the 2-0-1-4, out in that water-village Zhujiajiao on Nov 8 and 9. They're calling this little hippie affair the Shalanaya Festival
, and we're looking at an all night fest with two stages, twenty DJs dropping house, psytrance, and ambient, cheap vegetarian food, a chai tent, fire dancers, cheap camping, two big bonfires, and a proper soundsystem. Here's why they're doing this, according to one of the organizers:
"If nothing else try to get the fucking kids out of the Shanghai clubs for just once, let them walk around on some grassy fields/trees, connect with nature, look at the moon and if not expand their consciousness a bit, at least widen their repertoire of what fun and play and dancing can be, even in Shanghai."
Admirable goals. I've been to Zhujiajiao about four times and it's a nice spot filled with trees and canals. Some may remember The Antidote Festival
there back in the 2-0-0-9 as one of the best days ever. This will probably make for a nice escape from the city. Getting there requires a one-hour journey by bus or metro + sketchy cab. Tickets are 120rmb pre-sale or 180rmb at the door. More info on this as we get it.