For the past seven years, Chun You （春游） has been the most hotly anticipated time of the year for discerning music fans in Chengdu. This year 19-21 April, the organisers Morning 早上好 look to outdo themselves as they take us to a beautiful lakeside location near Emei, for a full three-night, camping experience.
Kiwese is here with what you need to know about this well-loved Chengdu indie festival.
From quiet beginnings, Chun You was first held at the first Morning Bar Flower Town location in 2013 to a small crowd of mostly musicians, friends and family. The festival has become bigger and better each year, later moving location to the utopian, swimming pool savvy chill zone of Morning House and last year to the grass lawn of the Fanmu Art Zone.
To illustrate the development of Chun You from a humble yard gathering to a full scale music festival, let us observe this Hiperson slideshow from 2015-2018:
Morning are the most locally minded crew in Chengdu – setting up a pop up hot pot restaurant on the lawn in front of the Main Stage last year – and this year they are set to go much further. As someone who has stumbled out of a tent at Chun You and eaten half a burnt pizza for survival, I am pleased to know this year Chun You will be hosting a food village on site with breakfast, lunch and dinner available throughout the festival.
This year will feature a whopping FOUR STAGES across the weekend: Main Stage for bands, Electronic Stage for live sets, Chill Stage in the Bar Zone for DJs and the Imagination Stage, basically the Psytrance camp.
As always, local talent is front and centre this year, featuring the usual suspects Stolen, The Hormones and Jahwahzoo on the Main Stage, as well as a debut appearance from Beijing’s Birdstriking and follow up from FAZI. With members of Hiperson away in London, the band will be sorely missed from the line up, their first omission since the festival started in 2013.
While the idea of a band appearing more than twice in a row at the same festival may seem repetitive to some, the charm and appeal of Chun You is that it features artists who are active in the scene and showcases their development over a long period of time, providing the soundtrack to the city we live in as it it too, develops. Artists practice all year for their Chun You appearance – it is the show that matters, the one that sticks.
Constantly hampered by noise complaints – resulting in Stolen’s closing set being cut short last year – Morning have decisively cut the bullshit by taking the festival right out of town to a distant lake area where there are no neighbouring residents to speak of.
This year, environmentalism lies at the heart of the festival — with recycled and eco-friendly materials used where possible. Each stage has been built within its own unique natural landscape. To love nature is to protect the environment. Expect to see more of the bamboo stages and festival accoutrements Morning are known for.
The excitement is palpable. The full outdoor experience means we finally get to have a proper, immersive three-day camping fest, something we haven’t had since Morning and NUTS Chongqing held the last NEVERLAND electronic music festival in 2016. For a teaser of this year’s Chun You location at Heilongtan Fanmu Music Park, check out these photos:
【主办】Hosted by Morning早上好
【时间】Time 4.19 – 4.21
How to get to Chun You?
“Simple Tour简途” Return Bus Routes
Science City Metro Station – Heilongtan Fanmu Music Park
Number of Buses: 5 #47 buses (determined by number of tickets sold)
Time: 11:00-16:00 (depart every 30 minutes, or rolling start)
Duration: 30 – 40 minutes
Departure Point: Science City Subway Station (Exit A1)
Price: 28RMB per person per journey
Route: Science City Metro Station – Tianfu Avenue – Heilongtan Huanhu Road – Chun You Festival Site (approx 35km, without stopping along the way)
Black Dragon Beach Fanmu Music Park – Tianfu Square
Number of Buses: 5 #47 buses (determined by number of tickets sold)
Departure Time: 23:00-23:30 (rolling departure)
Duration: 80-90 minutes
Departure Point: Chun You Parking Lot
Price: 58RMB per person per journey
Route: Chun You Festival Site – Heilongtan Huanhu Road – Tianfu Avenue – via Renmin South Road – Tianfu Square (about 70 kilometers, without stopping on the way)
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Where to stay at Chun You?
One of my favourite things about Chun You is seeing how it evolves on previous experiences each year. From the Steam Hostel poolside tent rental service in 2016 (which basically resulted in drunk punters crashing in and around them throughout the weekend), to the swish set up from COART CAMP this year, Chun You are an ever growing organism of know-how and experience. We trust them to take care of us. Or at least throw a blanket over us when we’ve comaed out next to a burnt out campfire.
1. On-Site Tent Rental
All tent rental options include sleeping bag and mattress, you can also bring your own. Water is available on site for washing.
名称/Type ：单人帐篷 / Single Person Tent
面积/Size ：4 ㎡
价格/ Price：100/天 per day
名称/Type ：小帐篷（双人）/ Small Tent (2 people)
价格/Price：100/天 per day
名称/Type ：铃铛（4人）Bell (4 people)
价格/Price：300/天 per day
名称/Type：自然醒（4人）Natural Awakening (4 people)
价格/Price：300/天 per day
名称/Type：蒙古包（4人）Yurt (4 people)
价格/Price：300/天 per day
名称/Type：印第安（6-8人）Teepee (6-8 people)
2. Bring Your Own Tent: Rentals are limited, guarantee shelter by bringing your own to the campsite.
3. Hotels: Search the festival site：“黑龙滩中铁梵木音乐公园” and find something nearby.
Who’s playing this year?
Before tucking into the ENORMOUS line up info below, check out the review videos from 2017 and 2018, beautifully shot, crafted and edited by the indefatigable Havoc Studio. Kiwese can be found talking shit both years.
Chunyou 2018 Official Video:
Chunyou 2017 Official Video:
In collaboration with .TAG, Chun You are pleased to announce this special warm up party on the Friday night, making the most of the outdoors and the fruits of the absolute MISH it will be to set shit up out there.
主舞台 MAIN STAGE
A children’s band from Xichang.
Not trying to convince you of anything, just pure expression. People will have their own response.
In a post industrial era, Glow Curve are trying to maintain traditional music techniques.
Dizkar’s music is like whiskey, a flowing beam of sunshine.
YEHAIYAHAN a.k.a ChaCha,多身份独立音乐人及声音艺术家。 她不属于疯狂也不属于静谧，她来自属于自己的天地，一直和音乐在一起。
YEHAIYAHAN is a multi-identity independent musician and vocal artist. She does not belong to madness or quietness. She comes from her own world and has always been with music.
From Chengdu, noise makers, from the streets, old faces and new line-up, we will tell you the true story of Chengdu in our way.
A robot, an electronic person and a sexy person. They crashed in Chengdu not long ago and have been rocking their funky electronic music ever since.
No ballads, no experiments, no drama.
They’re a paradoxical band.
Jah Wah Zoo
There is only love in this world. The world is made of love. When you come to this world, everyone and everything you see comes from love, and finally wherever you go is because of love.
Cold mechanical rhythms, orderly, delicate noise and three dimensional grooves enter into a structure of clear cut visuals, forming an potent chemical reaction, exploring the abstract world of hypnotism and excitement.
电子舞台 ELECTRONIC STAGE
777 （环形山推荐 / Crater Records Recommendation）
777 is the solo sound exploration project of Yu San.
Born at the end of 2016, it looks at the specialities of the dance floor environment
Cold, heartless rhythms in the darkness, describing invisible imagination,
Infinite Experience and Expression of Unknown Language
现居北京, 电子音乐人、制作人、乐手。2016年与电子音乐人PUNX以及多媒体艺术家VU、FAR INFINITY创办电子音乐厂牌“夷希PRAJNASONIC”。
Beijing-based electronic musician, producer. Co-founded the electronic music label Prajnasonic with Punx, VU, Far Infinity in 2016.
SHAO（环形山推荐／Crater Records Recommendation）
Influenced by traditional Eastern music, German industrialism and Bauhaus, Shao has been exploring various possibilities of sound in abstract space.
现任摩登天空旗下氛围音乐厂牌“Sound Blanc · 白”总监。
Currently the Director of Sound Blanc with Modern Sky Music.
严俊(环形山推荐／Crater Records Recommendation）
Sakamoto also likes his music.
流淌着党项血脉的异乡客，用合成器说话的科学怪 纯硬件live set践行者
A stranger flowing through the blood of the party, a scientific monster speaking with a synthesizer. Pure hardware live set practitioner.
Enchanting, dense acid basslines intersect with steady techno drums, full of complex modulation and controllable synthesizer voices, with the aggression of rock grooves.
Distorted drones clash with drum heavy rhythms and rough and ready, second hand cassette cuts, using sequencers, guitar, effects and radio noise to create a kind of “lo-hifi” dance music. Kaishandao is endlessly inspired by the DIY spirit, urban hippie lifestyle and party stamina of Chengdu’s multiplex underground.
KARMASUB combines classicism, borderless ideologies, environmental sound, electronic music, Oriental colours and other elements in it’s creation, trying to explore post-modern philosophy from the perspective of sound.
SUNNY W (52赫兹)
Underground techno DJ. Sunny W has performed in many cities and his skills have been recognised by the dance floor and professionals alike.
XIAOLONG (33 STUDIO)
His deep, professional DJ experience and love of electronic music make him a sure favourite at parties. Xiaolong has a calm, flexible style.
You must have met him on the dance floor. His wish is simple – to let the kind, beautiful people feel the smell, shape and melody of love.
CHILL舞台 CHILL STAGE
Skilful integration of bass and hip hop.
Excellent music producer and DJ, founder of Underground, the earliest electronic club in Chengdu. Veteran member of Mingtang, an independent brand. Founder of MIST.
SOULARK (CDC BREAKERZ)
In a USB era, we insist on playing only vinyl. In China, where vinyl is rare, we still excavate all kinds of records with a keen taste.
Dance music enthusiast, has long used dirty DJ tricks to deliver that good good Funk, Soul, Disco and Hip Hop.
Whether it is Hip Hop or 4/4 electronic music, Bowie oozes a distinctive style.
LUNA LI (СИНТЕЗ/SYNTHESIS)
Chengdu-based DJ representing the Synthesis label.
Vc7 believes music is an endless universe and wants to share her favourite music with you.
No longer satisfied with just raving, Darkle is ready to bring beautiful melodies to all the music lovers.
Raver turned DJ.
来自gangsamosa/stonagang/yiltiz iskilat 的融合体，在成都聚首 给大家带来好的音乐和派对
The inblood crew is here in Chengdu to bring the party.
MC, rapper, party organiser. Full of style and energy, injecting fresh blood to the scene.
Emerged in 2008, LC Que is a rapper of distinction.
Raps in a distinctive blend of Chinese and English. Melodic and lyrical.
Unique voice and style.
DJ and Independent Photographer.
Hear the melodic rhythm of the collision between North and South.
想象力舞台 IMAGINATION STAGE
PSY101’s music has a great sense depth, illusion and rhythm, presented in the mix with a strong sense of musicality and imagery.
Long-term travel and exploration have made his music diverse and energetic.
BECAR (INSOMNIA RECORDS)
Vadim Becar，来自俄罗斯，是Insomnia唱片公司的创始人。除了唱片公司主理外，Becar还是一名派对组织者。目前，Insomnia Records已经有了许多概念性的发布，还举办了大量真正underground的派对，包括Insomnia Trance Culture Festival。
DJ Vadim Becar is the founder and director of Insomnia Records, having released many records and hosted a large number of underground parties, including Insomnia Trance Culture Festival.
Tao’s style is deep, dark forest psytrance, which makes all the creatures on the dance floor shuttle around the magical woods.
Chengdu psytrance DJ and party organizer. Thick basslines and mischievous tones come together and explode with great energy for only one purpose: crazy dancing!
老黑 LAO HEI
Yunnan reggae musician.
JAN has absorbed nutrients from his cultural origins and traditions, insisting on making experimental music with elements of Altaic native instrumentation.
巴彦达莱 BAYAN DALAI
实验音乐人，常居北京。组建走马电台（Horse Radio）及December3am，并担任吉他手。Bayan Dalai, experimental musician, often lives in Beijing. Founder of bands Horse Radio and December3am, plays guitar.
Independent musician, multi instrumentalist, violinist of Jam String Quartet.
汪文伟 Wang Wen Wei
来自上海的音乐人。曾任水晶蝶乐队、超级市场乐队、李泉乐队吉他手、并发表多张专辑。Musician from Shanghai. He has played guitar in bands Crystal Butterfly, Supermarket, Li Quan and has released numerous albums.
Sound artist, electronic music producer, composer, vocal producer, independent radio anchor, DJ.
THAT IS JUST THE FIRST 24 HOURS.
LORD HAVE MERCY.
主舞台 MAIN STAGE
The son of tomorrow. Chengdu’s new rap star.
A shoegaze post-punk band from Chengdu. Long Travel could be a romance, or a journey with a wide range of meanings.
Birdstriking are a post-punk band from Beijing who emerged from the D-22 venue.
“Rid” is an ancient Mongolian word, which translates as “a mysterious and special force.” Taking inspiration from the grasslands of their native home, the band convey a vast, mysterious power, while combining reggae, improvised music and other modern music elements into their style.
The crazy and unclear pronunciation of dialects, the roaring and shouting of mixed styles, the melodies that go straight to the hearts, it’s all a great big mess!
FAZI’s music contains Krautrock’s minimalist rhythms and Post-Punk’s crude rituals. On the stage they are like perpetual motors making grotesque sounds, lonely and tolerant, simply and forcefully pointing to the heart.
The Hormones’ lyrics are powerful, their stage presence manic, their dance rock style produces a highly differentiated endocrine cell that synthesises and secretes chemical information directly into the blood.
Elephant Gym is a math rock band from Kaohsiung, Taiwan, founded in February 2012. The group consists of KT Chang, Tell Chang and Chia-Chin Tu. In the band name, the Elephant symbolizes their bass-driven melodies, and the Gym refers to their agile and irregular rhythms.
Kawa are a band from Yunnan inspired by Jamaican reggae, ancient Wa Zu music and global culture.
A Fragment of Modern Eastern Civilization
An unparalleled live act, chaos creators.
电子舞台 ELECTRONIC STAGE
DOTT More Rice (TH)
虽然DOTT是一名谦逊的DJ和制作人，但他仍然是曼谷地下音乐场景中不可或缺的一员。作为制作人，他发布了Body Parts，Oblack，Little Helpers，Whoyostro，Motek，Manjumasi以及有他个人印记的More Rice等等。他的制作风格，就像他的DJ sets 一样，对deep house 和minimal有着深深的爱。
Bangkok based House and Techno producer/DJ. He has released music on labels Body Parts, Oblack, Little Helpers, Whoyostro, Motek, Manjumasi, as well as his own imprint More Rice. His production style and DJ sets are drenched in a deep house and minimal flavour.
来自瑞士的DJ Ouch! 从九十年代末开始DJ生涯。之后开始正式制作deep house, D&B 和hip hop音乐。他与多位DJ及音乐人创办了瑞士著名的DnB团体 ‘Insane Drumsounds’ ，同时开始了和Urban Sound厂牌的合作，并在多家酒吧夜店驻场。
From Switzerland, DJ Ouch started his DJ career in the late nineties, later producing deep house, D&B and hip hop music. With several DJs and musicians, he founded the famous Swiss DnB group Insane Drumsounds, and began to collaborate with Urban Sound. He has also held residencies in several clubs.
他的身影从中国遍布到了欧洲及南美洲。从前年开始他开展了个人的硬件Live Set 演出项目，包括在2016年Boiler Room的精彩献演。.作为4/4节拍Techno高手，他低调却丰盛的音乐节拍让听众们过耳不忘。
HWA aka Elvis.T is known from China to Europe and South America. His solo hardware Live Set was launched several years ago, featuring an excellent performance at Boiler Room Beijing in 2016. As a 4/4 beat Techno master, his low-key rich rhythms always impress.
Electronic musician, turntablist, founder of Chengdu party night Funky Wednesday.
WAHAHA (FUNKY TOWN)
FunkyTown 当家花旦 / 成都魔力女DJ。无论是浩室或者工业数码音乐 她都技术娴熟 游刃有余。
Funky Town superstar, Chengdu Magic Girl DJ. Whether it’s house or industrial, Wahaha has got the goods.
Luca wishes to deliver progressive emotions through her music, to reconcile the world with herself and her audiences, whether it’s low-key deep house, or pure and detailed nu disco/indie dance.
Focus on collecting modern fantasy dance music from all over the world on the Internet, connecting with the past and future.
VOKO X (ECHO BAY)
VOKO X 以强劲的低音风格著称 舞台表演力非常好 有极强的现场控制能力极简Tech House Deep House是他标准的风格
Founder of Echo Bay, Chongqing.
CHILL舞台 CHILL STAGE
YANG BING (DUSK TILL DAWN)
Yang Bing个人DJ风格主要集中在Deepminimal tech micro house风格上，有着爵士乐般的随意有创意的mixing是他最为标准的特点，他在现场超强的把控力和对舞池的敏感的沟通能力是他DJ独一无二的魅力
Yang Bing’s DJ style is centred around deep minimal tech and micro house. His signature jazz-like mixing sets him apart, alongside his immaculate control and sensitivity to the dance floor.
DJ BLUE (DUSK TILL DAWN)
DJ BLUE, 一个具有极强律动感和灵魂音色的舞池掌控者，minimal tech house是她的标志
A dance floor wizard with a strong rhythm and soulful tone. Her signature style is a sophisticated blend of minimal tech house.
SUNYOUNG (DUSK TILL DAWN)
致力于传播锐舞文化推动地下舞曲发展来表达 peace & love 的理念～
Chongqing-based DJ and pilot, dedicated to spreading rave culture and promoting the development of underground dance music in order to to express peace and love.
她的音乐风格以house为基点，复古的Detroit sound, 高能的funky，沉浸的downtempo，内敛的minimal。
Her music style is based on house, retro Detroit sounds, energetic funky melodies, immersive downtempo grooves and introverted minimal music.
Wu, founder of LAB, one of the most reputable event promoters and DJs in Chengdu.
Whether it’s rock or radical free electronic music, D182 can create a personal atmosphere from a minimalist point of view.
Minimalist timbre, varying moods, listening to Owan is as abstract and interesting as an immersive dream.
Bugsy constantly explores the purest connection of people’s mentality and continuously outputs his own sound system.
From rock to electronic, from guitarist to DJ, M2F is deeply influenced by Techno, Minimal and House music.
From MkY’s DJ sets, we can feel the ever-changing colour of our emotional worlds, simple, soft and flexible.
Likes to use different tones overlaid together, mixing with vivid imagery.
想象力舞台 IMAGINATION STAGE
Ning’s sound world is immersive. He often uses simple notes alongside richer, wonderful and even random sounds.
A Psychedelic DJ and live music collision on an experimental basis, to widen auditory space-time.
While exploring music, DOS tries to separate beautiful electronic melodies and fuse them through mixing to further stimulate the sleeping Merkaba.
JIA (33 STUDIO)
Long time member of the Chengdu electronic music community, having contributed to many venues and labels as an organiser and DJ. Psytrance and techno are her thing.
7L的音乐不拘于某种类型，风格多变有趣，擅长以空间氛围包裹搭建一个真实存在的音乐乌托邦。Utopian music outlook, spacey atmosphere.
Psytrance Cultural Promoter. Graduated from Beijing MIDI Conservatory of Music, he has been engaged in music work for more than ten years. Committed to disseminating Psy culture in China, manufacturing and participating in many domestic and foreign music festivals and parties.
BRAINDROP (OCCULTA RECORDS)
Few musicians in Asia can earn high praise on four continents at the same time. Braindrop is a special case. Sumith Suresh from India is a unique and flexible producer, DJ, a power house in the Indian underground psychedelic music scene. Since his debut in 2005, from Brazil to Singapore, the United States to France, dark warehouses, lush peaks, fashion clubs and private parties, Braindrop has bombarded the world with his mind blowing music.
A multi-dimensional polyhedron, loves all forms of music, found pogoing all around the world at rock shows and dance parties, LET’S ROCK!
Right, so there you have it.
Kiwese can’t wait for Chun You – let the good times roll!
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