Gear Eraser Band
Forest and Volcano Band
A string of Chinese pop and rock singers and bands, including Cui Jian, Jin Zhiwen, Zhang Wei, Sun Bolun, Zhou Ziyan, Hao Yun, Gear Eraser Band and Forest and Volcano Band, will perform at Evergrande Star Festival in Longgang District at the end of this month.
The outdoor festival will have three stages of pop, rock and electronic music from afternoon to night. The touring festival attracted 20,000 audience members in each Chinese city at earlier legs of the tour.
Cui is a singer-songwriter, trumpeter and guitarist. He is considered to be a pioneer in Chinese rock music and one of the first Chinese artists to write rock songs. For this distinction, Cui is often labeled the "Father of Chinese Rock."
In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Cui created a hybrid and experimental music mix that cut across divisions between pop music genres. Cui's songs drew on folk and traditional music types. In 1988, he performed at a concert that was broadcast worldwide in conjunction with the Seoul Summer Olympic Games.
His earliest and best-known works were spiced with Western popular music styles, such as punk, dance and jazz.
He is one of the few modern rock musicians from China to have made such an impact on the global music scene and continues to be a point of focus for international news media coverage of Chinese cultural affairs. In 2000, Cui was awarded the Dutch royal family's prestigious Prince Claus Award for positive artistic and intellectual influences on culture and society.
In 2002, Cui and his manager Paul Fry co-organized the Lijiang Snow Mountain Music Festival in Yunnan Province. Cui followed this with a 10-city tour in Germany and performed with Udo Lindenberg (Godfather of German Rock & Roll). He performed with Deep Purple in China on a 13-city sold-out tour of the United States.
Zhang is a pop singer-songwriter. His inspirations are Green Day, The Ramones, and Nirvana, and his favorite bands and singers include Blink-182, Geri Halliwell, Missy Elliott and Eminem. He belonged to the band The Flowers until their breakup in 2009 and is now pursuing a solo career.
Time: 2-9:30 p.m., Nov. 29
Venue: Shenzhen Universiade Center, 3001 Longxiang Boulevard, Longgang District (龙岗区龙翔大道3001号深圳龙岗大运中心)
Metro: Longgang Line, Universiade Station (大运站), Exit C(SD News)