DongTaiDu: Back With A Fourth

26 February 2016

Independent music label DongTaiDu is bringing the best Chinese indie acts from Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore and Malaysia to Publika in Kuala Lumpur in January.

Just like any music scene anywhere, the stuff you hear on television and radio are always a collection of popular music that reaches the mass. This is the same for the Malaysian Chinese music scene. The scene itself is much larger, with those making music on the side either on a budget or just too leftfield to be picked up by radio stations. It is important that independent music labels like DongTaiDu (动态度) exist as an important niche for the industry, especially with their music festival that has been around since 2008. Come this 16 and 17 January 2016, DongTaiDu Festival will be holding its fourth installment.

The theme for this year’s DongTaiDu Festival is “Power Restructure”, and the festival will be happening at Black Box and White Box, mapKL@Publika. It will feature indie bands from Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore and of course, homegrown bands too. The Electro Stage on Saturday (16 January 2016) will see local acts taking centre stage from 7pm to 12am. Line-up includes KOKKAMANGO, Skinny Monkey, Goh Lee Kwang, Dae Kim, Ng Chor Guan, as well as Akhyla Records’ Shelhiel, Nero One + Yahna, and Vmprmyth + Reddi Rocket. Make sure you get your dancing shoes ready for this one.

Following that on Sunday (17 January 2016), Black Box will turn into the Rock Stage from 2pm to 11pm for live music fans with Prune Deer from Hong Kong, HUSH and Frost Tears from Taiwan. They will be joined by Malaysia’s line-up of acts namely Loch, Like Silver, Skits, Mutesite, Straw Lim, Yessssss (Yong Yandsen + Sudarshan + Kok Siew Wai), Tinnitux,foxlore and dayDream.

The Acoustic Stage will be held at White Box from 3pm to 8pm on Sunday as well. Musicians Hell Low from Singapore, and Malaysia’s own Tangerine Wong, SMAP (Serene Music Academy), Reeve Jia Ming, Hugo Yap, Lai Ze Ren, and “Yao Lan Shou” Music Composing Unit will be gracing the stage with intimate, stripped down performances.

As with any other festival, it isn’t just about the music. DongTaiDu Festival will also feature a creative market featuring crafts by DIY artists – from dolls to homemade food, there’s such variety to look out for. There’s also a Music Artwork Exhibition which will showcase the event’s poster and CD album covers created by different designers. Of course, a festival wouldn’t be complete without an Open Mic Session, so bring your own guitar or gear and address that microphone. Lastly, you can also gain some knowledge at the Independent Music Talks by four invited guests from Malaysia who will discuss the independent culture in the country.

Kudos to Live Fact space owner Shane and NAO band member Tat for the festival’s continuous effort in introducing new Chinese acts to a larger audience. This is one event you must not miss.



By Kevin Yeoh

DongTaiDu Music Festival 2016 - Power Restructure
Date: 16th & 17th January 2016 (Saturday & Sunday) 
Time: 7pm (16th January ) & 12pm (17th January) 
Venue: Black Box and White Box, mapKL@Publika
Cover: RM58 (Student), RM78 (Second-Day Show Only), RM98 (Two-Day Pass), RM258 (Two-Day Pass for 3 Pax)

More details on Facebook here.

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