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Beach, beer, bikinis at music festival

A three-day music festival kicks off Friday at Shanghai's Jinshan beach, featuring pop and rock bands from China and overseas. There will be plenty of beer, bikinis and Chinese Valentine's Day fun. Tan Weiyun reports.

Golden sand, clear water, refreshing sea breezes and plenty of music await visitors from Friday through Sunday at the Zebra Beach Music Festival at City Beach in Shanghai's Jinshan District.

The three-day gala features a star-studded lineup that includes Chang Chen-yue, MC Hot Dog, Joanna Wang, Yida Huang, Van Fan, Josie Ho and Ashura.

Home-grown Shanghai bands such as Top Floor Circus and Pink Berry will rock with overseas bands including Mix Market (Japan), Montée (Norway) and Rataxes (Sweden), while DJs keep the party going late into the night.

"I'd love to discover some new Chinese music during my first trip to China and I'm excited to help in any way to bring the music of China to the rest of the world," says British record producer Steve Lilywhite, who produced albums for U2, the Rolling Stones and Morrissey.

The first Zebra Music Festival will feature a Bikini Beach Babe competition when 15 girls compete for the title of Bikini Baby.

A beer carnival will also be in full swing throughout the festival and a beer tent will be set up on the beach where people can enjoy KTV and win prizes. The Jinshan beach is also known for its seafood promenade and seafood restaurants so festival goers will have plenty to eat with their beer.

Chinese Valentine's Day, or qixi, falls on Saturday this year according to the Chinese lunar calendar. Romantic activities will be held. A fantasy-land wedding stage will be set up, with the sea as the backdrop, and brides and bridegrooms will exchange vows.

Visitors can send their love messages and romantic photos to the event's official website ( and weibo (China's equivalent of Twitter) account on They will be made into music videos and video clips that will be shown on a big beach screen.

On Saturday night, the qixi night, couples are encouraged to shout "I love you" and those who shout the loudest will win prizes.

The music festival theme is "Save Every Drop of Water" and everyone is encouraged to save water and conserve water resources.

Pop stars and rock bands will make videos and autograph CDs, posters and LED watches that will be auctioned. Proceeds will be donated to C-Nature, an environmental protection organization that plants trees in China's deserts.

Tickets: 150 yuan (US$23) per day if purchased on site.

Advance tickets 120 yuan per day through Shanghai East Ticket (, the official ticketing agency, and at all Alldays and KEDI convenience stores.

Tel: 962-388


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