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Music festival offers a stellar lineup

THE first Black Rabbit Music Festival will take place today in Beijing and move to Shanghai tomorrow. The performers include Chinese and international bands - from arena rockers Thirty Seconds to Mars and American rapper Ludacris.

The full lineup over the two days includes Yellowcard, Uprooted Sunshine, Rainbow Danger Club, Otakrew, Optimo, Mount Kimbie, Marianne Dissard, Grandmaster Flash, Hanggai Band, CNdY, CiaCia and P.K.14.

Also sure to get the crowd hopping are 120 Days, Carsick Cars, For a Minor Reflection, Gold Panda, Iron Mic, Lil' Ray, Nanwu, Peng Tan, Wang Wen, Omnipotent Youth Society, Perfume Genius, Weerd Science and Hebe Tien.

Abby Lavin, marketing and media manager of festival organizer Split Works, says Tien, Optimo, Mount Kimbie, CNdY and Nanwu will perform only in Shanghai.

Taiwanese pop songstress Tien released her debut solo album "To Hebe" last year, but she is perhaps better known as a member of the three-piece girl group S.H.E.

Audiences in Shanghai will have the chance to hear her latest numbers "It's OK To Be Lonely" and "Love."

Beijing-based Hanggai blends Mongolian folk music with punk rock and other.

They have performed twice at Shanghai's Jue Festival, arguably China's largest and best-known open-source alternative cultural festival.

"We have participated in many music festivals and look forward to Black Rabbit. It's a good opportunity to communicate, learn and enjoy life, not just music," says vocalist and band leader Yi Liqi, known as Ilchi.

The inaugural Black Rabbit Festival is the culmination of several years of planning, plotting and scheming between two of China's premiere entertainment groups, Taihe Live and Split Works.

Split Works is an independent music promotion agency based in both Beijing and Shanghai, specializing in artists touring Asia. Founded in 2006, it has worked with a roster of talented artists including Sonic Youth, Ghostface Killah and Andrew Bird.

Split Works also organizes the annual Jue Festival and produces branded music campaigns.

The other organizer, Taihe Live, is already one of the most professional, international and trans-regional live events operators, with attention always on presenting the best live experience.

Date: Tomorrow, 11:30am

Venue: Shanghai Rugby Club, 2700 Zhangyang Rd N. (near Wuzhou Ave), Pudong

Tickets: 260 yuan (pre-sale), 350 yuan (at door)

Tel: 400-610-3721 (Chinese); 5150-9199 (English)


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