Western Acts Rock Beijing Music Fest – AFP

From AFP:

Thousands of Chinese music fans flocked to a park in Beijing this weekend to see some of the West’s most subversive bands, who infused the annual Pop Festival with serious rock-and-roll attitude.

Crowds were expected to swell on Sunday for shows by anti-establishment industrial rockers Nine Inch Nails and China’s political bad boy of rock and roll Cui Jian — previously banned from large outdoor concerts in Beijing.

On opening day Saturday, punk legends Marky Ramone and the New York Dolls wowed the crowds in Chaoyang Park, while rap legends Public Enemy called on about 20,000 youths to “fight the powers that be.” [Full Text]


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