Fri, Jul 30, 2004 - Page 17 News List

'Rock's not dead, roll's not down'

Taipei's Yuanshan Park is the place to be this weekend when Formoz Festival hosts a big bands extravaganza

By Gavin Phipps  /  STAFF REPORTER

`always too hot'

"Afternoon performances never attracted many people and it was a waste. Good and interesting bands just didn't draw crowds," Lin said. "I think it was difficult to get people to come because it was always too hot and people didn't want to stand in the sun. "

Leading the international line-up at this year's Formoz Festival are popular 1980s' folk-rocker Michelle Shocked (who will be performing on the Mountain stage this evening); post-rock/drone pop act American Analog Set, which will be taking to the Wind stage this evening; and Swedish indie/electonic duo Club 8, which will be performing on the Mountain stage tomorrow evening.

Other international acts worth catching at this year's Formoz Festival include Japanese progressive metal act Rain, Hong Kong ambient/indie pop combo Primary Shapes and the peroxide mohawks of Japanese hardcore punk act, Sobut.

funkier than ever

Formoz might be attracting more international artists as it gains recognition outside of Taiwan and develops, but local acts still remain in the majority and -- although many of the bands can be caught in the act somewhere in Taiwan on any given weekend -- there are still plenty worth checking out this weekend.

While too numerous to list in their entirety, some local highlights at Formoz 2004 include a revamped and funkier-than-ever Sticky Rice (糯米團), the masters of Mando downbeat Tizzybac, rabble-rousing workers' rights combo Black Hand Nakashi (黑手那卡西), indie popsters Bad Daughter (壞女兒) and those sharply dressed and fun-loving foreigners The Daymakers, who, according to band member Jerrett Long, will be performing a duet with Elvis.

As well as putting on a feast of music, this year's Formoz Festival will also feature a mini-film festival, at which a selection of low budget documentaries and short films will be screened. There will also be a wrestling ring, where fans of Japanese pro-wrestling can don their masks and try to emulate Kazuhiro Hayashi in an attempt to win big prizes.

For your information :

What: The Formoz Festival (野台開唱)

Where: The festival will take place at the Taipei Municipal Children's Recreational Center (台北市兒童育樂中心), which is located in Yuanshan Park (圓山公園) at 66 Zhongshan N Rd, Sec 3, Taipei (台北市中山北路366).

When: Tonight, Friday, July 30 through Sunday, Aug. 1

Tickets: Three day passes for the event cost NT$1,000 and single day tickets cost NT$800. Both are available at the gate.

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