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Spring Scream information

By Alita Rickards  /  STAFF REPORTER

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WHERE :

Oluanpi Lighthouse National Park

(鵝鑾鼻燈塔國家公園)

WHEN :

Today through Monday. Tonight bands will be setting up, and there will be performances from 6pm to midnight. Tomorrow and Sunday

the music goes from noon until 12:30am, and on Monday performances run from noon until 9pm, or later, depending on the whims of the musicians.

ON THE NET :

www.springscream.com

ADMISSION :

Tickets are available at the door or from 7-Eleven ibon kiosks. A three-day festival pass is NT$1,600 if bought today, or NT$1,700 at the door. Tonight there is a sound check and pre-party for bands and holders of three-day tickets. On the door, entry to tonight’s event is NT$600. One-day passes are NT$1,100 for tomorrow, Sunday and Monday. Only three-day pass-holders are entitled to use the campgrounds.

THE ‘REAL’ SPRING SCREAM :

There is only one Spring Scream, though this weekend there will be many raves and concerts in the Kending area. The original Spring Scream (春天吶喊) is the one held at Oluanpi Lighthouse National Park (鵝鑾鼻燈塔國家公園).

GETTING THERE :

For chartered buses to Spring Scream from Taipei, check www.kitravel.com.tw/servlet/springscream.bus for updates. Other bus companies run regular services to Kending via Kaohsiung. Contact them directly or through Taipei Bus Station (www.taipeibus.com.tw, or by calling (02) 7733-5888).

The fastest, if not the most economical, way to go is to take the Taiwan High Speed Rail (www.thsrc.com.tw, tel: (02) 6626-8000) to Kaohsiung’s Zuoying Station (高鐵左營車站) and then share a taxi or minivan to the Spring Scream site at Oluanpi Lighthouse National Park (鵝鑾鼻燈塔國家公園). If you are in a full minivan, the cost is about NT$450 per person. The Taiwan Railway Administration (www.railway.gov.tw/en/index/index.aspx, tel: (02) 2381-5226) also offers train services to Kaohsiung from Taipei. Buses also run from Kaohsiung to Kending from both Kaohsiung Train and Zuoying stations.

In Kending, buses leave for Oluanpi hourly with stops near the McDonald’s and 7-Eleven.

As this is a holiday weekend, expect heavy traffic. The short trip to Oluanpi from Hengchun (恆春) can take more than three hours. Spring Scream organizers recommend an alternative route. Start east of Hengchun and pass along Qiaotou Road (橋頭路) and Jiae Highway (佳鵝公路). See the “traffic” section of the festival’s Web site for a map. Traveling in the wee hours may help.

ACCOMMODATION:

Camping at the Spring Scream site is available for three-day pass holders and performers only. The fee is NT$2,000 per tent (not per person) for five days, starting today. The campsite has complete bathrooms and hot showers.

Other campsites are located alongside the road between

Kending and Oluanpi and charge around NT$100 to NT$200 per person per night.

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