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Indie rock festival to be broadcast on Internet and MTV

‘NO FEAR’:This year’s surf-side event will be headlined by Mayday. The festival slogan and shark emblem are intended to express the rock spirit, organizers said

Staff writer, with CNA

A band performs on the first day of the annual Ho-Hai-Yan Gongliao Rock Festival on Fulong Beach in New Taipei City yesterday.

Photo: Tseng Hung-ju, Taipei Times

One of the nation’s biggest indie music festivals will be broadcast online and on TV during its five-day run this week so that those who cannot get there in person will still be able to enjoy it, the organizer said.

The annual Ho-Hai-Yan Gongliao Rock Festival, which opened yesterday on Fulong Beach in New Taipei City (新北市), will feature about 40 professional singers and bands from Taiwan, Malaysia, Japan, Germany and other countries, and about 50 amateur singers and groups.

The five-day festival will be aired on the event’s official Web site.

A music award competition on Saturday and performances by renowned bands on Sunday will also be aired live on the MTV channel, the first time the festival will be broadcast live on TV.

“We hope over the five days that people, if they can’t make it to the festival, can see their favorite acts on the Internet or TV,” New Taipei City’s Tourism and Travel Department said.

Unique to this year’s event is a women’s rock night today. Female singers and songwriters Faith Yang (楊乃文), Sandee Chan (陳珊妮) and Waa Wei (魏如萱) will take to the stage, as well as local rock bands My Skin Against Your Skin, Go Chic and Queen Suitcase, which won the Ho-Hai-Yan Indie Music Award in 2010.

The free festival will also feature Taiwanese rock band Mayday, the biggest winner at this year’s Golden Melody Awards, which will play on Sunday. Other bands to perform that day include Australian-Japanese punk rock band The Dirt Radicals, German punk rock band Frontkick, South Korean band Yaya, Chinese folk music group Hanggai and Japanese rock band D’erlanger.

The emblem of this year’s festival is a shark with the slogan “no fear” to express the rock spirit.

The festival, organized by the New Taipei City Government, has been held on the beach every July since 2000.

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