Fulong Beach, Gongliao set to rock this weekend

ROCK ON::The rescheduled festival will run from Friday through to Monday, a week later than planned, and feature the likes of Mayday, The Chairman and Sodagreen

Tseng Te-feng and Jason Pan  /  Staff reporter with staff writer, and agencies

Tue, Jul 16, 2013 - Page 4

Fulong Beach (福隆) has been given the all clear for Taiwan’s biggest summer rock festival to take place this weekend after Typhoon Soulik’s rampage brought performances to a standstill last weekend.

Music lovers are expected to throng to the rescheduled Ho-Hai-Yan Gongliao Rock Festival (貢寮國際海洋音樂祭), which will run from Friday through Monday.

The free outdoor music event is to feature Mayday (五月天), The Chairman (董事長樂團), Sodagreen (蘇打綠) and other headlining Taiwanese bands.

Soulik’s passage brought pounding waves and debris to the shoreline of New Taipei City’s (新北市) Gongliao Township (貢寮), which the Tourism and Travel Department said had now been removed to public safety standards.

“Thanks to the diligent efforts of hundreds of workers to collect the tonnes of washed up debris on the beach in recent days, we now have the concert venue site all cleaned up,” department director Chen Kuo-chun (陳國君) said yesterday.

Bands from Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong are also performing.

Organizers were able to hold the first day of the festival on Thursday last week, before the rest of the event was postponed. Five bands from abroad performed, along with Mayday in the evening’s finale.

Train is the most convenient way to reach Fulong Beach, with the festival venue a 10-minute walk from Fulong train station. For more information visit the Web site at: tour.tpc.gov.tw/2013hohaiyan/