Jazz, World and Rock convene on Nanjing this week

Travel | by Sascha Matuszak
Posted: October 21st, 2010 | Updated: July 25th, 2012 | Comments
Festival season is winding down, but we have a couple yet to go before the cold winds of winter blow across China and send us all indoors clutching mugs of hot chocolate. Following on the heels of last weeks successful JZ Music Festival in Shanghai's Century Park, nearby Nanjing is putting together an International Music Festival with 18 young bands from around China. The "youth" festival will be held this coming Saturday and Sunday and coincides with the massive week-long Nanjing Jazz and World Music Festival that will see bands from all over Europe and the rest of the world performing in dozens of different venues all over the city of Nanjing (a few shows will be held in Suzhou). The bands are promising and the venue itself provides the space and comfort needed for tents, campers, food stalls and the like to set up shop. Without these vital elements—good organization (no traumatic sound, toilet or other issues predicted), good bands (no clowns allowed) and good ambiance (food, drink, grass)—a festival is nothing but an impromptu jam session.

HelloNanjing.net has some solid English-language information concerning the music festival, including the address, ticket prices and a brief rundown of the foreign bands with links. For complete information on the Chinese bands, you'll need to check out the Douban page for the festival. It's all in Chinese, but all of the music is accessible and if you don't have any Chinese friends that can help you translate, then go out and get some.

The Jazz and World Music Festival is in its eighth year and is now one of the largest jazz festivals in China in terms of bands, attendance and venues. Some great bands are showing up in the Cangelosi Cards (US), the JinLing Dragon World Music Band (China) and DASH! (Netherlands) and more. I'll be hopping on the high-speed train from Shanghai to Nanjing (1 hour and 10 minutes) to spend the weekend rocking with the young cats in the park and then retiring to the chilled out venues for jazz and dance rhythms... if you're in or around Nanjing, check it out. Nanjing International Music Festival Date: Sat. Oct. 23-Sun. Oct. 24, 2pm-10pm both days Location: Nanjing Yangtze River Road 88, Nanjing Green Expo Garden, Riverside Park Tickets: 70 RMB for one day, 110 RMB for both days Nanjing Jazz and World Music Festival Date: Fri. Oct. 22-Sat. Oct. 30 Location: Various venues throughout Nanjing and Suzhou Tickets: from 100 RMB to 400 RMB (depending on band and venue) For complete location and ticketing information, please visit the Jazz and World Festival's homepage.
The Jazz and World Music Festival is in its eighth year and is now one of the largest jazz festivals in China in terms of bands, attendance and venues. Some great bands are showing up in the Cangelosi Cards (US), the JinLing Dragon World Music Band (China) and DASH! (Netherlands) plus several more bands that we'll keep secret from you, because the key to get you to hop on the high-speed train to Nanjing (1 hour and 10 minutes) and spend the weekend rocking with the young cats in the park and then retiring to the chilled out venues for jazz and dance rhthyms.
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