I don’t usually write about aircraft carriers or chili peppers but here are four upcoming summer events…
June 25: The inaugural DazeFeast, with more than a dozen bands and plenty of roast lamb, will be held at 2 Kolegas starting at 3 PM. Entry is free. The lineup includes Maggie Who, making its last appearance, as well as what is arguably the nation’s second-best blues band, the book deal-less Black Cat Bone (just kidding, these guys are still my favorite, even if I no longer feel any guilt). Expect this one to be an all-nighter.
June 25: Loyalty dictates that I mention my country’s national day party at the Canadian International School. (Let’s hope the emcees do not continually plug all the “great” food available long after it has run out, as happened one year. Mini rant over.) This event tends to be a family friendly and this year includes a Canada Idol contest, the annual Beijinger magazine chili-eating contest and live bands. Starts at 3 PM; tickets rmb160 at the door.
(Note: Since Canada Day is July 1 and US Independence Day is July 4, I am aiming to get a small group together and do a modest pub crawl of Canadian and American owned joints on July 2. If you’re interested in joining, let me know.)
July 2: Last week, DJ Phil from Youth Club and 1F, and formerly Tun Bar, told me he will be playing a “New Moon Party” on Yuetuo Dao a.k.a. Moon Island with DJs Saul from Punk, Jealous from 1F, and visiting Moto from London. According to this site, attendees can go jet skiing, fishing and motorbiking. Tickets are rmb100, from spots such as 1F, Tun, Suzie Wong, Fubar, Zarah Bolou and Drum & Bell, and there are buses (rmb100) to the venue from Sanlitun and Guomao. More info here.
July 2: And last but not least, the third annual Aircraft Carrier Party is set for Tianjin, with Kokomo’s DJ El-Mar and more than a dozen DJs on three stages. Tickets are rmb250 before June 29 and rmb30 from June 30 on (price includes return bus trip) and available at Kokomo, Salud (Nanluoguxiang), Lavita and Nola. Buses leave from Chaoyang Park and Guomao. More details here.