The British are coming to Beijing this July with Olympic themed bashes to celebrate the start of the games. If the sweltering city is too much to handle, get down and dance at one of the destination parties happening this month. Get your hippie on in the Hebei grasslands or party at a Great Wall site.
1) Yugong Yishan British Rush View In Map
In honour of the London Olympics, Yugong Yishan presents a day and night of British fun. The celebrations begin in the afternoon with a British Vintage Market and an exhibition of London street scenes. Rock out at night with UK band Exile Parade and three local bands: Residence A, CNdY and Elenore. Drink English beer and watch football or dance to Brit-rock and pop. London’s calling!
When: July 5, 14:00-0:30 (concert starts at 21:30)
Where: Yugong Yishan
Tel: 86 10 6404 2711
Price: 120 RMB (advance), 150 RMB (door)
Getting there: Take subway Line 5 to Zhangzhizhong or take bus 13, 42, 90, 113, 115, 118, 62, 701, 758 to Zhangzi Zhonglu.
2) Split Works presents Mark Kozelek
Head over to MAO Livehouse to check out Mark Kozelek, one of the most respected lyrical geniuses of this era. Kozelek currently plays with Sun Kil Moon and was the lead singer of San Francisco based Red House in the 90s. This is his first China tour, and is definitely worth checking out.
When: July 17, 21:00-23:30
Where: MAO Livehouse
Price: 120 RMB, 80 RMB (students)
Tel: 6402 5080
Getting there: Take subway Line 2 to Andingmen or Line 5 to Beixinqiao or take bus 107, 124, 240 to Xiaojingchang
3) Olympic Games Opening Ceremony PartyView In Map
Let’s see if London can top the 2008 epic Bird’s Nest show. Beijing has passed the Olympic torch to London and the opening ceremony is upon us. Celebrate at 2 Kolegas and watch the ceremony on a giant projector screen. The night will also feature the Beijing Beatles, prizes for best-dressed (break out the face paint and come in your country’s colours!) and some Olympic themed fun and games.
When: July 18, 20:30-0:00
Where: 2 Kolegas, 21 Liangmaqiao Road, Chaoyang, Beijing
Inside the drive-in theatre park
Price: 150 RMB
Tel: 135 5227 6845, 136 9118 0119
Getting there: Take bus 402, 413, 418, 420, 503, 621, 659, 677, 909, Express 107 to Chaoyang Park North Gate
4) Yen 8th Anniversary Party at the Great Wall
Party at China’s most famous ancient relic on July 21 with the folks who’ve brought you eight years of Beijing bashes. Dance until dawn at the Huangyayuan Great Wall to the tunes of DJs Eddie, Lv, Blackie and Mickey Zhang. Lush and Aperitivo will man the bar and pour drinks until the sun rises. Tickets include a round trip shuttle to the wall from Wudaokou and Chaoyang and a limited-edition T-shirt by KON. Tickets are on sale at Lush and Aperitivo, early-bird tickets are cheaper so buy now!
When: July 21, 21:00-05:00 (shuttles leave at 17:00)View In Map
Where: Huangyaguan Great Wall
Price: 280 RMB (early), 350 RMB, 550 RMB (VIP)
Tel: 158 0167 1864
Buses will be leaving from Chaoyang Park South Gate and Hua Qing Jia Yuan East Gate (WuDaoKou) at 19:00 sharp.
Chaoyang Park South GateView In Map
Add: Chaoyang Park South Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing
Getting there: Take bus 214, 305, 406, 431, 499, 502, 672, 673, 675, 686, 729, 731, 731, 750 to Chaoyang West Bridge
Huaqing Jiayuan East Gate (Wudaokou)View In Map
Add: Zhongguancun East Road, Haidian District, Beijing
Getting there: Take subway Line 13 to Wudaokou or take bus 86, 319, 333, 466, 913 to Dongsheng Park or 307, 331, 375, 562, 630, 656, 690, 731,848 to Wudaokou
5) Temple One Year AnniversaryView In Map
Temple is celebrating its one year anniversary with special happy hour drink deals all weekend and a concert on July 21. Drink and dance to rockabilly, psychobilly tunes of Rolling Bowling and rock out to the Amazing Insurance Salesmen and the reggae and dubstep beats of DJ Green Monkey.
When: July 21, 21:30-0:00
Where: 202, Building B, 206 Gulou Dong Dajie, Dongcheng District, Beijing
Tel: 131 6107 0713
Getting there: Take bus 107, 124, 204, 635 to Baochao Hutong or subway Line 2 to Gulou Dajie.
6) Zhangbei InMusic Festival
The fourth time’s the charm. After a few years of shaky disorganization, we saw the Zhangbei InMusic Festival finally hit its stride last year at festival number three. The festival itself is located in the Hebei grasslands, a bit of a haul from Beijing (almost in Mongolia) but a pretty awesome camping trip. International acts Spiritualized and Orbital, Jonathan Joyce, Linkoban and Joanna Wang will play along with domestic favourites including Tang Dynasty, Brain Failure, Miserable Faith and A-BOYS.
When: July 27, 13:00-23:00
Add: Hebei Grasslands, 250 km from Beijing
Tel: 400 810 1887, 8408 5551
Website: www.inmusicfestival.cn, map available here.
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