Intro2009 – China’s First Electronic Music Festival


Intro 2009- Ideas Need To Reach Out
3 stages, 15 hours, 28 artists, 10,000 people, 46,000 m² open-air plaza

It’s so cool how there’s so many music festivals showing up in China now. The first one was the Midi Music Festival 10 years ago, and there’s been increasingly more options. Two years ago, China’s biggest indie label Modern Sky started the Modern Sky Festival, then this summer they launched the Strawberry Music Festival. There was also the Zebra Music Festival in Chengdu (Chloe Wang and MC Jin performed there) and there’s been many others. Now China’s first independent electronic label, Acupuncture Records has launched Intro2009, China’s first Electronic Music festival gathering top-off the line equipment and artists for the event.


From Acupuncture Records:

May 23rd, 2009 will be a watershed moment for China’s electronic music, when world-renowned electronic DJs, producers, and visual artists will join forces with local artists at China’s first ever electronic music festival – “Intro 2009”. The breathtaking line-up promises mind-blowing performances on two stages, and features over 20 top-notch DJs/VJs including Chris Liebing, M.A.N.D.Y. Philipp, Italoboyz, Shin Nishimura, Dimitri, and 4youreye. “Intro By Day” kicks off at 1pm sharp on both the Main Stage and Welcome Stage at D-Park’s 46,000 square meter Bauhaus-style plaza, where 10,000 brains and hearts will be activated while twice as many legs will be itching to dance. Alongside audio-visual shows – from sound laser performances to high-powered projections – electronic music will be the focus and will be playing out loud under open skies until 11pm. As the day wraps up, “Intro By Night” moves the celebration to a warehouse party at “Intro Night Room”, with surprise DJs from the day session to keep the electronic marathon running. In the post-Olympic games Beijing, “Intro 2009” is seen as a place to express yourself freely, connect with like-minded people, dance, celebrate and have fun.

From the popularity of nightlife hotspots to the establishment of home-grown party organizers and record labels, China has seen a thriving electronic music culture in the past decade and is gradually developing a strong local scene, especially in first-tier cities such as Beijing and Shanghai. “Intro 2009” will be a showcase of this growth, with a mixed line-up reflecting “who is who” in the industry. The top international DJs and local heroes on both stages will no doubt set dancefloor trends nationwide for the coming year.

I haven’t posted on Chinese electronic music on this site, but that’s not for lack of trying. There’s been some interesting news in regards to Chinese electronic artists that I’ve seen show up on Sina, but I think I must have started at least two or three posts before stopping because I don’t want to waste my time translating when no one seems to care about the odd, non-mainstream artists. But people seemed to like the post on the Strawberry Music Festival so I thought I would post on this one as well, in similar picspam fashion  if only because electronic music shows make for such, pretty, pretty lights.











Group shot of a few DJs


7 thoughts on “Intro2009 – China’s First Electronic Music Festival

  1. @Billy – Yeah, I like this better too to be honest, but stats are stats, and my viewcounts for all of my non-pop posts are really, really low. So sometimes I have to think, “Is it worth it?”. I still post on the non-mainstream every once in while only because I like it so give me a heads up when it’s something you’re interested in.

    Sorry, HIT-5 will pretty much always get posted because they bring in stats. A HUGE chunk of my visitors are from HIT-5 searches, and furthermore, they’re probably retainable visitors. HIT-5 may not be the best thing since sliced bread, but they are good at getting people to notice cpop.

    But the good news is that Acupuncture records is going to get more active this year and there will probably be quite a few releases, and I’ll keep my eye out for them.

    @Nepheliad – I think this should be yearly. I really wish I could go too. I am so mad I missed out on the Zebra Festival in Chengdu by a month!

  2. Well, you’ve got some people now, then, who love alt/indie/electronica. I’m a big fan of the electronic music and its subgenres, particularly trance, house, chillout, and prog-electro, but haven’t managed to look into the Chinese scene because I’ve been rather swamped over by the pop industry.

    The festival looks awesome; will they hold it annually? If they do, I’m so going next time I’m in China – looks like a heck of a rave.

  3. i am glad you are informing us about the non-mainstream things, cauz there are fewer source from which we can learn about those (as oppose to k-pop boyband and such)

  4. I also love how there are so many more music festivals now. I remember when I visited China in the summer there were ads for them everywhere. It makes me happy xD.

    The lights look extremely cool.

  5. “I think I must have started at least two or three posts before stopping because I don’t want to waste my time translating when no one seems to care about the odd, non-mainstream artists.”

    Wow, are you kidding?haha.. Odd alternative music is the stuff that interest me. Its the next wannabe K-pop boy bands that I have no interest for whatsoever. Chinese electronic music though…. that sounds great!

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