Cap­i­tal gets a slice of the beach

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - LIFE - By ZHANG ZEFENG zhangze­feng@chi­nadaily.com.cn

A gi­ant mo­saic-like back­drop glit­ters be­hind a cast of DJs. Guests sport light sum­mer out­fits and body paint as they dance to mu­sic. A few short steps away, peo­ple en­joy beach vol­ley­ball, play on swings and sip bev­er­ages.

But this is not a party scene from a palm-fringed trop­i­cal-is­land beach. It is a win­ter mu­sic fes­ti­val on the out­skirts of Bei­jing on Dec 3 and 4.

With three gi­ant trans­par­ent plastic domes, 500 tons of sand and an ar­ray of high-cal­iber DJs, the global mu­sic fes­ti­val, Corona Sun­Sets, which has al­ready been staged in Aus­tralia, Mex­ico, Italy and the United Kingdom, brought a sum­mer sea­side vibe to Bei­jing’s cold win­ter this year.

“Bei­jing is a long way from the beach. But the idea of Corona, you will find, is to let peo­ple en­joy na­ture and life on a beach at their doorstep,” says Wang Wei, vice-pres­i­dent, North, for An­heuser-Busch InBev China.

“There­fore, we shipped sand here to cre­ate this feel­ing of a beach for city dwellers.”

Among the fes­ti­val-go­ers was 26-year-old Liu Xiaomo, who at­tended with his friends.

“I felt like I was trans­ported from a freez­ing win­ter city to a sunny sum­mer beach. I was re­vis­it­ing the sum­mer.”

Com­pared with par­ty­ing at night clubs in San­l­i­tun, Bei­jing’s trendy ur­ban en­clave, the high­light of this fes­ti­val was the spa­cious venue as well as the in­vig­o­rat­ing mu­sic, Liu says. “There were some re­ally good DJs out there. They were good at con­nect­ing with the crowd and keep­ing us mov­ing.”

The lineup for the fes­ti­val in­cluded Aus­tralian DJ and mu­si­cian Tom Jack, who is known for his laid­back dance tracks, the renowned Ber­lin eclec­tic col­lec­tive Jaz­zanova and Chicago-based DJ Nick Rock­well.

“Jack has re­ally cool mu­sic — kind of trop­i­cal house mu­sic, per­fect for the party we are hav­ing to­day,” Rock­well said be­fore his de­but in China. “Jaz­zanova has an amaz­ing se­lec­tion. I did not even re­al­ize I have been play­ing his records for years. It’s a re­ally good lineup.”

Rock­well also pre­pared a great va­ri­ety of sounds for the fest. “There are a cou­ple of tracks from me, tracks from Duke Du­mont and Hot Since 82 — Warn­ings,” he says.

But he says that a lot of what he played de­pended on the spe­cific au­di­ence and what he thought they would re­spond to best. As the sun sets slowly in the west, more rev­el­ers meld into the danc­ing crowd.

For those who missed the Bei­jing chap­ter, you can still cap­ture the up­com­ing Corona Sun­Sets over Jan 7 and 8 in Guangzhou.

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The world­wide mu­sic fes­ti­val Coron­aSunSets draws a large num­ber of fans at its Bei­jing event.

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