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Whilst Hangzhou is known through­out the land for its nat­u­ral beauty and cul­tural im­por­tance, when it comes to mu­sic, the city is hardly a lead­ing light - de­spite the pres­ence of such an­nual events like the Xihu Mu­sic Fes­ti­val and the a num­ber of pop­u­lar, hight-pro­file art schools. Chengdu and Bei­jing seem to be the places to rock (with an honourable men­tion to Wuhan) and Shang­hai is the place that most elec­tronic artists choose to hang their hip­ster hats and jack ca­bles. That’s not to say that Hangzhou was noth­ing to of­fer how­ever, far from it on fact, as if you dig a lit­tle deeper and make an ef­fort to con­nect with the hand­ful of hard-work­ing mu­si­cians and oth­er­wise out there who are do­ing what they can to keep the kick drum thumping and the vo­cals soar­ing, you’ll find a wealth of in­ter­est­ing mu­sic dot­ted around. From the strobe-heavy, vape par­ties of Bad­tooth’s B.T.C Lab to the pro­lific out­put of song­wri­terin-res­i­dence Wil­liam Gray, and from colour­ful Yue Opera to full-blown sym­phony orches­tras, Hangzhou is an eclec­tic city that has lots of in­ter­est­ing things bub­bling away un­der­neath its clean and shiny post-G20 ex­te­rior, you just have to dig a lit­tle deeper is all.

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