May­day to join con­cert at site of Kaoh­si­ung gas blasts

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Pop-rock band May­day will be among the stars to join a New Year’s Day con­cert at the site of the July gas ex­plo­sions in Kaoh­si­ung to boost tourism and help the dis­as­ter area re­cover.

The con­cert is set to fea­ture the Golden Melody Award-win­ning band along with bands Cos­mos Peo­ple, Mixer and Magic Power and pop singers Jia Jia, Ann Bai, Yen- j, Luan­tan As­cent, Tiger Huang and Della.

Jointly or­ga­nized by the city gov­ern­ment and B’in Mu­sic Co., the free con­cert will be held Jan. 1 at the in­ter­sec­tion of Er­sheng and Kaisyuan 3rd roads.

It will be streamed live on B’in Mu­sic Co.’s YouTube chan­nel at https://www.youtube.com/bin­mu­sic­taipei and on the video-shar­ing web­site Tu­dou http://v.tu­dou.com/ bin­mu­sic2012.

In ad­di­tion to the con­cert, May­day will also hold a se­ries of con­certs on Dec. 31, Jan. 2 and Jan. 3 at the Na­tional Sta­dium in Kaoh­si­ung.

The Kaoh­si­ung City Tourism Bureau es­ti­mated that May­day’s var­i­ous con­certs will gen­er­ate sev­eral hun­dred mil­lion New Tai­wan dol­lars (US$3.15 mil­lion and up) in rev­enues for the city.

The gas ex­plo­sions in Kaoh­si­ung oc­curred just be­fore mid­night on July 31, leav­ing 32 dead and 321 in­jured.

May­day, which has been a good­will am­bas­sador for tourism in Kaoh­si­ung for years, do­nated NT$15 mil­lion (US$473,036) to the city’s dis­as­ter re­lief fund.

After restora­tion work, the four ma­jor roads hit — Yisin, Er­sheng, San­duo and Kaisyuan roads — and var­i­ous al­leys nearby were opened for traf­fic in late Novem­ber.

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