Spring Scream kicks off!

The China Post - - ARTS - BY SEAN SCAN­LAN Spe­cial to The China Post

Tai­wan’s long­est run­ning mu­sic fes­ti­val gets un­der­way this week­end in Kent­ing, a four-day, six-stage af­fair, that con­tin­ues to of­fer up a be­guil­ing mix of u up-and-com­ing bands and those w which are al­ready well-es­tabli lished.

Now in its 21st year, the fe fes­ti­val has man­aged to out­last ot other fly-by-night raves and al­lyo you-can-drinkathons that emerge ea each year around the pe­riph­ery of Kent­ing’s main strip. The festivala has en­dured be­cause of its firm roots in Tai­wan’s indie rock scene,c pro­vid­ing the ex­po­sure and st stage time to many undis­cov­ered b bands.

The fes­ti­val also works hard to cul­ti­vate a sense of com­mu­nity am among the mu­sic and arts com­mu­nity. This is es­pe­cially a point of f em­pha­sis this year as cofo founder Jimi Moe has ded­i­cated re re­sources to cul­ti­vat­ing in­di­vid­ual vi vil­lages within the fes­ti­val this ye year.

“We have one vil­lage which will be a sort of chill-out area where peo­ple can do tai-chi and watch the eclipse and yet an­other vil­lagei which is billed as a Vik­ing vi vil­lage.” Moe added that one of th the key as­pects of Spring Scream (春天吶喊春) are the 40-plus stalls th that par­tic­i­pate each year, more th than half of which are ded­i­cated to food and bev­er­age.

“We are def­i­nitely sup­port­ing al all of the craft beers in Tai­wan th this year as we will have booths fr from 23, Red Point, and 886. Also, M Moose­head will also be at the fe fes­ti­val this year,” he con­tin­ued.

While there will be plenty of suds, mu­sic will cer­tainly take cen­ter stage as a full ros­ter of some 200-plus bands will per­form on 6 stages scat­tered through­out Er­lu­anbi Na­tional Park (鵝鑾鼻墾丁國家公園). While the stage ar­range­ment is ba­si­cally the same as pre­vi­ous years, ex­pect a few tweaks to im­prove upon or­ga­niz­ers’ fa­mil­iar­ity with the space.

Some of the most popular acts this year in­clude lo­cal home­grown tal­ent such as Chair­man, Clip­pers, Skaraoke and Funky Broth­ers. And then there are the ex­pat groups such as Moss and .22 and those com­ing from over­seas such as Boomarang and the Erko­nauts.

And then there are those who sim­ply view Spring Scream as a re­u­nion for friends from around the is­land. Truly, Spring Scream and the ad­ja­cent Kent­ing town is the per­fect set­ting for a few friends to come to­gether and en­joy the warm sun­shine and good vibes which char­ac­ter­ize this long hol­i­day week­end in Tai­wan.


Popular lo­cal bands will be per­form­ing at the an­nual Spring Scream, which draw crowds rush­ing to the South­ern tip of Tai­wan.

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