Last weekend Yunnan bands and DJs descended on scenic Puzhehei (普者黑) for the inaugural Warm Spring Music Festival. The town's Fountain Square (喷泉广场) provided a lovely venue, sitting beside one of Puzhehei's lakes and commanding views of the area's Karst mountains.
Thirteen bands and six DJs performed over the course of the two-day event. The eclectic mix of acts performed in Fountain Square in the early hours of both evenings. When the bands had finished each night, festivalgoers were shuttled to the Puzhehei Resort where DJs spun electronica into the wee hours of the night on a boat moored behind the hotel.
YanKaDi (阳卡迪西非洲打击) opened the festival on Friday with African-inspired drumming and then played an encore show to begin Saturday's festivities.
Muyangren (牧羊人) played a hypnotizing fusion of instrumental and electronic music. The group wove electric bass, drums and minority woodwind instruments together with digital effects and created an ambient blend of traditional and modern music.
Mayuan Poets (麻园诗人), also featured at last year's 500KM City Music Festival and Lijiang Snow Mountain Music Festival, were without their usual drummer but had extensive help from the smoke machine.
Lao Han and his reggae band Choupinang (臭皮囊) impressed everyone with their strong stage presence and infectious beats. It's always a good sign when the whole group is wearing sunglasses at a night show.
One of Friday's highlights was an energetic performance by Sea Loving Mammals (哺乳动物). The power trio rocked hard. Members of the crowd weren't often dancing during the weekend but the Mammals got everyone moving.
The music never stopped despite the constant drizzle Friday evening. Bands and crowd alike were exposed to the elements but there were never any of the technical miscues or sound mixing problems that have plagued some recent music festivals.
Security guards were out in force, making space for bands and media members. Occasionally even they got a chance to enjoy the show. People in the crowd were boisterous but no one was out of control. Near the end of the festival, security had largely disappeared and random people were climbing on stage and breakdancing during performances.
Dongjiayan (董家堰) played a broad-based mixture of rock, reggae and blues.
Saturday night all-foreigner blues rock band War Horse (战马) tore it up on guitar and accordion. By the second day the rain had stopped. War Horse and the other bands were greeted by dry yet unseasonably cold weather.
Despite the drizzle and relative cold the event attracted close to 2500 visitors and was considered a success by its organizer Buddha Feet (佛脚), event promoter Movida KM, performers and those in attendance. Plans are already being made for a second festival at a different location this summer.
Movida KM and Buddha Feet would like to thank all those who attended for making last weekend's festival a successful event.© Copyright 2005-2022 GoKunming.com all rights reserved. This material may not be republished, rewritten or redistributed without permission.