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Preview and Giveaway: Puzhehei Warm Spring Music Festival II

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Rain during the inaugural Puzhehei Warm Spring Music Festival
Rain during the inaugural Puzhehei Warm Spring Music Festival

Chinese National Day will be celebrated in a somewhat non-traditional way this year in southern Yunnan. The second incarnation of the Puzhehei Warm Spring Music Festival will begin October 1 amidst the Karst mountains of Puzhehei (普者黑).

Coming six months after the inaugural Puzhehei Warm Spring Music Festival, this edition features some of the top bands from Kunming while also bringing in heavy-hitters from Bangkok, Chengdu and Zhengzhou.

Special guests include a mix of performers showcasing varied musical styles. Two solo jazz singers will grace the stage — Yunnan's own Huang Xibei (黄夕倍) and Da Chunzi (大春子) from Henan. They will be joined at the festival by Thai actor and pop star PCHY (aka Pitch).

Longtime Chengdu rockers Ashura (阿修罗) are scheduled to appear following up their July show at Qimijiu Bar. Eighteen Yunnan-based bands are also slated to perform at the festival, which runs from October 1 through October 3.

Ashura at the 2010 Zebra Music Festival
Ashura at the 2010 Zebra Music Festival

In addition to the festival, local musicians and dancers will put on several traditional performances. There will also be an outdoor bazaar featuring handcrafts, food stalls and a bar. Boat rentals will be available for lake cruises and the final day of the event will feature Dragon Boat races and a bonfire.

Bands scheduled to perform

Ashui and the Crying Suns (阿水与哭泣的太阳)
Choupinang (臭皮囊)
The Gate ()
Huadan (花旦乐队)
Hell Yeah
Kaixuan (凯旋乐队)
Dream Prison (梦狱)
Mr Egg
Muyangren (牧羊人组合)
Qingfeng (青峰乐队)
Quebec Redneck Bluegrass Project
Shenma (神马)
Sigangli (司岗里)
The Great Apes (类人猿)
The Lost Dream (红楼梦遗)
Totem (图腾乐队)
War Whores (战马乐队)
Yellow Bar Code (黄色条码)

With special guests

Ashura
Da Chunzi
Huang Xibei
PCHY

A Mei from Sigangli at the 2012 Tiger Beer Battle of the Bands
A Mei from Sigangli at the 2012 Tiger Beer Battle of the Bands

Tickets and Accommodation

A1 tickets (all-inclusive)

Admission to the Puzhehei Scenic Area and three day festival, four nights accommodation and 12 meals, complimentary boat trip, transportation departing Kunming the morning of September 30 and returning the morning of October 4. 850 yuan.

A2 tickets (inclusive)

Admission to the Puzhehei Scenic Area and three day festival, complimentary boat trip, three nights accommodation and nine meals, transportation departing Kunming the morning of October 1 and returning the morning of October 4. 750 yuan.

A3 tickets (semi-inclusive)

Admission to the Puzhehei Scenic Area and three day festival, complimentary boat trip, two nights accommodation and six meals. Transportation departing Kunming the morning of October 1 and returning the morning of October 3. 600 yuan.

Class B tickets

Admission to the Puzhehei Scenic Area and three day festival, complimentary boat trip, no arranged accommodations or meals. 180 yuan.

Class C tickets

Admission to the Puzhehei Scenic Area and three day festival, half-price boat trip, no arranged accommodations or meals. 100 yuan.

All five ticket types are available for purchase at the Kunming Cultural Transmission Office (昆明灵睿博策文化传播机构) located at the Baiyun Lu Riverside, Unit 1, Block 2, Room 1907 (昆明市白云路滨江俊园121907). Call Xiao Yu at 15974843310 for tickets, hotel reservations and any other questions (she speaks only Chinese). Festival tickets will also be available in Puzhehei.

Hotel and hostel bookings for those purchasing Class B and C tickets are not provided by event organizers. Although rooms in the Puzhehei area are plentiful, GoKunming highly recommends booking in advance as it will be Golden Week.

Camping near the festival venue is also an option. Bring your own tent and sleeping bag as rentals cannot be guaranteed.

Event buses will depart from in front of the Wal-Mart near the Kunming International Convention and Exhibition Center (中国昆明国际会展中心). All buses to Puzhehei will depart no later than 10am.

Puzhehei from above
Puzhehei from above

Giveaway

GoKunming and the Kunming Cultural Transmission Office are pleased to announce we will be giving away 20 pairs of tickets to the Puzhehei Warm Spring Music Festival II. Free tickets are available at The Mask after 10pm today on a first-come, first-served basis. Recipients of free tickets will board a specially chartered bus leaving at 10am October 1.

These tickets include admission to the Puzhehei Scenic Area and three day festival as well as transportation there and back. Limit two tickets per person. Due to stipulations laid out by Puzhehei licensing authorities, only foreigners are eligible for the giveaway. Our apologies.

Images: Yereth Jansen

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Doesnt this festival have nothing to do with the last puzhehei festival? I heard its completely different organizers. Seems like whoever organized this used the work of the last organizers work towards their benefit.

Just a reminder to people going to music festival :

Don't forget your ID. Last time the police demanded passports from all
foreigners to keep until we left Puzhehei.

There was only the Chinese beer available, so bring your own Beer Lao, Scotch, Vodka, etc....

Layer up, the night time gets really cold...

OK, ready to party? Hell Yeah!

I've been trying to get ahold of Xiao yu at 1597484331 but I think the number posted here is incomplete or wrong, because im told the number doesn't exist everytime i dial. I need to book a room though so if anyone can tell me the number of the hotel or xiao yu's number it would be much appreciated.

Sorry about that! The number was just corrected above: Xiao Yu 159 7484 3310

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