The music scene in Beijing is a fast-growing and fast-changing beast. From gigs to finding new bands to following industry news, these platforms have got it covered.
Live Beijing Music
Beijing's most comprehensive music coverage blog
puts out photo recaps of gigs, listings, videos, mixtapes and interviews. The man behind it, Will Griffith (pictured, main) is also moving into hosting more LBM-branded nights.
Follow WeChat account ‘LiveBeijingMusic’ for more.
Ticketing platform Showstart
is becoming an ever more useful resource, if you're savvy enough in Chinese. Sign up for an account, follow artists to receive alerts, find similar ones, keep up with announcements from labels and venues and snag presale tickets.
The World Underground
This fantastic film project
focuses on underground music scenes around the world. China
, the first in the series, may have been completed back in 2015, buts its creator John Yingling
continues to provide occasional Beijing and China coverage, including a recent tour diary for post-punk scene godfathers PK14.
All things metal, punk and hardcore across the continent – Unite Asia
isn't dedicated to the Beijing or Chinese scene per se,
but a fine spot to keep an eye out for features on, and album and tour announcements from local bands.
claims to be the OG behind the DIY digital music video wave in the Chinese hip-hop scene that broke out in 2010. In any case, it’s been doing a stellar job spreading and 'representing China’s urban youth culture' to the wider world ever since, racking up millions of views and thousands of subscribers across a range of bilingual platforms. You’ll struggle to find a better resource for getting into the Chinese scene.
Zhong.TV’s content – most of which is given English subtitling – ranges from artist video drops, live shows and interviews to tour announcements and short docs, updated daily on its website, Instagram, Facebook, Weibo, Youku and YouTube channels.