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'Xi'an (西安), capital of Shaanxi
Xi'an (Chinese: 西安; pinyin: Xī'ān; Wade–Giles: Hsi-An, also spelled Hsi-an, Hsian, or Sian) is the capital of Shaanxi province, and a sub-provincial city in the People's Republic of China. One of the oldest cities in China, with more than 3,100 years of history, the city was known as Chang'an before the Ming Dynasty. Xi'an is one of the Four Great Ancient Capitals of China, having held the position under several of the most important dynasties in Chinese history, including Zhou, Qin, Han, Sui, and Tang. Xi'an is the eastern terminus of the Silk Road and home to the Terracotta Army.
Since the 1990s, as part of the economic revival of interior China especially for the central and northwest regions, the city of Xi'an has re-emerged as an important cultural, industrial and educational centre of the central-northwest region, with facilities for research and development, national security and China's space exploration program. It's now one of the most populous metropolitan areas in inland China with more than 8 million inhabitants, including urban parts of Xianyang (Weicheng and Qindu districts). According to a July 2012 report by the Economist Intelligence Unit, it was recently named as one of the 13 emerging megacities, or megalopolises, in China. The report pinpoints and highlights the demographic and income trends that are shaping these cities' development.
Xi'an is known for its rock music, and is one of the vigorous underground musical centres in China - the other three being Beijing, Kunming and Chengdu. It is home to contemporary Chinese Stars such as Xu Wei (许巍), Zhang Chu (张楚), Zheng Jun (郑均).
Music scene of Xi'an
In 1998, a Rock Music Fest (摇滚音乐会) was held celebrating the 50th anniversary of China.
In the years 2002-2004/5 the 8 1/2 Bar heavily influenced the development of local underground bands in Xi'an. Closely associated are the Timestring Records record label that released their compilation record Various Artist of Xi'an Rock'n'Roll Music (VA) in March 2004.
In 2003, rock band Five Hackbuteers formed. At the end of 2003 a large-scale one-day music festival was held at Wei Yang Lake Resort featuring Gao Qi, AK 47, Yaksa and CMCB amongst local Xi'an bands.
In 2005 Five Hackbuteers signed a contract with Timestring Records (a local Xi'an record label), and in April/May 2006 they recorded and released their first album which is called 《Who you will become》(Chinese Name:《你会变成谁》). In May 2005, The project Asshole renamed itself into Pet Face. The only member was and is Li Yan. In July 2005, No Parking formed.
In November 2005, 24 Hours are formed under the name 24 Hour Party People. November 17th, the Moonlet bar held the release party of the compilation record Various Artists of Xi'an Rock'n'Roll Music Vol. 2 (VA).
In late 2006, death metal band Chaotic Aeon is formed.
In 2007, South American band ORANGE performed in Xi'an during their China tour. On May 10th, 2007, Hatesphere performed at a university college in Xi'an.
In 2008, Lvzhou.net held their 7th anniversary concert.
2007年，MUSIC FANS 西安音乐第一击
In January 2010, Finland's ENSIFERUM performed at their China tour Xi'an stop. The same year, American metal act DYING FETUS held a concert in Xi'an during their China tour. Further in 2010, Lvzhou.net held their 9th anniversary concert.
2011年3月25日-"古城告急 xi'an burning vol.1"西安本土音乐第一趴
On June 11th, 2011, 48V helds a concert in Xi'an as part of their China Tour.
At the beginning of 2013, one of Xi'ans long-standing live music bars, called Music Man closed and got demolished along with other bars around the ancient city wall and the Nanmen. Also Sonic Bar got closed. As per Cool Ghoul: The MUSIC MAN had regularly shows (daily) where some of Xibei's rock dinosaurs would jam with some of the second generation vets on a nightly basis. ALI from THE ALI BAND, one of China's old rock hands, often dropped by for impromptu sets of old school Chinese rock. It hosted countless CD release parties for bands and had a very distinct vibe (lurking inside of a tiny, abandoned amusement park helped). It had to have been around at least a decade. It wasn't very large and did not figure prominently in hosting many big name shows, but it was a big part of Xi'ans rock history and now it's gone. Nobody I talked to seemed to know if there will be an attempt to get a new location up and rolling. It's been a few months since demolition, so it's not looking good.
Major compilations of the Xi'an scene
Various Artists of Xi'an Rock'n'Roll Music Vol. 2 (VA) - 2005, November
Various Artist of Xi'an Rock'n'Roll Music (VA) - 2004, March
Scene Related Websites
Articles & Interviews
- Josh Feola (2012), System Error Interview, published on 21 December 2012
- ↑ See photo collection of the concert by Azchael.
- ↑ As mentioned on http://site.douban.com/musicwall/?ref=similar_sites
- ↑ As per Cool Ghoul's post in the Rock in China Facebook group