Wonderboom head to China this weekend to perform at The Silk Road Indie Music Festival taking place in Chengdu from 1 to 3 December. This is the band’s first tour to China in their 21-year career span and follows fresh off the release of their latest studio album, Rising Sun.
The Silk Road Indie Music Festival is a festival hosting bands from 14 different countries on a competitive platform. Crowd votes determine the winning band/country, which will be announced on the 3rd of December. Wonderboom will be performing on the main Saturday night line-up with key International press and media covering the event.
How did this all come about for Wonderboom? The Maritime Silk Road Music Festival and The Maritime Silk Road Music Industry Platform are developing music trade ties between China and international countries in music production, artist talent development, music education, technology innovation, concert performances and music content sales. Well-known International music consultant and label owner, Adrian Skirrow, is the South African representative and is very excited at the prospect of showcasing one of South Africa’s premier music outfits.
“Wonderboom’s blend of high energy live performances, musicianship and blend of African flavoured pop hits is certain to set the bar high during the Silk Road festival and attract new audiences. The festival, now in its second year and almost double the size of 2016’s successful event, is being attended by more entertainment executives and media from around the world this year. Wonderboom’s performance will be broadcast on regional TV stations and packaged for national TV broadcast at a later date, offering the band an enviable platform to reach many millions of viewers and new music fans, via China’s massive mobile media network, with their unique sound and image. The Silk Road Festival in Chengdu will see Wonderboom compete against some acclaimed performers from 13 other nations,” comments Skirrow.
The Festival and Platform are under the official authority of China’s “Belt and Road” initiative and has officially begun operations. It was established at a conference and pre-launch festival in Ningbo, China in November 2016, and more recently an international music industry forum during April 2017. The Festival and Platform are now rapidly expanding throughout China.
In November 2016, artists from eight countries were invited to perform at the Ningbo Maritime Silk Road International Music Festival. The music festival successfully introduced and marketed international artists to Chinese audiences and promoted Chinese pop artists to world markets.
For 2017, 13 international performing artists, along with Chinese pop artists will compete for most popular international act honour, across three days of music and celebrations. Wonderboom are the second SA artist to perform at the Silk Road Festival in China, following the inaugural event in 2016.
Cito is so excited for the weekend! “It is a dream come true for us to rock out in China! It’ll be interesting to see how we go down with fellow music-lovers in Chengdu. Home of Panda Bear conservation and ancient culture and history, I know that this city will blow our minds! And to find ourselves representing South Africa again, after our memorable Global Battle of the Bands 13 years ago, is seriously a surreal thought. Please keep us, our journey and our performance on Saturday 2nd of December, in your hearts!!!”
Make sure that you catch Wonderboom at one of these Rising Sun Tour shows when they return from China:
- 9 December – Jock Pub & Grill, Nelspruit
- 22 December – Cheers Pub, Kimberley
- 23 December – The C Club, Chintsa (with Prime Circle)
- 24 December – Knysna Yacht Club, Knysna (unplugged)
- 25 December – Music Kitchen, Port Elizabeth (unplugged)
- 26 December – Vinyl On Main, Knysna
- 27 December – Gecko Bar, Hermanus
- 28 December – Brass Bell, Cape Town
- 29 December – Quay Four, Cape Town
- 30 December – Bertie’s Mooring, Gordon’s Bay
- 31 December – Rumours Rock City, Johannesburg