Thursday, October 12, 2006
GigLive Shanghai (http://www.gigshanghai.com/giglive) is an assortment of local underground talent, and it happens every Wednesday night at the Bon-bon. Of course, reading this line the first time on a website leads you with little clue as to what the actual event will be like, so one has to venture out on their own and find out. The event is currently being held at a “club”, Bon-bon, however, it’s probably good to point out that the turn-out on Wednesday nights is extremely low – around 20 people, so it’s not as if you have to worry about a club scene. Everyone lines up face against the bar, and stands watching the band rock it out on stage. GigLive also offers up three different bands each night, each being allotted around thirty minutes. It seems that the starting time has been placed for 10:00 PM as well.
What about the music itself? It’s definitely indie rock, though I have to say that I’m a little lacking on a proper background, but it’s pretty similar to what you can hear in the US. I feel that it’s a bit interesting to listen to indie rock that’s done in Chinese though – and it’s strange to think of how similar the sounds are. My only complaints would be against the overly loud music – I think my clothes were moving with the vibrations. My problem seemed to revolve around the fact that I was unable to hear the lyrics, though I suppose that as most of the supporters were ex-pats, it doesn’t constitute an issue. The entry fee is also a little high at 88 RMB. Of course, it’s apparently “all you can drink”, but seeing that I don’t usually drink, it felt a bit excessive, though I understand that you really have to work out venues – and from the website, the club’s really the best they can get right now.
Overall, I would recommend seeing GigLive – especially given that it’s being hosted every week now, and every week they search for differing local talent. Just watch the taxis when leaving – the flood of new taxi drivers into Shanghai that can’t find their way around to anywhere is always a problem, where a 21 RMB ride ends up costing you a good 55 RMB.