I remember when I first met Shanzhai Laowai back at School earlier this year – camera in hand, standing like a fortress of solitude, taking in Dr. Liu & The Human Centipede’s set. I was god smacked – while my body was getting tossed like a rag doll whilst trying to film, Mr. Cool Ghoul did not budge once. Literally commanded respect up front, commanded respect for the film form – something I’ve only maintained in small patches. One of the punk scene’s last genuine soldiers, Darryl Pestilence lays it all out there. So when late this summer, rumblings of a DIY fest to be created in retaliation against the increasingly commercialized (and predictably so) Beijing Punk Festival, I knew Darryl wasn’t gonna let this one lay dormant, and was gonna go the extra yard to get it done. And here we are two months later – the first annual Beijing Drunk Fest is a free, all-day punk platform being held out in punk’s home away from home, DMC, out in Tangzhou. 11 bands. Ten hours. Cheap drinks. And just about every offshoot of punk – garage, street, ska, noise, hardcore, old school – if it’s punk it’s on the bill. And best of all, seems to be a showcase for punk’s emerging talent rather than the old guard, something Darryl fought for. Kudos. Check out the entire lineup below and pop over to The Sound Stage to listen to an interview with the man himself as well as some choice punk cuts.
Where: DMC, Tangzhou
When: 12 pm Saturday October 25th