Just heard that Suzhou’s Strawberry Music Festival, planned for this weekend, has been cancelled. The ticketing office confirmed to me that the festival will not go ahead, saying they were told the news at around 1pm today, but didn’t know the reason why. I called Modern Sky’s office who said that the cancellation was because a lightening storm had damaged their sound equipment, and advised me to check their website for news of how to get a refund. Weather reports don’t show any storms in Suzhou yesterday, but there were some the day before, apparently. Perhaps lightening works slowly.
A friend working for a music company in Beijing said the cancellation might have something to do with the Zuoxiao Zuzhou, who might have been detained along with his wife yesterday at Shanghai airport. But according to Modern Sky’s website he’s not on the lineup of either of the festival this weekend (he played at their folk and poetry festival earlier this month). So maybe this is really a case of bad weather rather than the current political climate and tighter controls on cultural events. Interested to hear more about this. (also: modern sky really need a new website design…)