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Boiler Room returns to China, announces Southbank Centre partnership

By | Published on Friday 26 April 2019

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Boiler Room has announced its official launch in China, following a short run of parties in the country back in 2017. Two launch shows are set to take place in Beijing and Shanghai next week.

“China is fast becoming a powerhouse in global underground music, and so it’s with huge excitement that we announce Boiler Room’s return with events in Beijing and Shanghai”, says the club and gig streaming site’s founder Blaise Bellville.

“Our core mission is to document club and dance floor culture the world over”, he goes on. “A big focus for us in the coming months will be to ensure these burgeoning Chinese scenes and artists are part of that story. We want to build a sustained presence for Boiler Room within China, through regular events and content that can be enjoyed both sides of the Great Firewall”.

The opening show will take place on 30 Apr at China’s first techno club, Lantern. Performing will be New Yorkers Volvox and Berlin’s Fadi Mohem, plus Beijing-based artists L+R Wang Lu & Yu Miao, Guzheng and Sun Meng. The live streaming for that will start at a very respectable 3pm in the UK.

After that, on 2 May, Shanghai will get in on the action at 44kw. That show will be headlined by Chinese producer Temple Rat, alongside fellow locals Max Shen and Deep 19, plus Serbian Tijana T.

Meanwhile, back in the UK, Boiler Room has announced a new partnership in London with the Southbank Centre’s Concrete Lates for a new monthly night running from May to the end of the year.

“Launching Concrete Lates a year ago was an experiment for Southbank Centre, but one that is central to our dedication to be for everyone”, says the venue’s Senior Contemporary Music Programmer Bengi Ünsal. “London’s nightlife and culture is one of the most diverse and varied in the world, and it’s right that the UK’s largest arts centre is taking its place within the capital’s clubbing scene”.

“After a promising first year, having Boiler Room come on board is a huge vote of confidence for us”, she goes on. “Their reputation with both artists and audiences for quality live music experiences is unrivalled the world over. With our two talented teams working together, I’m super excited for what Concrete Lates has to offer in the year to come”.

Details of the first three parties in the Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall will be announced on 1 May.