Buzzcocks, Futureheads, British Sea Power banned from Beijing festival

Modern Sky Festival drops all foreign bands from bill

Buzzcocks, The Futureheads, British Sea Power and Radio 4 are among the bands who have been stopped from playing the Beijing Modern Sky Festival bill, as all foreign acts have been dropped from the event’s line-up.

The festival is still set to go ahead on October 4-7 at Chaoyang Park in the Chinese capital, with Chinese acts set to play. The (International) Noise Conspiracy and Australian band Regurgetator[ were also among the 14 acts dropped.

No reason was given for the cancellations. A statement posted on the festival’s official website,, explained that “unforeseen circumstances” had caused the decision.


Earlier this year Oasis were banned from playing live in China by the country’s government, reportedly due to Noel Gallagher‘s participation in a Free Tibet concert in 1997.

Last year the Chinese government announced that it would be cracking down on foreign bands trying to play in the country after Bjork made a vocal show of support for freeing Tibet during a Chinese gig.