Major Lazor brought dancehall reggae to Beijing’s Dashanzi 798 art district this weekend (Sept 17-19), drawing the inaugural series of Creators Project events to close with a female stage invasion.
The event was part of a series of shows organised across the globe by Vice and Intel, which has seen gigs taking place in New York with MIA and Interpol and London, with those in the bill including Mark Ronson and Kele Okereke.
The Chinese leg saw a day-long music event on Saturday (September 18), which was headlined by the collaborative project between producers Diplo and Switch, but also featured performances from Chinese indie acts Queens Sea Big Shark and New Pants.
Major Lazer‘s set saw Diplo performing on a raised platform at the back of the auditorium while Skerrit Bwoy frenetically MCed to the producer’s beats. Mixing electro-house, baile funk, dancehall and the occasional guilty pleasure like Ace Of Base’s ‘All That She Wants’, towards the end of the performance Diplo invited women from the crowd to join him up on stage. However, security failed to quell a rush of female bodies storming the stage, forcing the DJ to pause before the crowds returned to normal.
Meanwhile, large crowds turned out for Chinese synth-punks New Pants’ set, which culminated in keyboard player/ singer Pang Kuan dramatically smashing an Apple Mac monitor at the climax of ‘Sex, Drugs, Internet’.
However billed performances by Delorean and CSS did not materialise. The former played a DJ set at the event after their equipment was held at Chinese customs, while the Brazilian band pulled out after encountering visa issues..
Elsewhere at the event, which like its predecessors mixed digital arts with music in a series of unique multi-platform events, Beijing hosted a series of short-films and art installations from artists such as Spike Jonze, Takeshi Murata and Yeah Yeah Yeahs‘ Nick Zinner.
For more information on the various Creators Projects head to Thecreatorsproject.com.