Urban Nomad Freakout Festival
Press Release: Feb 5, 2020
NOW 3 DAYS OF FULLBLOWN #FREAKADELIA!
- 40 bands and DJs, 15+ international performers!
- Lineup focus on “Asia’s Indie Explosion”
- We got hashtags! #freakadelic #freakadelia
- + Music, Art, Circus, Food, Mountains!
Urban Nomad’s annual festival of strange and #freakadelic things will take place April 10-12 in Taipei, with more than 40 musical acts and circus performers on four stages. Its most international lineup ever will focus on Asia’s Indie Explosion, with more than 15 overseas performers traveling from Japan, Korea, Indonesia, US, Canada, and Basque Countries, with many more to be announced. The festival also adds one extra day to become a three-day festival for the first time. Early bird tickets go on sale Feb 19 on www.KKtix.com.
The Urban Nomad Freakout Festival is a music festival organized by the Urban Nomad Film Fest. For more than a decade, it has brought the most outrageous, avant-garde and powerful indie musical acts from Asia and around the world to Taiwan, creating a carnival of music and art unlike anything else on the island.
LINEUP: ASIA’S INDIE EXPLOSION
This year’s lineup focus is on Asia’s Indie Explosion. In addition to looking for great acts from North America and Europe, Urban Nomad’s curators traveled to festivals in Japan, Korea, Thailand and Singapore, seeking out Asia’s most kickass live performers, including bands, live electronic acts, and even burlesque dancers.
The first lineup includes one of Japan’s hottest ska bands, More the Man, a group created in 2016 by Tatsuyuki Hiyamuta (founding member of the legendary TOKYO SKA PARADISE ORCHESTRA), and featuring saxophone player Motoharu Fukuda (ex. SOIL &”PIMP”SESSIONS), trumpeter Wataru Ohyama (ex PE’Z). Three Korean bands on the roster include blues rockers Billy Carter, avant-garde duo SaaWee, and psychedelic punkers Ego Function Error. Indonesia’s Bottlesmoker is a veteran of festivals and raves all over Asia, pumping out tribal bangers in a unique live performance of electronic dance music.
Taiwan’s top indie acts to play include No-nonsense Collective, 88 Balaz, Outlet Drift, Destroyers and newly popular reggae band Talent Shame You Gongs.
2020 Urban Nomad performers have won major awards and played big festivals around the world. SaaWee violinist Sita Chay was the first Korean to win a Latin Grammy Award in 2017 as part of the band Flor de Tolache. More the Man was invited to Fuji Rock Festival in 2017 and 2018, including the Red Marquee stage for 5,000 fans. Korea’s Billy Carter has been invited to major festivals including Rock in Rio (Brazil), The Great Escape (UK) and Primavera Pro (Spain). Indonesia’s Bottlesmoker has performed at Zandari (Korea), Laneway (Singapore), Big Mountain (Thailand), Jai Thep (Thailand) and more. Taiwan’s No-nonsense Collective won “Best Band” at Taiwan’s 9th Golden Indie Music Awards. More lineup announcements are to come!
NOW A 3-DAY FESTIVAL
Urban Nomad Freakout Festival’s new “third day” will be an Opening Night Party on Friday, April 10 at Triangle, an indoor venue, from 9pm until 4am. The other two days, April 11-12, performances will take place outdoors in the unique setting of Tiger Mountain, a former Taoist temple in the mountains on the outskirts of Taipei that offers one of Taiwan’s most unique festival venues. A limited number of 250 3-day festival passes will be sold online at KKTix.
Additionally, on April 9 a Pre-Freak Punk Party will be held at the Taipei live house Revolver, featuring Taiwanese and international bands, making for four total days of events.
IT’S GONNA BE #FREAKADELIC Y’ALL!
This year, Urban Nomad will use the hashtags #freakadelic and #freakadelia, a combination of “freaky” and “psychedelic”. And yes, we are definitely making a nod to Funkadelic, one of the greatest cross-over groups of all-time, who mixed soul, funk, psychedelic rock, doo-wop from the 1960s till today, creating a melting pot for American white music and black music. In 2020, Urban Nomad aims for a similar #freakadelic spirit of cultural and artistic cross-over.
Musical genres at Urban Nomad will include rock n roll, ska, techno, tribal house, hip hop, funk, reggae, aboriginal folk, avant-garde, classical contemporary, psychedelic punk, shoegaze, blues and much, much more. The festival’s spirit has always gone way beyond music. Also look for fire dancers, installation art, acrobats, performance artists, a charity hair salon, a furry chill zone (with massage!), gourmet foods including vegan options, craft beer, and all sorts of vendors, and all of this in a beautiful mountain valley with easy access to the MRT and Taipei city center.
DATES: April 10-12, 2020
LOCATIONS & TIMES:
4/9 Pre-Freak Party @ Revolver (#1-2, Sec 1, Roosevelt Rd), 8pm
4/10 @ Triangle (1 Yumen St, Taipei), 9pm – 4am
4/11-12 @ Tiger Mountain (No 186-1, Lane 221, Fude St, Xinyi District, Taipei), 2pm – late
MORE INFO: www.urbannomad.tw/musicfestival
BUY TICKETS: www.kktix.com on sale 2/19
ABOUT URBAN NOMAD
The Urban Nomad Freakout Fest is organized by the Urban Nomad Film Fest, first established in Taipei in 2002 as an underground film event. Over two decades, Urban Nomad has grown to become an annual Taiwanese landmark event for indie culture, drawing more than 10,000 fans annually to its programs for music and film. The festival aims to be a forum for cutting edge creative trends, inviting important international filmmakers and musicians and building a platform for exchange with Taiwanese creatives. Urban Nomad launched its first music event in 2008 as a film festival opening party. This annual music showcase grown steadily, in 2015 becoming an outdoor music festival called the Urban Nomad Freakout Festival.