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Urban Nomad will not hold any film events in 2020

COVID-19 made it impossible to hold a film festival in 2020, but the larger reason there is no 2020 Urban Nomad Film Fest is that Urban Nomad is one of the most underfunded film festivals in Taiwan. Due to budget concerns and the risk of a huge financial loss that would permanently kill the festival, we decided not to hold an event in 2020. We hope to be back in 2021, but need to find a more sustainable financial model in order for that to happen.


Urban Nomad is back with the Fall Freakout! Oct 3 at Tiger Mt!

We were honestly gutted in the spring, when it became impossible to do a full international music festival this year. But once Taiwan turned out to be the best in the world at handling the pandemic, local bands told us they wanted to play. So despite the setbacks of earlier this year, we’ve rallied to produce the URBAN NOMAD FALL FREAKOUT.

This one-day fest will pack everything into a massive party, with 25+ bands and DJs, as well as artists and performers going from 2pm to 5am at Taipei’s chillest and wildest outdoor music venue, Tiger Mountain. We will have 3 music stages, as well as roving artists, fire dancers, a hair salon, gourmet food, vegan options, craft beer, all sorts of vendors, and to top it all off, this happens in a beautiful mountain valley very close to the center of Taipei city.

Keep reading to find out about the big MAIN STAGE… ALL-NITE JUNGLE TECHNO… TEMPLE OF HIP HOP… and INDIE LIVE lineups.


Urban Nomad’s Music Fest Postponed

This is not a happy thing to announce, but due to coronavirus, the 2020 Urban Nomad Freakout Festival will be delayed until later this year. We hope to bring the full festival back in the autumn, and will announce new dates when this becomes possible. Most of the 15 international performers and dozens of Taiwanese performers originally planned for 2020 Urban Nomad have already agreed to join the festival once we can reschedule. So you can expect the same amazing, highly international lineup. Ticket refunds are available. And not everything is cancelled! In April, Urban Nomad will continue to hold two live music events at Revolver and Triangle on April 9 and 10.


Korean bands at Urban Nomad? Oh yes!

Three Korean bands will be among the 40 musical acts at this year’s Urban Nomad Freakout Festival, to be held in Taipei April 10-12. The bands are SaaWee, an avant-garde duo of traditional percussion and violin, scuzz blues band Billy Carter, and psychedelic punk group Ego Function Error. Korea has a fantastic, thriving indie music scene, similar in many ways to Taiwan’s, but relatively unknown here. Inviting these three bands to Urban Nomad is an effort to bring some kickass music to our amazing audience, and second to help build up connections between Taiwanese indie music and the awesome stuff happening in Korea. They’re less then a two-hour flight away. There’s no reason we should be strangers. So here are three bands to look forward to at Urban Nomad 2020.


Urban Nomad 1st Lineup Announcement!

Urban Nomad announces 16 bands and DJs to play the 2020 Urban Nomad Freakout Festival, coming April 10-12 in Taipei. The festival will feature more than 40 performers in total, including 15 international performers. The festival’s 2020 lineup will focus on “Asia’s Indie Explosion”. So far six live acts are confirmed from Japan, Korea and Indonesia, including Tokyo ska band More the Man, Indonesia rave and music festival veterans Bottlesmoker, and indie bands from Korea.


2020 Urban Nomad Freakout Festival coming in April!

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


2020 Urban Nomad Call for Films

Submissions are now open for the 19th annual Urban Nomad Film Fest, to be held in Taipei in April-May 2020, then later in the year touring programs will take films to other Taiwanese cities. Urban Nomad will hold competitions in two main categories, “Taiwan films” and “Taiwan indie music videos”, with awards including cash prizes and post-production services from a top Taiwan post-production house, Far East Translation Services. There is also a non-competition section for entries from outside Taiwan. Find out how to submit works here.