China’s premier event organisers Split Works are celebrating ten years of slugging it out in China. Check out some of the events they have planned to celebrate this feat:
“十 Marks the Spot.
For your friends at Split Works, that spot has always been about pushing ‘music that works’ – from the wildly appealing to the urgently necessary. From Mika to Sonic Youth. From Black Rabbit to Concrete & Grass. No grand plans, and only some delusions of grandeur. And always great music. Something new. Something different. Something that gives rather than takes. From 2006 to 2016, we’ve been working on shows, gigs, and festivals, from Xinjiang to Guangdong. From tours held together with duct tape to ambitious productions. Shows that spared many expenses but never reigned in the love and heart. It’s been a privilege and an honour. A decade in, and we’re still humbled and grateful everyday.
For our 10th anniversary, we’re doing a five-city tour for post-punk upstarts Eagulls. They’re our kind of band – hardworking and socially conscious, with an intense DIY spirit. They came to our attention back in 2012, when they wrote an infamous open letter (at the height of their music industry buzz cycle, no less) that contained the phrase “Fuck rite off” every second sentence.
They’ll be supporting post-punk royalty, and one of our favourite bands, P.K. 14. Yang Haisong and co. are China’s most influential band, and one of the central foundations of the country’s indie scene today. They were one of the first groups we toured, way back in 2008, they’ve played our festival main stages, and been a massive support to both us and China’s independent music scene for the last 10 years. They’re extraordinary, and we can’t think of a better band to cap our decade long journey. They’ll be playing at an awesome little secret warehouse we discovered in Shanghai, on November 26.”