Garage Rock & Neo-Psychedelia Headlines Urban Nomad Opening Freakout 2018


For 2018, the Urban Nomad Opening Freakout (遊牧影展怪奇音樂祭) will be held on April 14 and 15 (Sat & Sun) at Taipei’s best outdoor music venue, Tiger Mountain (微遠虎山), a green mountain valley only a 10-minute taxi ride from Taipei 101. There will also be a warm-up party before the festival, a late-night afterparty on April 14, and more fun events.

The lineup will consist of more than 30 bands and DJs playing on two main stages, plus amazing food, craft beer, a pop-up vinyl DJ stage, art installations and booths, circus performers and new surprises. Headliners include Angelo Moore and the Brand New Step, a 6-piece San Francisco-area group fronted by Angelo Moore of legendary 90s alternative band Fishbone, playing a neo-soul, ska and funk fusion with electronic dance music. There will also be French keyboardist Laurent Coulondre, winner of Best New Artist at France's equivalent to the Grammy's, with his jazz duo Zero Gravity. Japanese bands Minnesota Voodoo Men and Walkings bring wild music from Tokyo's garage scenes, while PeopleJam and omni sight, also from Japan, will jam out dance beats with live band instrumentation. The lineup also features many of Taiwan's best live acts, Skaraoke, Hang in the Air (盪在空中), Outlet Drift (漂流出口), Sonia Calico, Destroyers (擊沉女孩), Crocodelia (鱷魚迷幻) and many more.

Angelo Moore and the Brand New Step. (Photo courtesy of Urban Nomad)

Laurent Coulondre. (Photo courtesy of Urban Nomad)

Generally, Saturday's lineup will focus on garage rock, neo-psychedelia, and electronic, while Sunday will feature neo-soul, funk, ska and jazz. And don't miss the CIRCUS STAGE for jugglers, aerial artists and fire eaters, happening both days.

This party began in 2008 as an opening party for the Urban Nomad Film Fest, kicking off a decade of musical events inviting the best, weirdest and most outrageous underground and indie musical acts to Taiwan. Highlights include I.U.D. (feat Liz Bougatsos of Gang Gang Dance) for the Video Mindfuck Party (2011), Trippple Nippples (2012), Mop of Head (2013, 2016), Autopsy for a Drowned Shrimp (2015), Kinoco Hotel (2017), and many more. Since 2015, Urban Nomad's opening party has grown to become its own event, an outdoor music festival that kicks off the Urban Nomad spring season -- the Urban Nomad Opening Freakout.



4/14-15 (Sat-Sun) @ Tiger Mountain (Taipei)

by 4/13 midnight online ticket: or FamiPort


4/12 (Thu) 19:00-24:00 @ PIPE Live Music

Urban Nomad Garage Rockin Craze Taiwan Premiere + producer B.B. Clarke Q&A + The Stressful Sound + The Minnesota Voodoo Men + B.B. Clarke DJ Set
Film + Bands | Advance: $400 | Door: $500
Bands only 9:30pm - midnight | Advance: $300 | Door: $400

4/13 (Fri) 21:00-02:00 @ Revolver

Japonicus Night in Taipei
TIX: $350 + 1 drink

4/14 (Sat) 22:00-04:00 @ Triangle after party

會後派對 Urban Nomad Afterparty featuring Angelo Moore (DJ set)
TIX: $250 with Urban Nomad wristband / $500 regular admission