The 29th Golden Melody Awards (aka Taiwanese Grammys) were held in Taipei Arena on June 23 honoring the top performers in music over the previous year. Taiwanese singer-songwriter LaLa Hsu (徐佳瑩) and Hong Kong singer Eason Chan (陳奕迅) were named Best Mandarin Female Singer and Best Mandarin Male Singer, and they also won Best Mandarin Album and Album of the Year respectively. The biggest winner was jazz pianist Yuying Hsu, who won three awards with her album “happened, happening".
The Bureau of Audiovisual and Music Industry Development of Ministry of Culture (文化部) announced the nomination list of this year’s Golden Melody Awards on June 16. Singers aMEI and JJ Lin lead with 6 nominations respectively, while the Outstanding Contribution Award goes to veteran diva Julie Su and bass virtuoso Joy Kuo.
For 2018, the Urban Nomad Opening Freakout will be held on April 14 and 15 at Tiger Mountain. 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.
Following the exhibition ALTERing NATIVism: Sound Cultures in Post-War Taiwan and the publication of the eponymous book, TheCube built a website to blaze another path of viewing, listening and grasping modern sound cultures in Taiwan.
Taiwan will be the first Asian country having the chance to perform in the SummerStage. On July 16th, from 6 to 10 in the evening, Desserts (張懸), Rollercoaster (落日飛車), and Won Fu (旺福樂團) are going to surge a wave of Taiwanese indie music in the Big Apple NYC.
1976, a Taiwanese indie rock band with Britpop sound has already released more than ten works till now. Their album Outdated (不合時宜) once won them the Band of the Year in Golden Melody Award. 2016 is the band’s 20th anniversary, and they are going to celebrate the special year by having a tour in Taiwan.