Hohaiyan Rock Festival 貢寮國際海洋音樂祭: Bands on the Beach

People settle in for the Hohaiyan Rock Festival 貢寮國際海洋音樂祭.

People settle in for the Hohaiyan Rock Festival 貢寮國際海洋音樂祭.

Is there a better place for a music festival than on a beach?  It’s hard to beat warm sand, cool waves, fried food, and loud music.  In the year 2000, some brilliant men and women got together and decided to combine all these things into the Hohaiyan Rock Festival (also known as the Hohaiyan Gongliao Rock Festival) 貢寮國際海洋音樂祭, located on Fulong Beach in New Taipei City.  I visited the festival in 2012 and loved it, but couldn’t make it in 2013 because a typhoon delayed part of the festival and I was busy on the new date.  Summer is inching closer, so I will see if I can make it again.  Here are some pictures from my visit.

The festival lasts for several days in the summer and features bands from several countries.  Each day has a special focus.  One day may showcase Taiwanese indie bands while another may only have international bands (typically a stone’s throw away like Malaysia or Hong Kong).  I believe last year they had a day dedicated to all-girl rock bands.

It goes without saying that it would attract massive crowds.  However, the beach is very spacious so I never felt cramped.  The food stalls have wide pathways, and if you can hang far from the stage and relax in the open.  It’s pretty easy to get very close to the stage if you want, as people are always filtering in and out.  Each day lasts from midday into the night, so it doesn’t really matter what time you get there unless you are looking for a specific band.  I definitely want to return again, but I suppose that’s for the typhoons to decide.  Enjoy my pictures.

This bridge leads to concert area.

This bridge leads to concert area.

The sun hangs heavy over the beach.

The sun hangs heavy over the beach.

Fulong Beach allows you to enjoy mountains and the beach at the same time!

Fulong Beach allows you to enjoy mountains and the beach at the same time!

Many people made their own mini-trench to get comfortable.

Many people made their own mini-trench to get comfortable.

Horses gallop through the beach.

Horses gallop through the beach.

Fulong actually has many places to see and explore.

Fulong actually has many places to see and explore.

A clean shot of the beach.

A clean shot of the beach.

An array of corn dogs.

An array of corn dogs.

There's an abundance of fried squid to chew on.

There’s an abundance of fried squid to chew on.

A rap-rock band from Malaysia.

A rap-rock band from Malaysia.

A musician rocks out near the festival's logo.

A musician rocks out near the festival’s logo.

I think I would feel nervous if I had to be up here.

I think I would feel nervous if I had to be up here.

A shot of the food stalls at night.

A shot of the food stalls at night.

A strange singer from Hong Kong.

A strange singer from Hong Kong.

The crowd grew quickly when night fell.

The crowd grew quickly when night fell.

Killer Soop, a nice band from Hong Kong.

Killer Soop, a nice band from Hong Kong.

A wide shot of the stage at night.  The green logo in the middle changes colors.

A wide shot of the stage at night. The green logo in the middle changes colors.

 

Location

Take the TRA to Fulong.  Follow the many signs to Fulong Beach.  The dates for the 2014 festival haven’t been announced yet, but you can check their website for future updates.

Website

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Posted on April 2, 2014, in Art, Festivals, New Taipei City and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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