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Beijing Guoan Fan’s Music Festival This Weekend

The first matchday is exactly a month away, but Beijing Guoan fans will gather this weekend to get pumped up for the upcoming season with the 3rd edition of the Guoan Fan’s Music Festival.  It’s going to be a weird mix of music (lots of heavy metal and hip hop, two styles that really don’t go together very well) and people (the type that listen to heavy metal and hip hop, as well as the type who’d never go to a music event if not for the fact it included the Guoan name).

This year’s show is expected to be the biggest yet.  Though it uses the Guoan name, it is entirely organized by the supporters and has no connection to the club.  It should be a fun night with some good music, so if you’re in Beijing, make it out to Mao Livehouse on Gulou East Rd.  The show is tomorrow night (Saturday, 11th) at 6 pm and tickets will be RMB 80 (or RMB 60 if you’re wearing Guoan clothing or a scarf).

Brandon Chemers aka B. Cheng aka A Modern Lei Feng – is a name which may be familiar to many in the Chinese blogosphere. He currently serves as Editor-in-Chief for Wild East Football and is one of the lonely souls writing about Chinese football in English for the last 10 years. Chemers' credentials are second to none – his former blog focused not only on the fortunes of his beloved Beijing Guoan FC, but a multitude of other aspects of Beijing life. He’s deservedly built a reputation in the Chinese blogosphere as an insightful observer of not only Chinese football, but also the wider picture of life in modern China and its many layers. For WEF, beyond writing about Guoan, he often focuses on fan culture and the business of Chinese football.

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